Pittman and Gillespie Named to All-Tournament TeamDecember 8, 2013
WINGATE, N.C. – The Anderson junior duo of Hailey Pittman and Shannon Gillespie capped a record-setting season by being named to the 2013 NCAA Southeast Region Volleyball All-Tournament Team, as announced at the conclusion of the tournament.
“This has been an exciting year for our program and the rewards seem to keep coming,” said Anderson head coach Craig Mosqueda. “Hailey and Shannon had a great season and performed well in the postseason as well. I am very proud of them and their teammates for such a great season.”
After helping lead the Trojans to their first-ever appearance in the South Atlantic Conference championship tilt, Gillespie and Pittman garnered Daktronics All-Region accolades last week.
The 2013 edition of Trojan volleyball saw Anderson earn its first NCAA Tournament victory by upsetting fourth-seeded Tusculum last Thursday, before falling to No. 1 seed and eventual region champion Wingate a day later. The talented tandem combined for 42 kills, five service aces, 18 digs and four blocks in the two NCAA Tournament matches.
AU concluded the campaign with an overall record of 19-14, marking the most wins since the 2009 squad earned 22 victories.
Gillespie, a native of Fishers, Ind., set a new school record for kills in a single season with 526, and is currently seventh in AU’s record books with 1,193 career kills. The 5-foot-10 outside hitter led the SAC with her 4.05 kills per set average and also paced the league in total kills, points and points per set. Gillespie also ranked eighth in the SAC in digs (449) and 12th in digs per set (3.45).
A 5-foot-11 middle blocker, Pittman posted the 10th-highest single-season kill total in AU history with 426, and currently ranks 10th in the school record books with 892 career kills. A native of Orlando, Fla., Pittman averaged 3.28 kills per set on the season, which ranked seventh in the conference and was second in the SAC in total kills. Her team-high .330 attack percentage was good enough for fifth in the league.
NCAA Southeast Region All-Tournament Team
Shannon Gillespie, Anderson
Hailey Pittman, Anderson
Abby Meyers, Flagler
Emilee Taylor, Flagler
Kristen Holmes, Armstrong
Megan Pando, Armstrong
Jessica Santaniello, Armstrong
Emily Wylie, Armstrong
Alison Cooke, Wingate
Anna Hilton, Wingate
Allison Rickher, Wingate
Stephanie Tassone, Wingate