RICHMOND, Va. – Senior Tori Baldwin (Liberty, N.C.) and junior Jasmin Sneed (San Antonio, Texas) were named First Team All-Atlantic 10 Thursday to lead a quintet of Rams who received All-Conference honors on the eve of the league's championship tournament.
For Baldwin, it's her second straight All-Atlantic 10 First Team honor. The 6-3 middle blocker, who broke VCU's career blocks record earlier this season, is averaging 1.81 kills and 1.12 blocks, third in the league, while hitting .330.
Sneed, meanwhile, picks up her second career All-Atlantic 10 honor. She was named All-Rookie in 2016. A 6-1 middle, Sneed leads the A-10 and ranks second in the country in blocks per set (1.68) is second in the league in hitting percentage .388. Sneed is threatening school records in both categories and is approaching 500 career blocks in just three seasons.
Tuzzolo, a 6-2 opposite, has been named All-Atlantic 10 Second Team, as well as All-Academic for a second straight year. The Newport News, Va. native is averaging 2.38 kills per set, second-most on the team, as well as 0.93 blocks, while hitting .234. Tuzzolo has also served up 22 aces. In the classroom, Tuzzolo, an Exercise Science major, carries a 3.81 grade-point-average and has received multiple Dean's List citations.
The 2017 A-10 Tournament MVP, Giommarini was named All-Conference Second Team for the second consecutive season. A 6-foot outside hitter, Giommarini leads the team in kills per set (2.81) and leads the league in aces per set (0.42). Giommarini is also averaging 2.52 digs and 0.56 blocks per frame.
Draper had big shoes to fill this season following the departure of 2017 Atlantic 10 Libero of the Year Rebekah Strange, but the Phoenix, Ariz. native has steadied the Rams with her back row play. The 5-6 libero won the starting job early in the season and has produced a team-best 2.70 digs per set, including 3.80 in conference matches.
VCU (18-8, 13-1 A-10), has captured the A-10 regular season title for the second straight year and we be the No. 1 seed and host of the league's championship tournament Nov. 16-18 at the E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. VCU has received a bye to the semifinal round, where it will meet either George Mason or Saint Louis on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.