TC’s Dean earns region honor
SAVANNAH, Ga. — Tusculum College libero/ defensive specialist Caitlyn Dean has been named to the 2012 Daktronics NCAA Division II Volleyball All-Southeast Region second team.
This marks the third straight year Dean has been named to Daktronics All-Region team, but first as a second team selection despite leading all NCAA divisions in digs, averaging 7.80 per set, which is currently on pace to be a new NCAA II record (Kristen Hager, West Virginia State, 7.23 in 2008). Her 842 total digs this year are just three off her NCAA II-record mark of 845 posted in her 2010 rookie campaign.
Dean, a junior from Fort Wayne, Ind., has earned AVCA All-Region honors for three consecutive seasons, becoming the first three-time All-Region honoree since the Pioneers joined the NCAA II ranks in 1998.
The two time Daktronics All-America First Team honoree has amassed 2,371 career digs, which are already a new school record, second most in South Atlantic Conference history and 22nd in the NCAA II record book. Her 7.12 career digs per set average is currently the best average of any player in D-II history, just ahead of Western Washington’s Courtney Schneider, who averaged 7.00 digs per set from 2004-07.
The three-time All-SAC First Team honoree has accounted for 70 assists and 34 service aces (7th in SAC), and has also been named to the Capital One Academic All-District 3 Volleyball Team this fall.