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Nov 15, 2012 7:44 PM by UL Sports Information

UL's Gavin Named 2nd Team All-Sun Belt

Playing a position in volleyball that serves as the "director" of the offense, Ragin' Cajuns volleyball senior setter Mandi Gavin fulfilled that role this season and even more.


For her efforts, the coaches in the Sun Belt Conference rewarded her with a spot on the 2012 All-Sun Belt Volleyball team which was announced here Wednesday evening during the pre-SBC Tournament banquet at the Harbaugh Club inside L.T. Smith Stadium on the Western Kentucky University campus.


Gavin was one of 16 Sun Belt student-athletes named to the all-league team. She was a second-team selection.


A preseason all-conference pick prior to the start of the 2012 season, Gavin joins Lesley Mirarchi (2010) as recent Cajuns named All-Sun Belt.


The Arlington, Texas, native becomes the seventh player in Cajuns volleyball history to receive All-SBC accolades (1991-present) joining a list of elite alums that includes all-time kills leader Nia Kiggundu and Brazilian greats Janaina Gomes, Clarices Laires and Priscilla Lima.


The honor is the "crown jewel" of a brilliant senior campaign that saw Gavin become only the fourth player in Louisiana volleyball program history to reach 3,000 career assists, an accomplishment that occurred on Oct. 16 in New Orleans.


"This is a well deserved accomplishment for a young woman who has forever changed this program," remarked head coach Heather Mazeitis-Fontenot. "She is a gem who will be remembered for a long time to come."


From the start of the regular season, Gavin's MVP-like qualities were on display for the Ragin' Cajuns.


Even though she served as the team's primary setter, she managed to have a hand in just about everything, averaging 1.21 kills, 9.59 assists, 2.37 digs and 1.87 points per set. For the third straight season she posted 60-plus blocks and was the team's second-leading blocker.


She helped direct the Cajuns offense to the first team hitting percentage above .200 in the rally scoring era and tournament championships in the Bon Temps Invitational and Memphis Tiger Invitational.


Along the way, she collected a team-high 11 double-doubles which included a 37-assist and 15-dig showing in her final home match last Wednesday against UNO.


The 6-foot-2 framed setter dished out 30-plus assists 20 times in 30 matches and ended the regular season ranked Top 10 in the Sun Belt Conference in service aces and assists.


Gavin eclipsed 1,000 assists in a single season for the second time in her career and brings a season total of 1,103 into the Sun Belt Tournament, a tally that's only 61 shy of her personal single-season best 1,164 assists set as a sophomore in 2010.


When the final rally of her collegiate career is complete she will leave ranked third in Ragin' Cajuns Volleyball history for career assists. Gavin presently holds 3,287 career assists.


In a career that encompasses 128 matches and 454 sets prior to the start of the SBC Tournament, Gavin owns 549 kills, 109 service aces, 954 digs and 284 blocks in addition to her career assists tally.


The 2012 All-Sun Belt volleyball selections were made in a vote by the league's 11 head coaches.


UALR sophomore Edina Begic was named the league's Player of the Year, WKU's Ashley Potts received Defensive Player of the Year honors, top freshman honors went to North Texas' Carnae Dillard and WKU head coach Travis Hudson was named the SBC Coach of the Year.


The 2012 Sun Belt Conference Volleyball Tournament is slated for Nov. 15-17, at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, Ky. The opening round begins at 12 p.m. on Thursday with the Ragin' Cajuns, seeded seventh, facing Troy. The semifinals will be held Friday at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. with the championship match starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The championship match will be available nationally on ESPN3.


The winner of the tournament earns the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. All matches will be streamed live for free on www.sunbeltsports.org.


2012 SBC First Team All-Conference

Edina Begic (UALR, Sophomore, OH)

Allison Kearney (Arkansas State, Senior, S)

Carnae Dillard (North Texas, Freshman, OH)

Courtney Windham (North Texas, Junior, OH)

Ashley Potts (WKU, Junior, DS)

Jordyn Skinner (WKU, Senior, OH)

Melanie Stutsman (WKU, Junior, S)

Paige Wessel (WKU, RS-Junior, OH)


2012 SBC Second Team All-Conference

Megan Baska (Arkansas State, Junior, DS/L)

Marija Prsa (FIU, Senior, OH)

Mandi Gavin (Louisiana, Senior, S)

Chelsea Ross (Middle Tennessee, Freshman, OH)

Alexandra Alexander (Troy, Junior, S)

Blair Winston (Troy, Freshman, OH)

Heather Boyan (WKU, Sophomore, MH)

Noelle Langenkamp (WKU, Freshman, MH)


2012 SBC Player of the Year

Edina Begic (UALR, Sophomore, OH)


2012 SBC Defensive Player of the Year

Ashley Potts (WKU, Junior, DS)


2012 SBC Freshman of the Year

Carnae Dillard (North Texas, Freshman, OH)


2012 SBC Coach of the Year

Travis Hudson, WKU



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