Castro, Kinnan, Self & Wolfe Earn Atlantic 10 Postseason Awards

Castro, Kinnan, Self & Wolfe Earn Atlantic 10 Postseason Awards

KINGSTON, R.I. – Seniors Audrey Castro, Layne Self and Callan Kinnan all have been named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference team, announced Thursday by the league office. Castro and Self were named to the A-10 First Team while Kinnan earned Second Team accolades. Kinnan also was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team, along with junior Kylee Wolfe.

The selection of both Castro and Self to the A-10 First Team marks the first time since 1995 that Rhode Island has multiple first-team honorees, and just the third time in program history (2016, 1995, 1984).

Castro finished the regular season with the A-10's third best kills average (3.96) in conference matches and was fourth in service aces per set (0.40). She has registered double-digit kills in all but four matches this season and has double-doubled six times. The Long Beach, Calif. native earned A-10 Player of the Week honors on Oct. 31 and has collected five all-tournament awards over last two seasons. Last season, she was named to the A-10 Second Team as well as the conference's All-Championship Team.

Self is the only player in the Atlantic 10 ranked fourth or better in both hitting percentage (4th, .341) and blocks per set (4th, 1.28). A seven-time A-10 Defensive Player of the Week, she ranks third all-time at Rhode Island in total blocks (482) and is the only player in the rally-point era to even register more than 300. She also ranks 17th in URI history with 953 career kills. The Hawthorn Woods, Ill. native was a 2015 A-10 Second Team selection, as well as an All-Conference Honorable Mention and All-Rookie Team pick in 2013.

Kinnan ended the regular season ranked second in the A-10 in assists per set (10.45) and ninth in service aces per set (0.30). A nine-time all-tournament team selection and six-time Atlantic 10 Player of the Week, she is Rhode Island's rally-scoring leader in both assists (4,386) and service aces (129). The Los Angeles product also ranks 11th all-time in career digs (978) and 14th in block assists (207). Like Self, she was a 2015 A-10 Second Team selection, as well as an All-Conference Honorable Mention and All-Rookie Team pick her freshman year.

With 70 wins over the last four seasons, Castro, Self and Kinnan make up URI's winningest senior class in nearly two decades.

Rhode Island (2) and Dayton (2) were the only programs to place multiple players on the Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team as Kinnan and Wolfe both earned the honor for the first time in their respective careers. Kinnan maintains a 3.40 cumulative GPA as a Biology major with a Business minor. Wolfe - who ranks third on team in total kills (195) and has registered four double-doubles this season - boasts a 3.74 cume GPA as an Elementary Education/Human Development & Family Studies double major. 

Major Award Winners
Player of the Year: Danielle Rygelski (Saint Louis)
Libero of the Year: Margo Wolf (Dayton)
Setter of the Year: Jane Emmenecker (Dayton)
Rookie of the Year: Olivia Fairchild (Fordham)
Coach of the Year: Tim Horsmon (Dayton)

First-Team All-Conference
Jane Emmenecker (Dayton)
Jessica Sloan (Dayton)
Alaina Amber Erhahon (Dayton)
Kendall Brown (Dayton)
Audrey Castro (Rhode Island)
Layne Self (Rhode Island)
Danielle Rygelski (Saint Louis)

Second-Team All-Conference
Emily Franklin (Davidson)
Margo Wolfe (Dayton)
Molly Davet (Duquesne)
Olivia Fairchild (Fordham)
Chidima Osuchukwu (George Washington) 
Callan Kinnan (Rhode Island)
Julia Adler (VCU)

All-Rookie Team
Jamie Peterson (Dayton)
Dani Suiter (Duquesne)
Olivia Fairchild (Fordham)
Devin Corah (La Salle)
Katherine Wood (La Salle)
Jasmin Sneed (VCU)
Vicky Giommarini (VCU)

Academic All-Conference Team
Maggie Schutter (Dayton)
Margo Wolf (Dayton)
Sammy Kline (Duquesne)
Maddie Brown (George Washington)
Callan Kinnan (Rhode Island)
Kylee Wolfe (Rhode Island)
Danielle Rygelski (Saint Louis)