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FMU Volleyball Libero Gains All-Region Honors
   FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University junior libero Jessica Strader was named to the 2005 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-South Region Team.

   Strader, a native of Kettering, Ohio, was among six players to earn honorable mention recognition.

   Strader enjoyed her second straight record-setting season in 2005. She set school and Peach Belt Conference season records for digs (709), breaking the marks she set in 2004. She also tied the FMU and PBC season record for most matches with at least 20 digs (17), another mark she established in 2004.

   Strader also led Francis Marion with 80 service aces, while averaging 5.03 digs per game. Both figures led the Peach Belt Conference. Only four times in 39 matches did she fail to record double-figure digs. During the 2005 campaign, she also set a new FMU career record with 1,593 digs. Twice this past season she was named the PBC Specialist of the Week, and she was also named the most valuable player at the PBC Tournament.

   Francis Marion ended its season 29-11 following a first-round loss in the NCAA Division II national tournament. The Patriots won the PBC Tournament title, after placing second during the conference’s regular season, and the squad’s 29 victories is the fourth-highest win total in team history.

Last Published: December 1, 2005 9:12 AM
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