BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - LSU middle blockers Desiree Elliott and Michele Williams were named to the preseason All-SEC volleyball team Tuesday as announced by the league office.
The Tigers have been represented on the squad in each of the first five seasons. The team is voted on by the SEC’s coaches.
Elliott and Williams combined for 600 kills, which accounted for 39 percent of LSU’s offense in 2010. They also teamed for 199 blocks to fuel the Tigers’ front row. LSU joined Florida and Kentucky as schools with two players chosen to the team.
“We’re extremely pleased that Desiree and Michele have been recognized by the SEC coaches for their spectacular play,” coach Fran Flory said in a university news release. “They were a major part of our program’s success last season, and we’ll be counting on their talents once again to reach our goals this season. Each brings a unique quality to our offense and plays at a consistent level in all facets of the game.”
Elliott belted 266 kills with 10 of her 13 double-digit spike performances coming during conference action to claim an All-SEC first team and SEC Freshman of the Year honors. She also registered a .337 hitting percentage, first among freshmen and seventh overall, in SEC action. The Cypress, Texas, native garnered a team-best 109 blocks, while her 1.02 blocks per set were 10th in the SEC.
Williams hammered 334 kills and totaled 90 blocks to rank second on the team in both categories. Her 3.12 kills per set were eighth in the SEC as Williams took home All-SEC second-team honors and garnered AVCA All-South Region Honorable Mention status.
The Magnolia, Texas, native connected for a team-best .303 hitting clip and tallied 13 of her 18 double-figure kills efforts versus SEC opponents.
LSU has won six consecutive SEC Western Division titles highlighted by the league’s overall championship in 2009 and racked up a 140-44 mark dating to the 2005 season.
LSU hosts to its annual Purple & Gold Scrimmage at 7 p.m. Saturday before opening the regular season by welcoming Alcorn State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Jacksonville State and Miami, Fla. to the Maravich Center for the Tiger Classic on Aug. 26-27.
2011 Preseason All-SEC Team
Player, School, Position, Height, Class, Hometown
Kayla Fitterer, Alabama, OH, 6-4, Jr., Edwardsville, Ill.
Jasmine Norton, Arkansas, OH, 5-10, Jr., Rowlett, Texas
Kristy Jaeckel, Florida, OH, 6-2, Sr., Littleton, Colo.
Kelly Murphy, Florida, S/RS, 6-2, Sr., Wilmington, Ill.
Becky Pavan, Kentucky, MB, 6-4, Sr., Kitchener, Ontario
Stephanie Klefot, Kentucky, DS/L, 5-6, Jr., Louisville, Ky.
Desiree Elliott, LSU, MB, 6-0, So., Cypress, Texas
Michele Williams, LSU, MB, 6-2, Sr., Magnolia, Texas
Regina Thomas, Ole Miss, MB, 6-0, R-Sr., Richardson, Texas
Kayla Jeter, Tennessee, OH, 5-11, Sr., Solon, Ohio
Swimming and diving
TIGERS ADD SIX TO SIGNING CLASS: The men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs added six swimmers to the 2011 signing class, co-head coach David Geyer announced.
Women’s swimmers Amber Carter (Houston) and Katlin Sepp (Tallinn, Estonia) and men’s swimmers Raymond DePadua (Orange Park, Fla.), Frank Greeff (Uitenhage, East Cape, South Africa), Tyler Jusselin (Shreveport) and Dillon Love (Charlotte, N.C.) will join the teams next fall.
Sepp could immediately impact the Lady Tigers’ backstroke corps. The Estonian national record-holder in the 100- and 200-meter backstroke in the short-course format, Sepp boasts top short-course times of 1 minute, 1.13 seconds and 2:11.73 in the 100 and 200 back, respectively, and long-course marks of 1:03.87 and 2:16.95.
LADY TIGER ELITE GOLF CLASSIC SPOTS AVAILABLE: Spots and hole sponsorships are still available for the inaugural Lady Tiger Elite Golf Classic to benefit LSU women’s basketball that will be held on Aug. 26 with a 9 a.m. shotgun start at Copper Mill Golf Club in Zachary.
The cost is $150 per golfer or $600 per foursome. Hole sponsorships are available beginning at $250. Applications for the tournament and sponsorships are available online at LSUsports.net. All proceeds go to the LSU women’s basketball program.
The deadline for applications is Aug. 19.