WILMINGTON, NC – Five Western Carolina volleyball student athletes have been named to the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association 2021 University Division All-State Volleyball Team, it was announced Monday.
seniors Sydney Carlson (setter) and Happy Calling (outside batter), junior Johnna Robinson (middle blocker), sophomore Destinee Dorsey (libero), and freshmen Bailey Hartsough (outside hitter) consisted of five players in the eight-man team. This is the largest WCU representation on the University Division All-State team since its inception.
Carlson saw action in all 28 games and led the Catamounts with 668 assists and a 6.68 average per set. She just turned 15e player in program history to surpass 1,000 assists in Samford on October 29. Carlson surpassed the limit of 20 assists in 19 games with six games over 30 assists and twice handed out over 40 assists, including a career-high 47 against Western Illinois on September 10. The Birmingham, Ala. native also posed an offensive threat as she led the team with 34 service aces, including a career-best four in Alabama on Sept. 18. She also registered a career-high seven kills against Wofford in the quarterfinals of the SoCon Tournament.
Gebel earned second-team honors in the All-Southern Conference in 2021 after being named to the preseason all-league team. Gebel led WCU and finished fourth in the SoCon in kills per set with 3.56. The Wildwood, Mo. native led WCU with 16 double-doubles, surpassing both 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs this season. Gebel recorded double-digit kills in 23 of the squad’s 27 games, including three over 20 kills with a career-best 27 kills in Alabama on Sept. 27. Defensively, Gebel recorded 277 digs and 2.77 digs per set, including a career-best 18 digs against UNCG on Oct. 13.
Robinson earned All-State honors after leading the team and finishing fourth in the SoCon averaging 1.08 blocks per set. She posted a career best 10 total blocks on Chattanooga and registered four solo blocks against Rider. Offensively, Robinson scored a career-high 12 kills against Rider. Robinson was named to the GCU Invitational All-Tournament Team after recording 19 kills and 15 total blocks.
Dorsey, the 2020-21 Southern Conference Libero of the Year, led both WCU and SoCon with 5.10 digs per set. The Mobile, Ala. native started every game and finished with double-digit digs in 27 of the season’s 28 games. Dorsey earned September Defensive Player of the Month awards after averaging 4.88 digs per set in the first full month of the season. She had a career-best 31 digs at Davidson in the opening weekend of the season, surpassing the 20-dig plateau in 13 games, including a run of five consecutive 20-dig games. Dorsey also made her mark on the serving line, finishing third on the team with 20 service aces, including a career-high three against ETSU on October 22.
Hartsough finished her first collegiate regular season with 2.88 kills per set and a total of 210 kills, placing her second on the team in both categories. Hartsough, a SoCon All-Freshman team squad, racked up double-digit kills in 12 games with a career-best 18 kills three times this season: at Wofford on October 9 at home against UNCG on October 13 and in the home final against Furman on November 6. The native of LaGrange, Ind., upped her game in league matches, finishing seventh in kills per set with 3.36. A total of 11 of Hartsough’s 12 double-digit kill matches entered conference play.
Founded in 2002, the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is made up of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The goal of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics in all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university, or conference in North Carolina whose area of responsibility lies with sports information.
NCCSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, softball, and baseball.
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