NEW ORLEANS — Regular-season champion Xavier University of Louisiana led all schools Friday with four student-athletes named to the 2016 All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference volleyball team.
The Gold Nuggets' Juliana Tomasoni and Amanda Perry are first-team selections, and Tiffany Phillips and Hasani Salaam made the second team.
The GCAC's seven head coaches selected the team.
Tomasoni — a junior outside hitter/defensive specialist from Nova Trento, Brazil, and a graduate of Francisco Mazzola in her home country and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M — leads the Gold Nuggets through 27 matches with 267 kills and is second with a .236 hitting percentage, 333 digs and 20 aces. In her third XULA match she produced a school-record 25 kills Aug. 20 against Evangel.
Perry, a freshman libero/defensive specialist from Bolingbrook High School and a graduate of Bolingbrook High School, has a school-record 438 digs and is third on the Nuggets with 17 aces. A three-time GCAC Defender of the Week, Perry also set school season records with 24 matches of double-figure digs and 18 matches in a row.
Phillips, a freshman setter/defensive specialist from Gardena, Calif., and a graduate of Bishop Montgomery High School, leads XULA with 682 assists and 21 aces. She also has 202 digs, 65 kills and 19 blocks. Five times she has been chosen GCAC Setter of the Week; that ties the XULA record for most weekly awards in this sport. Her 11 assist-dig double-doubles are a XULA season record.
Salaam, a freshman middle blocker/right side from New Orleans and a graduate of Lusher Charter School, leads the Nuggets with 47 blocks. She ranks third at XULA with 185 kills.
XULA will conclude the regular season with GCAC matches at 1 p.m. Saturday at Talladega and 7 p.m. Monday at home against Tougaloo. The Gold Nuggets will play at 3 p.m. Friday in the semifinals of the GCAC Tournament at Dillard's Dent Hall.
|Sonja Backovic||SUNO||MB||5-10||So.||Sombor, Serbia|
|Kaylin Davison||Edward Waters||OH||5-9||Jr.||Columbus, Ohio|
|Corneisja Harrison||Dillard||OH||5-5||Fr.||Cypress, Texas|
|Demetria Horton||Dillard||L/DS||5-6||Sr.||Dallas, Texas|
|Carla Novaes||Talladega||OH||6-1||Sr.||Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|Amanda Perry||XULA||L/DS||5-4||Fr.||Bolingbrook, Ill.|
|Juliana Tomasoni||XULA||OH/DS||5-9||Jr.||Nova Trento, Brazil|
|Carolyne Edwards||Tougaloo||OH||5-11||So.||Southaven, Miss.|
|Bethany Holland||Talladega||S||5-5||Fr.||Atlanta, Ga.|
|Alexandra Jwainat||Tougaloo||S||5-9||So.||Madison, Miss.|
|Ma-Kayla Johnson||Dillard||S/RS||5-7||Fr.||San Antonio, Texas|
|Tiffany Phillips||XULA||S/DS||5-9||Fr.||Gardena, Calif.|
|Jessica Porter||Tougaloo||OH/DS||5-8||Jr.||New Orleans, La.|
|Hasani Salaam||XULA||MB/RS||6-0||Fr.||New Orleans, La.|
Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director
XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA