ATLANTA – Georgia State beach volleyball's Delaney Rohan and Chelsea Ross were named Second Team All-Americans, VolleyballMag.com announced this week.

“Chelsea and Delaney started training together in January and immediately found a rhythm in the sand,” head coach Beth Van Fleet said. Delaney's calm on-court demeanor combined with her consistency and court vision provided a steady foundation for Chelsea to adapt to the beach game. Chelsea's presence, power and speed enabled the pair to make some incredible plays in each match. As teammates, they showed up to practice with pride and purpose - and pushed our program to improve daily. We are thrilled and honored that their efforts are being recognized by Volleyballmag.com. However, I think that they would be the first to say that their teammates played a large role in the growth that led to this award.”

Rohan and Ross were recognized as one of 10 total pairs that earned an All-American award. The Panther duo finished fourth at the USAV Beach Championships after going 24-10 in the No. 1 flight this season.

The senior and graduate transfer earned quality wins against Stetson, FSU, FAU, South Carolina and LSU.

The National Champion USC Trojans' Sara Hughes-Kelly Claes were named VolleyballMag.com's Pair of the Year and LSU's Russel Brock was named Coach of the Year by the magazine.

2017 VolleyballMag.com Collegiate Beach All-American Awards
Pair of the Year: Sara Hughes-Kelly Claes (USC)
Coach of the Year: Russell Brock (LSU)

First Team
Kelly Claes (6-2, Sr.) and Sara Hughes (5-10, Sr.) USC
Delaney Knudsen (5-10, Sr.) and Maddy Roh (5-11, Soph.) Pepperdine
Morgan Martin (6-1, Fr.) and Mikayla Tucker (5-8, Sr.) Hawaii
Nicole McNamara (5-9, Soph.) and Megan McNamara (5-9, Soph.) UCLA
Sarah Sponcil (5-10, Jr.) and Savannah Slattery (5-11, Fr.) Loyola Marymount

Second Team
Nele Barber (6-0, Jr.) and Rachel Nieto (5-10, Jr.) Long Beach State
Brooke Kuhlman (5-10, Soph.) and Leigh Andrew (6-0, Graduate student) Florida State
Delaney Rohan (5-10, Sr.) and Chelsea Ross (5-10, Graduate student) Georgia State
Brittany Howard (6-3, Graduate student) and Corinne Quiggle (5-10, Jr.) Pepperdine
Claire Coppola (6-1, Fr.) and and Kristen Nuss (5-6, Fr.), LSU

Honorable Mention
Sophie Bukovec (6-1, Sr.) and Allie Wheeler (5-11, Sr.) USC
Molly Turner (5-8, Jr.) and Tjasa Kotnik (6-3, Sr.) Grand Canyon
Emily Maglio (6-3, Soph.) and Laurel Weaver (5-11, Jr.) Hawaii
McKenna Witt (5-11, Sr.) and Madison Witt (6-0, Sr.) Arizona
Nikki Taylor (6-4, Sr.) and Ka'iwi Schucht (5-9, Jr.) Hawaii

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