Wright, Valentine Named A-10 Volleyball Student-Athlete of the Year and Rookie of the Year, Respectively

Nov. 20, 2008

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- Senior Maggie Wright has been named the Atlantic 10 Conference Student-Athlete of the Year and to the Academic All-Conference team for volleyball and freshman Alyssa Valentine was named the Rookie of the Year and to the All-Rookie team in voting conducted among the Conference's head coaches, the league office announced Nov. 20. Also recognized were senior Liz Moult and sophomore Leah Hill who both were named to the All-Conference second team.

Wright the Colonials' senior co-captain from Cortlandt Manor, NY, was voted to the seven-member Academic All-Conference team by the league's sports information directors and coaches. Wright maintains a 3.96 GPA as a Pre-Health Professional major. Last week she was named to the 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District II University Division Volleyball First Team as voted by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Wright led the team in digs with 436 for an average of four digs per set this season.

Valentine, a six-time A-10 Rookie of the Week selection from Tustin, CA, led the squad, and was fifth in the A-10, in assists average with 9.38 per game. She becomes just the third A-10 Volleyball Rookie of the Year from GW and the first since Lindsey Vernand won the honor in 2002.

Moult, a senior outside hitter from Shillington, PA, led the Colonials in points (301.5) and kills (271) this season and is fourth on the team in total blocks. She registered double-figure kills in 18 of GW's 28 matches.

Hill, a sophomore outside hitter from Ontario, NY, was third on the team in points (248.5) and second in both kills (227) and digs (257). She recorded eight double-doubles (kills/digs) this season.



Third-seeded GW (18-10, 9-4 A-10) faces sixth-seeded Fordham Friday in the first round of the A-10 Tournament in St. Louis. That match is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. (EST) at Saint Louis University's Chaifetz Arena Pavilion. The winner will meet either second-seeded Dayton at 6:30 p.m. Saturday or top-seeded Saint Louis at 9:00 p.m. Saturday. The winners advance to the championship final at 2 p.m. Sunday.

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