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Dec. 10, 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina senior outside hitter Juliette Thévenin has been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Southeast Region Team, the AVCA announced Tuesday.

Thévenin, who was one of 14 student-athletes to make the team, becomes the first Gamecock selected to the squad since Shonda Cole earned a spot on the All-South Region team in 2006. She is now eligible for selection to the AVCA All-America Team, which will be announced on Dec. 18.

“We are so excited that Jules earned All-Region honors and are proud of her accomplishments during her four years as a Gamecock,” South Carolina head coach Scott Swanson said. “Juliette will now get to make an impact on the new sand volleyball program for the next two seasons, which should be very exciting.”

A native of Mont-sur-Marchinne, Belgium, Thévenin wrapped up her Gamecock career in strong fashion, finishing her senior year ranked first in the SEC and 11th nationally in kills per set (4.57) and first in the conference in points per set (4.91). She closed out the year with the second most kills (466) and second best kills per set average (4.57) in school history in the rally-scoring era.

Thévenin will leave South Carolina as one of the most decorated players in school history, finishing her career ranked in the top 10 in six career categories. She ranks third all-time at South Carolina in kills (1,590), second in kills per set (4.07), second in attacks (4,076), ninth in digs (1,012), fourth in points (1,744.5) and third in points per set (4.46). She became just the second Gamecock of record to have more than 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career.

Missouri claimed both Southeast Region individual awards, as outside hitter Carly Kan was named Freshman of the Year and head coach Wayne Kreklow was named Coach of the Year.

2013 AVCA ALL-SOUTHEAST REGION TEAMName            School      Pos.    YearWhitney Billings    Kentucky    RS  Sr.Taylor Brauneis     Florida     S   Sr.Lisa Henning        Missouri    RS  Sr.Alex Holston        Florida     RS  Fr.Carly Kan       Missouri    OH  Fr.Molly Kreklow       Missouri    S   Sr.Whitney  Little     Missouri    MB  Jr.Chloe Mann      Florida     MB  Sr.Alexandra Morgan    Kentucky    MB  Sr.Ellen Mullins       Tennessee   L   Sr.Ziva Recek      Florida     OH  So.DeLaina Sarden      UCF     MB  Jr.Juliette Thévenin  South Carolina  OH  Sr.Taylor Unroe        Florida     L   Jr.
Freshman of the Year: Carly Kan, Missouri, OHCoach of the Year: Wayne Kreklow, Missouri
Honorable MentionName School Pos. YearAvery Acker SMU S So.Simone Antwi Florida MB So.Erin Fairs South Florida OH So.Ashley Potts WKU L Sr.Paige Wessel WKU RS Sr.Rachel Wiechecki Radford OH Jr.