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Three Southeast CC Volleyball Players Earn Awards

Three Southeast Community College volleyball players received honors following the 2009 season.

Carly Morehead and Monica Shaw were named to the Region IX All-Tournament Team, Morehead and CeCe Catlett were named to the All-Region IX Team, and all three players were named to the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference all-league team.

Southeast ended its season with a 13-23 overall record. The Region IX Tournament was held Oct. 30-31 in North Platte. The Storm took eventual tourney champion North Platte four games before losing on Oct. 30, and then went five games Oct. 31 with Central Community College before losing.

“Carly had a great year,” Storm head coach Carrie Foster-Puhalla said. “She was the key to our offense, and she will be greatly missed next year.”

Morehead, a 6-foot sophomore from Fairbury, led the team in kills with 379 from her middle hitter position, which ranked her 28th in the nation. She also led the team in service aces with 55 and was second on the team in blocks with 57, which ranked 12th nationally.

“It is very hard to replace an athlete of her caliber,” Foster-Puhalla said. “You just can’t say enough great things about Carly. She worked hard to become a bigger threat all the way around the court. Her natural athletic ability, coupled with her desire to win, has helped her reach and sustain her high level of performance. Carly’s pure determination has helped her to have many double-doubles this season.”

Catlett, a 5-7 sophomore setter from Bruning-Davenport, served as one of the Storm’s captains this year.

“She ran the offense on the court and helped encourage the girls when they were having problems,” Foster-Puhalla said. “CeCe is another player who will be hard to replace.”

Catlett led the team with 1,067 assists, which ranked her 23rd nationally. She also had the most successful serves of anyone on the team, 414, including 44 aces. She was second on the team in digs with 276 and committed only 15 errors in 189 kill attempts.

“She worked hard every day and never complained,” Foster-Puhalla said. “I wish I had more athletes like CeCe, who would give their all every day. I am very proud of her.”

Shaw, a 5-8 freshman Libero from Lincoln East, led the team in digs with 549, ranking her 30th nationally. She also had the best serving percentage at .927.

“Monica is a great asset to have on the court,” Foster-Puhalla said. “She goes after everything and is all over the court. She can read extremely well and knows her job well. Monica led Region IX in digs all year, and I’m expecting more from her next year.

“I was pleased with Monica’s play all season long and can’t wait for next year. She will be one of the main players I have who will be coming back next year.”

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