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Three Lady Monarchs Named to Va.SID All-State Women's Basketball First Team

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: March 30, 2000
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NORFOLK, VA (Mar. 30) - Old Dominion junior forward Lucienne Berthieu (Rennes, France) and University of Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan captured Va.SID Univeristy Division All State Player and Coach of the Year honors as selected by Virginia Sports Information Directors.

Berthieu led the CAA in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage on her way to being named a Kodak District 3 All-American and CAA Player of the Year, while Ryan guided the Cavaliers to a 24-9 record, ACC regular-season title and a Sweet 16 berth.

Joining Berthieu on the first team are Lady Monarch teammates Hamchetou Maiga (Bamako, Mali) and Natalie Diaz (Needles, CA), along with George Mason guard Jen Surlas (Mt. Pleasant, PA) and Virginia Tech forward Tere Williams (Chapel Hill, NC). Maiga, Diaz and Surlas were All-CAA first team performers, while Williams was an All-Atlantic 10 first teamer and a finalist for A-10 Player of the Year.

Meanwhile, the Va.SID All-State second team consists of two players from the University of Virginia, two from Liberty and one from Virginia Commonwealth. Cavalier teammates Schuye LaRue (Washington, DC) and Svetlana Volnaya (Minsk, Belarus) are joined by Liberty teammates Sharon Wilkerson (Princeton, WV) and Elena Kisseleva (Moscow, Russia), along with VCU guard Rochelle Luckett (Capitol Heights, MD).


Va. SID All-State First Team
Player                   Yr.  Pos. Ht.   Hometown/University
Natalie Diaz             Sr.  G    5-11  Needles, CA/Old Dominion
Jen Surlas               Sr.  G    5-9   Mt. Pleasant, PA/George Mason
Lucienne Berthieu        Jr.  C    6-2   Rennes, France/Old Dominion
Hamchetou Maiga          Jr.  F    6-1   Bamako, Mali/Old Dominion
Tere Williams            Jr.  F    5-11  Chapel Hill, NC/Virginia Tech


Va. SID All-State Second Team
Player                   Yr.  Pos. Ht.   Hometown/University
Rochelle Luckett         So.  G    5-7   Capitol Heights, MD/VCU
Sharon Wilkerson         Sr.  G    5-6   Princeton, WV/Liberty
Schuye LaRue        Fr.  C    6-3  Washington, DC/Virginia
Elena Kisseleva          Sr.  F    6-1   Moscow, Russia/Liberty
Svetlana Volnaya         Jr.  F    6-1   Minsk, Belarus/Virginia

Va. SID Player of the Year: Lucienne Berthieu, Old Dominion
Va. SID Coach of the Year: Debbie Ryan, Virginia

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