UAA Announces 30th Anniversary Volleyball Team

UAA Announces 30th Anniversary Volleyball Team

(ROCHESTER, N.Y.) – The University Athletic Association (UAA) announced its 30th Anniversary Volleyball Team on Wednesday, October 25. Fifty-seven student-athletes earned the honor with four representing Carnegie Mellon University.

The team consists of each student-athlete who was named Most Valuable Player or accumulated five or more points in her career, with two points awarded for All-Association first-team recognition, and one point for second-team honors.

Earning the award for the Tartans is Ali Celentano (2011-2014), Jackie Gibbons (2013-2016), Lauren Schmidt (1999-2002), and Stephanie Szobota (1996-1999).

Schmidt is the only four-time All-UAA first-team honoree in program history and joins Szobota as the only UAA MVPs for the Tartans. Schmidt was the UAA MVP in 2001 and was also a two-time All-American, earning the award in 2001 and 2002.

Szobota earned MVP honors in 1999 after the Tartans finished second in the Association for the first time in program history. That year, the Tartans won their first ECAC Championship. Szobota is third all-time in kills with 1,508 and third all-time in block solos with 177.

Schmidt led the Tartans to the program's first-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament and to a second-place UAA finish in 2001. She is the all-time career leader in kills with 2,201 with a program best 4.48 kills per game. Schmidt also tallied more than 2,000 career digs and is third all-time with 2,215. In the season history book, Schmidt holds the first, third, and fifth spots in kills, with her best season topping out at 651 in 2002.

Both Celentano and Gibbons earned two first-team awards and one second-team award during their careers with Gibbons pulling in two All-America recognitions. Celentano maxed out at 1,369 career kills which is fifth best in program history while Gibbons tallied 1,125 kills and is eighth in the career rankings. Gibbons finished her career with a hitting percentage of .309 which is third best while she registered 352 career blocks for fifth best all-time.

Along with Schmidt, Celentano and Gibbons led their teams to the NCAA tournament, playing together in 2013 with Gibbons appearing in the national tournament for the second time in 2016.