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Daniel Lauletta, Coordinator of Sports Info
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Wildcat Volleyball Middle Blocker Katie Shorter Earns Another All-Region Accolade with Daktronics First Team Selection

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - Newark, Del.

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Junior Katie Shorter has been named All-East Region by AVCA and Daktronics

Daktronics announced its 2012 NCAA Division II East Region Women’s Volleyball All-Region Teams today and Wilmington University standout student-athlete, Katie Shorter, earned first team and is the first to be honored in program history.

Shorter (Pasadena, Md./Broadneck), already the first player in program history to be named All-Region last week by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, earned another all-region accolade by being voted a Daktronics All-Region selection. She helped lead the team to the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament Championship match as the South Division’s No. 1 seed as the team finished with a 28-6 overall record.

The junior middle blocker also picked up numerous CACC awards, becoming the first Wildcat to earn the CACC Player of the Year award since 2004 while also earning First Team All-CACC accolades. During the season, Shorter was the CACC Player of the Week on September 17 and again on October 24.

Shorter led the CACC is all four blocking categories, becoming the Wildcats all-time leader in blocks in only three years of action. She led the conference with 61 solo blocks, 114 block assists, 175 total blocks, and 1.46 blocks per set. As of games played through November 18, Shorter is ranked sixth in NCAA Division II in blocks per set.

She was also ninth in the CACC in points (352.0) and sixth in hitting percentage (234-84-55-.270), averaging a team’s third best 2.00 kills per set.

The 6-3 junior had a career day at the net against Caldwell, a five set come-from-behind victory for the Wildcats on October 20. She pounded out a career best 15 kills with only one error, hitting .519 for the match while collecting a solo block and eight block assists. She out did herself once again in the CACC Semifinals, however, collecting nine block assists and had a total of 13 blocks in the Tournament victory.

Shorter was the only CACC member to be on the All-East Region first team, while Caldwell’s Susan McDonough and Jaclyn Del Cid and Dominican’s Whitney Ranger earned Daktronics East Region second team.

Sports information directors from NCAA Division II East Region schools and conferences selected the two Daktronics All-Region teams. The process concludes with All-American selections announced in December. This is the seventh year Daktronics has sponsored the NCAA Division II Women's Volleyball All-Region and All-American teams.

The team is sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition. The team is voted on by the NCAA Division II members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (D2SIDA).


2012 Daktronics Division II All-East Region Team

First Team
Keidy Candelaria – New Haven, Sr. OH
Bethany Shepard – Dowling, Sr. OH
Ying Shen – Bridgeport, So. OH
Kaitlyn DeStefano – Adelphi, So. MH/B
Katie Shorter – Wilmington, Jr. MH/B
Elyse Rowland – Pace, Sr. L
Kaulana Ane – New Haven, So. S

Second Team
Biljana Savic – Bridgeport, So. OH
Shelby Cable – N.Y.I.T, Jr. OH
Susan McDonough – Caldwell, Sr. OH
Amber Cannady – New Haven, Jr. MH/B
Larissa Oliveira – Bridgeport, So. MH/B
Jaclyn Del Cid – Caldwell, So. L
Whitney Ranger – Dominican, Sr. S

East Region Player of the Year
Keidy Candelaria – New Haven, Sr. OH

Release written by Liz Case