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Gaston, Wilson Earn VaSID All-State Honors

rachel gaston hi-fiving a teammate with vasid logo and state player of the year

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Junior outside hitter Rachel Gaston was named the VaSID State Player of the Year on Friday while teammate Victoria Wilson earned All-State Second Team accolades.

Eight different programs from across the Commonwealth were represented in the annual awards presented to the best women's volleyball players in the state at the Division II, III or NAIA level.

Gaston has already collected numerous accolades following her breakout junior campaign. She was named the ODAC Player of the Year while also being named a first team All-South region pick and Honorable Mention AVCA All-American. She was named the ODAC/Va. Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and received Google Cloud Academic All-District honors.

The junior averaged 4.16 kills and 4.07 digs per set with a .245 hitting percentage in 2018. She finished second in the ODAC in total kills with 416 and seventh in digs with 407, making herself a dominant force in the front and back row. She set new career highs in almost every statistical category and ranked as high as eleventh nationally in kills per set.

She was named the ODAC Player of the Week three times and was selected to the Route 42 Classic All-Tournament Team.

Wilson closes out her career as an Eagle with All-State Second Team honors. The senior setter lead the ODAC in assists with 1032 and assists per set with 10.53. She was named to the All-ODAC First Team while receiving All-South honors and an Honorable Mention AVCA All-American nod.

She added 222 digs, 114 kills and 24 aces while surpassing the 2,000 career assists mark in her senior season, setting a career high of 52 assists against Randolph Macon on October 17.

Bridgewater finished with a 24-7 record for the one of the best seasons in program history.

Virginia Sports Information Directors 2018 College Division All-State Women's Volleyball Teams: 

Player of the Year                                          
Rachel Gaston, Bridgewater College                 

Rookie of the Year                                         
Linsey Bailey, Roanoke College

Coach of the Year                                           
Beth Ann Wilson, Marymount University                   

All-State First Team                                       
At-Large                                              
Linsey Bailey, Roanoke College
Rachel Gaston, Bridgewater College
Caroline Hanson, Marymount University
Katie Piper, Christopher Newport University
Savannah Powers, University of Mary Washington
Maggie Viniard, Marymount University
Libero/Defensive Specialist                                      
Elly Cosgrove, Washington and Lee University

All-State Second Team                                 
At-Large                                              
Riley Garrison, Christopher Newport University
Meg Guignon, Washington and Lee University
Miranda Hall, Randolph-Macon College
Amber Matalus, Virginia Wesleyan University
Megan O'Hara, Christopher Newport University
Allison Webb, Washington and Lee University
Victoria Wilson, Bridgewater College
Libero/Defensive Specialist                                      
Josie Lucernoni, Christopher Newport University