Cardinals place three on All-Conference Teams
WASHINGTON – CUA placed three student-athletes on the All-Landmark Conference Teams, announced on Monday. Claudia Jean and Kelly Crimmins received first team distinction, while Kristina Purcell earned a spot on the second team. The three selections are the most CUA has had since joining the Landmark.
Jean once again had a strong year for the Cardinals, totaling 303 kills, 378 digs and 23 assists. She led the conference in kills and points and ranked ninth in hitting percentage.
The Landmark Conference Player of the Week on September 19, Jean recorded double digit kills and digs in nine matches, including a season-high 18 kills vs. Messiah. Her season high in digs was 25, which she recorded against Stevenson. For her career Jean has registered 983 kills and 1,150 digs. This marks the second straight first team selection for Jean.
Purcell earns her third straight all-conference nod after registering 536 digs, 33 assists and 25 aces. Purcell led the conference in digs in 2011, averaging 6.46 per game, marking the second straight year she has accomplished this feat.
A junior, Purcell finished with double digit digs in every match she played, but one, topping out with 43 in a win at Lancaster Bible. Purcell notched at least 20 digs 10 times and will enter her senior year with 1,550 digs.
Crimmins earns her first all-conference accolade after a year in which she totaled 185 kills, 95 blocks and 18 digs. Crimmins led the conference with a .321 hitting percentage and she ranked third in blocks, averaging 0.97 per game.
A native of Falls Church, Virginia, Crimmins posted a season-high 15 kills in CUA's match at Lancaster Bible, and her season high in blocks was six, which she did twice (Baptist Bible, Neumann University).
Crimmins will enter her senior season with 365 kills and 217 blocks. She led the conference in blocks a season ago with 97 total, which included 66 solo.
CUA fell to Susquehanna over the weekend in the semifinals of the conference tournament. Despite the setback, the Cardinals recorded their third straight 20-win season in 2011 and advanced to their third consecutive conference semifinal. CUA also began the year 17-2, marking the best start to a season since 2001.