Nov. 19, 2003
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State volleyball player Cassie McLaughlin was named the ACC’s Freshman of the Year and to the All-ACC Freshman Team. McLaughlin was the only Seminole player to earn conference honors, as released by the ACC office on Wednesday afternoon. Maryland’s Janice Kruger received Coach of the Year honors, while Georgia Tech’s Kele Eveland Player of the Year.
“We’re thrilled to have this honor and Cassie has worked and played hard all year to earn this recognition,” said head coach Todd Kress. “We knew our freshmen had to step up this year and she (Cassie) has been a strong contributor all season. We had to play a lot of newcomers this year and this just shows where our program is headed and the talent we expect to bring in each year. We want our newcomers to come in every year and be able to fight for this type of honor and it will help this team get better as a whole each and every year.”
McLaughlin, an outside hitter/middle blocker from Cary, Illinois., is just the second Seminole to earn Freshman of the Year honors since FSU joined the ACC in 1992 (Kate Hemlepp, 1997). She was one of six newcomers named to the All-ACC Freshman Team, chosen by the league’s head coaches. McLaughlin leads the team in kills (325) and total attacks (799), while she is currently fourth in the ACC with 43 service aces. She ranks second on the squad in both digs per game average (2.24) and kills per game average (2.93), while ranking third in kills (207). McLaughlin is the only Seminole to record a triple-double during the season as she totaled 18 kills, 10 digs and 10 blocks against Arkansas State (9/5) in the Texas State Tournament in San Marcos, Texas.
The Seminoles head to the ACC Tournament in Orlando, Fla., on Thursday, November 20. FSU will play NC State in the first round at 7:30 p.m. and the winner will face top-seed Georgia Tech on Friday at 1:30 p.m.