Dec. 10, 2003
Tallahassee, Fla. – Seminole volleyball outside hitter Cassie McLaughlin was named the East Region’s Freshman of the Year on Wednesday. She becomes the first player in FSU history to earn Region Freshman of the Year honors. McLaughlin was the only Seminole player to earn All-Region honors, as released by the AVCA. Eleven of the 12 All-East Region members hailed from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
“We are thrilled for Cassie and the Seminole volleyball program to earn this recognition,” said head coach Todd Kress. “Our freshmen played a big roll for our team this year and she (Cassie) was a big part of that all season long. We stride to bring the top athletes into this volleyball program and this is just the beginning of what is to come. With the players we have in place and the top recruits we have coming in, Florida State volleyball is heading in the right direction.”
McLaughlin, an outside hitter/middle blocker from Cary, Ill., is the first Seminole to earn Region Freshman of the Year honors. Earlier this year, McLaughlin was named the ACC’s Freshman of the year, which marked the second time 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 led Florida State in kills (360), total attacks (875) and was fourth in the ACC with 44 service aces. She also finished second on the squad in both digs per game average (2.22) and kills per game average (2.95). McLaughlin was 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.
“I am really excited and feel it’s a great honor,” said Cassie McLaughlin. “I worked hard all year and I tried to put my best on the floor every time out. It was great playing with the team this year and a great atmosphere to come into as a freshman. We have a strong group of players returning and we look to have a great year next year now that we have more experience.”
The Seminoles ended their 2003 season at Georgia on November 28th.