Gum and O'Rourke Garner All-America Honors

Gum and O'Rourke Garner All-America Honors

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Jessica Gum and Katie O'Rourke of Berry College have been named American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Americans. Both were named to the honorable mention team.

For O'Rourke, it is her second straight AVCA All-America honor. A middle blocker from Kennesaw, Georgia, she hit .367 in her senior season. Averaging 2.85 kills per set--as well as 1.16 blocks per set--O'Rourke finished her Berry career with 1,100 kills and 64 blocks in her 125 matches.

Gum--a middle blocker from Woodstock, Georgia--hit .328 and is a junior. She averaged 2.41 kills per set and 1.50 blocks per set (second in the nation) for the Vikings. Gum finished the season with 265 kills and 165 blocks (25 solo) for BC.

"Katie and Jessica both had a tremendous year both offensively and defensively," said Berry College Head Coach Mika Robinson. "They were an intimidating duo in the middle for us, and this recognition is so very well-deserved. They were a huge part of our success this year, and their recognition also reflects favorably on the work of our passers and setters who helped put them in a position to be so successful."

The Vikings ended the year 25-8 overall. They concluded their season by advancing to the second round of the NCAA Regionals this past weekend.