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Gaston, McNeely Earn All-State Honors

rachel gaston hits and taylor mcneely passes. VaSID logo in foreground

BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Bridgewater College volleyball seniors Rachel Gaston and Taylor McNeely have earned VaSID All-State honors in volleyball, highlighted by Gaston's repeat selection as Player of the Year. 

Gaston, the 2019 ODAC Player of the Year and AVCA Honorable Mention All-American, totaled 389 kills and 394 digs in her final season as an Eagle. She finished the year second in the conference in kills per set (3.93) and third in total kills (389). What sets Gaston apart is her ability as an all-around player. She ranked eighth in the ODAC in digs per set (3.98) and total digs (394), making her the only player in the conference in the top ten of all hitting and passing statistical categories. 

The senior broke 1,000 kills this season and totaled 1,146 kills during her four years, placing her fourth all-time in Bridgewater history. She also recorded the fourth most kills in a match in Bridgewater history with 25 against Catholic on August 31. The two-time player of the year collected 19 double-doubles to go with 24 service aces and 32 blocks.

Gaston concludes her career as one of the most decorated Bridgewater volleyball players, highlighted by becoming the program's first two-time All-American. She was the 2018 and 2019 ODAC Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as well as a two-time All-Region selection and the 2018 State Player of the Year. 

McNeely picks up her first All-State accolade with a spot on the second team. The senior libero earned a spot on the All-ODAC first team after consistently controlling the Eagles backline all season. She finished the year with 516 digs and 41 service aces. Her 5.11 digs per set were second in the conference, while her 516 digs ranked third in the conference and third most in a single season in Bridgewater history.

She finishes her career with 1,410 digs, the fourth most digs by a single player in Bridgewater history. She posted 20 digs or more on 12 occasions with a season-high of 28 in the ODAC quarterfinals against Washington & Lee. This is her second consecutive year being named All-ODAC after earning a spot on the second team last season. 

Bridgewater finished the year with a record of 23-7 and a trip to the ODAC quarterfinals.