Jean and Abdelrazek earn major awards, four named All-Conference
WASHINGTON – The Landmark Conference announced its All-Landmark Conference Teams on Wednesday, and CUA had four student-athletes honored, including First Team selections Claudia Jean, Kelly Crimmins and Mariana Cruz, as well as Second Team selection Kristina Purcell. Jean was also named the Player of the Year, while Head Coach Nagy Abdelrazek and his staff received Coaching Staff of the Year honors.
Jean becomes CUA's first Player of the Year in the Landmark Conference after a terrific season in which she totaled 351 kills and 578 digs. The native of Puerto Rico recorded 17 double-doubles on the year, and topped out with highs of 24 kills and 38 digs, which she accomplished twice.
Jean ranked fourth in the conference in digs and fifth in kills and recorded her 1,200th career kill in 2012. Jean finishes her brilliant CUA career with totals of 1,334 kills and 1,728 digs.
Crimmins earns her second consecutive First Team selection after finishing the season with 230 kills, a team-leading 96 blocks and 23 digs. Crimmins led the Landmark Conference in hitting percentage at .335 and she finished the season ranked fifth in the conference in blocks.
A native of Virginia, Crimmins posted four matches with double-digit kills, including in the Landmark Conference championship against Juniata, when she totaled 11. Crimmins notched multiple blocks in 24 matches, with a high of eight coming vs. Ohio Christian. For her career, Crimmins totaled 595 kills and 313 blocks, including three straight seasons with at least 90.
Rounding out CUA's First Team selections is Cruz, who had a terrific first year for the Cards. The Maryland native totaled 878 assists, which was good for second in the conference, in addition to 257 digs and 33 kills.
Cruz handed out double-digit assists 32 times, with a high of 51 coming vs. Moravian in the conference tournament semifinals. Cruz also finished with 10 or more digs in eight matches, topping out with 26 vs. Juniata in the regular season.
Purcell closes out her career with her fourth straight All-Conference selection. Purcell finished the season with 648 digs, good for third in the Landmark Conference. She finished 33 matches with 10 or more digs, including a high of 33, which she did twice.
Purcell wraps up her impressive career with totals of 2,198 digs in 127 matches.
Abdelrazek earns his second Landmark Conference Coaching Staff of the Year award, and his sixth Coach of the Year award overall, adding to the four he won in the CAC. With Abdelrazek, Michaela Carroll and Tashi Sakota leading the way, CUA registered its fourth consecutive 20-win season and advanced to at least the semifinals of the conference tournament for the fourth straight time.
CUA went 27-10 this season, winning its most matches since 2002. The Cardinals earned the No. 2 seed in the Landmark Conference Tournament and advanced to their first Landmark championship in school history.