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Sgherza, Atilano Garner Volleyball All-Conference USA Accolades


NORFOLK, Va. – Old Dominion volleyball student-athletes Alessia Sgherza and freshman Teresa Atilano both received All-Conference USA honors, the league announced Wednesday afternoon. 
Sgherza earned a spot on the All-C-USA second team. The outside hitter played in all 69 sets for the Monarchs. She paced ODU with 3.56 points per set and 3.19 kills per set. Sgherza averaged 2.04 digs per set, second-most on the team. Overall, she compiled five double-doubles in ODU's inaugural season. On Tuesday, Sgherza was named to the C-USA all-academic team.
Atilano, ODU's primary setter, was selected to the C-USA all-freshman team. She saw action in all 18 matches for the Monarchs. The San Diego, California native tallied 586 assists, the most on the team and seventh in C-USA. Atilano compiled 29 service aces, which ranks first on the team and fifth in the league. On Feb. 28, Atilano notched a career-high 57 assists in ODU's win over Florida Atlantic.
Player of the Year: Nicole Lennon, Rice
Defensive Player of the Year: Destiny Leon, Marshall
Setter of the Year: Carly Graham, Rice
Freshman of the Year: Emani' Foster, Charlotte
Libero of the Year: Sarah Schank, Marshall
Coach of the Year: Karen Weatherington, Charlotte
All-Conference First Team
Emani Foster, Charlotte
Ciara DeBell, Marshall
Rhett Robinson, North Texas
Anota Adekunle, Rice
Carly Graham, Rice
Nicole Lennon, Rice
Fernanda Maida, UAB
Cheyenne Jones, UTEP
Lauren Matthews, WKU
Nadia Dieudonne, WKU
Paige Briggs, WKU
All-Conference Second Team
Amani McArthur, Charlotte
Sydney Rowan, Charlotte
Destiny Leon, Marshall
Sarah Schank, Marshall
Sydney Lostumo, Marshall
Alessia Sgherza, Old Dominion
Ellie Bichelmeyer, Rice
Duquesne Moratzka, Southern Miss
Alex Kells, UAB
Serena Patterson, UTEP
Katie Isenbarger, WKU
All-Freshman Team
Emani' Foster, Charlotte
Lara Kretchmer, Charlotte
Amelia Van Der Werff, Middle Tennessee
Teresa Atilano, Old Dominion
Danyle Courtley, Rice
Erin Powers, UAB
Ava Palm, UTEP