WILMINGTON, N.C. – Elon University volleyball’s Ali Deatsch and Caroline Lemke have been selected to the 2011 North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) University Division All-State volleyball team. Deatsch and Lemke are two of seven student-athletes from six institutions named to this year’s team, while Elon was the only program with two honorees.
Deatsch, a libero from Elmhurst, Ill., led the Phoenix with 4.24 digs per set and became the program’s Division I leader in total digs (1,435) over the season. The junior also set a new program mark at the DI level for service aces with 54, ranking first in the Southern Conference and 18th in the nation in that category. Deatsch was named the SoCon Defensive Player of the Week twice this season and was also selected to the Butler Invitational All-Tournament Team after recording 70 digs in 12 sets with a 5.83 digs per set average.
After a one-season hiatus, Lemke is back on the all-state squad following a senior campaign in which she led Elon in total kills (317) and kills per set (2.78). The middle blocker from Carmel, Ind., finished her career in the maroon and gold fifth on Elon’s all-time list for kills (1,279) and second on the DI list for total blocks (519). Lemke was named to both the Hilton RTP/NCCU and Gamecock Invitational All-Tournament Teams, while also receiving SoCon Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Founded in 2002, NCCSIA is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The organization seeks to promote collegiate athletics and student-athletes at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.
NCCSIA 2011 University Division All-State Volleyball Team Name / Position / Class / School / Hometown Andrea Beck / MH/B / Jr. / Wake Forest / Winston-Salem, N.C. Ali Deatsch / L / Jr. / Elon / Elmhurst, Ill. Heather Feldman / S / Fr. / Gardner-Webb / Eden, N.Y. Caroline Lemke / MH/B / Sr. / Elon / Carmel, Ind. Christi Laite / RS / So. / UNC Wilmington / Severna Park, Md. Ariel Newman / OH / Sr. / UNCG / Greensboro, N.C. Bianca Rouse / OH / Jr. / Charlotte / Columbia, S.C.