Saint Leo, Fla. (November 20, 2007) – Saint Leo University volleyball player Kaitlin McKenna (Fr., Farmington Hills, Mich.) was named the 2007 AVCA South Region Freshman of the Year, it was announced on Tuesday. 2006 AVCA South Region Freshman of the Year Michelle Nogueras (So., Cayey, Puerto Rico) was a 2007 All-South Region selection, while McKenna was also Honorable Mention All-Region.
McKenna had a sensational freshman season in 2007, ranking second in the nation and in the Sunshine State Conference with a .452 hitting percentage that also eclipsed the Saint Leo single-season record for attack percentage. McKenna had the second-most kills on the team with 383 (2.74 kills/game), and added 134 blocks (0.96 blocks/.game), which was also second on the team.
In total, McKenna had 25 matches with double-digit kill performances, including the final seven matches of the season. She was recently recognized as the 2007 Sunshine State Conference Freshman of the Year.
Nogueras, a First Team All-Sunshine State Conference selection in 2007, was once again one of the Lions top all-around performers during her sophomore season. She set new program records with 1,576 assists and 11.34 assists per game. In addition, Nogueras registered six triple-doubles in the 2007 regular season, bringing her career total to seven. Nogueras led the team with 392 digs (2.82 digs/game) and was also the team leader with 60 service aces, while ranking fourth on the team in kills (238), and blocks (74).
Nogueras was named to two All-Tournament Teams during 2007, and was the Most Valuable Player of the Eckerd College Classic at the beginning of the season.
The Saint Leo University volleyball team (24-14, 6-10 SSC) reached the NCAA Division II National tournament for the second consecutive season in 2007, and established a new program record for single-season wins (24).