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June 12, 2013

Volleyball Athlete of the Year

By: Jimmy Robertson

Cara Baarendse | Senior | Mason, Ohio

For the third straight year, Inside Hokie Sports has named Cara Baarendse as its volleyball athlete of the year. Her consistently good play continues to warrant her as a selection.

Baarendse was the only Tech player to earn All-ACC honors this past season – the third time she has done so. She recorded 244 kills, averaging 2.17 kills per set, while tallying a .350 attack percentage. She ranked seventh in the ACC and 64th nationally in the latter category.

She also posted 25 aces, 169 digs and 79 blocks this past season. On the defensive side, Baarendse was third on the team in digs with 1.51 per set and her 79 blocks ranked second on the team.

Baarendse, who also earned AVCA All-East Region accolades for the third straight season, finished her Tech career as the all-time hitting percentage leader with a four-year tally of .342. In addition, Baarendse eclipsed the 1,000-kill milestone and finished with 1,236 for her career – a total that ranks ninth in Tech’s record books. In 10 games this season, she recorded at least 10 kills.

Off the court, Baarendse was a four-time member of the ACC’s All-Academic volleyball team. She graduated with a degree in human development.