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All-Louisiana: Kirk on first team, Reuther on second team

Moira Kirk and Taylor Reuther

Moira Kirk, left, and Taylor Reuther
     December 21, 2013

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana's Moira Kirk was a first-team selection on the All-Louisiana women's volleyball team announced late Saturday, and teammmate Taylor Reuther made the second team.
     It's the first time that Kirk — a 5-foot-9 junior middle blocker from Dallas and a graduate of Bishop Lynch High School — was named All-Louisiana. Reuther, a 5-foot-7 junior outside hitter from Metairie, La., and a graduate of St. Mary's Dominican High School, is All-Louisiana for the third tiime. She made the second team in 2011 and the first team a year ago.
     Kirk produced 311 kills to rank second on her team and led the Gold Nuggets in hitting percentage (.347) and blocks (87) for the third consecutive year. Kirk hit .436 during the Nuggets' school-record 20-match win streak.
     Reuther led Xavier in kills (395), aces (39), digs (403) and double-doubles (18) for the third consecutive season. She became the first
to reach 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in an XU career.
     It's the first time that Xavier produced two All-Louisiana volleyball players in the same season.
     Kirk finished third in voting for Player of the Year. XU's Hannah Lawing was the runner-up to Tulane's Sinisa Momic for Coach of the Year. Lawing, in her first season as head coach, led Xavier to a 26-8 record, Gulf Coast Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament championships and a berth in the NAIA National Championship. The Gold Nuggets set a school record for season victories and extended their winning streak against GCAC opponents to 43.
     The GCAC championships and the appearances at the national tournament were Xavier's third in a row. The Gold Nuggets set school records for road victories (17), victories on opponents' courts (9), kills per set (12.6), hitting percentage (.249) and digs per set (15.4). They recorded four victories against NAIA tournament qualifiers and became the first XU team to win all home matches (9-0).
     A Louisiana Sports Writers Association panel of sports publicists selected the All-Louisiana team, which consists of players from NCAA Division I and NAIA members.

2013 All-Louisiana Women's Volleyball Team
Briana Holman, freshman, LSU
Tea Juric, freshman, Tulane
Moira Kirk, junior, Xavier
Cati Leak, sophomore, LSU
Mel Mandelbaum, senior, Tulane
Cori Martone, senior, Tulane
Libero:  Keelie Arenson, junior, Northwestern State

Stacey Defrancesco, junior, Northwestern State
Ashley Elrod, freshman, Northwestern State
Andrea Hole, junior, Louisiana-Lafayette
Malorie Pardo, junior, LSU
Taylor Reuther, junior, Xavier
Malina Sanchez, sophomore, McNeese State
Libero:  Marcela Araya, junior, Louisiana-Monroe

     PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  Briana Holman, LSU
     Voting:  Holman 7, Martone 3, Kirk 2
LIBERO OF THE YEAR:  Keelie Arenson, Northwestern State
     Voting:  Arenson 6, Araya 4, Grace Weaver (Tulane) 1, Haley Smith (LSU) 1
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR  Celeste Ramirez, New Orleans
     Voting:  Ramirez was only nominee
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:  (tie) Briana Holman, LSU; Tea Juric, Tulane
     Voting:  Holman 6, Juric 6
COACH OF THE YEAR:  Sinisa Momic, Tulane
     Voting:  Momic 8, Hannah Lawing (Xavier) 2, Hugh and Stephanie Hernesman (Northwestern State) 1, Heather Mazeitis-Fontenot (Louisiana-Lafayette) 1

Eva Allen, sophomore, Loyola
Kayla Burling, freshman, Nicholls State
Maria Coelho, junior, Louisiana Tech
Desiree Elliott, senior, LSU
Chantelle Gardner, freshman, Louisiana-Lafayette
Kayla Mashburn, freshman, Nicholls State
Caiti O'Connell, junior, Northwestern State
Tonice White, senior, Louisiana-Lafayette


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The Xavier Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets compete in Division I of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) as a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Xavier fields men's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis and track and field and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

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