Nov. 19, 2010
Newark, Del. -
Freshman Lana Zonjic was selected as the Colonial Athletic Association Co-Rookie of the Year while junior Noelle Fanella and senior Holly Goode earned All-CAA honors, the conference announced Friday night on the eve of its championship tournament. Zonjic is the first Patriot to be selected the top newcomer since 2001 when Jesica Umansky shared the honor. The Zagreb, Croatia native is the seventh Mason player overall to win the award.
Fanella was chosen to the All-CAA Second Team, while Goode was selected to the third team. It marks the fifth consecutive season that the Patriots have locked up a spot on the All-CAA teams.
The rookie outside hitter was a mainstay in Mason's starting lineup this season, providing a full-court presence for the Patriots. Zonjic completed her freshman campaign ranked third on the team in kills per set (2.19) and points per set (2.63) while adding 2.21 digs per set defensively. Zonjic, who also became the fifth Mason player selected to the CAA's All-Rookie Team, appeared in all 97 of the Patriots' sets played this season.
Fanella, a CAA All-Rookie Team selection two years ago, led the Patriots with 314 points and 256 kills (2.64 kps). She was also the top server, tallying 39 aces on the year, the second-most among CAA players.
Goode, who was the conference player of the year last season, was the Patriots' second-leading offensive threat as the opposite hitter tallied 302.5 points on 254 kills (2.62 kps) along with 263 digs (2.71 dps) and 77 blocks, both second-highest on the team as well.
Zonjic shared the top rookie award with Janelle Tucker of Northeastern, while NU's Britney Brown was named Player of the Year. Delaware's Jess Chason and Greta Gibboney won the Setter and Defensive Specialist of the Year honors, respectively. UD's Bonnie Kenny and JMU's Lauren Steinbrecher shared the Coach of the Year award.