Aricquel Payne has been named the 2011 Virginia State Sports Information Directors College Division III Rookie of the Year, and earned a spot on the all-state second team.
Payne, a freshman outside hitter who also earned a position on the All-ODAC First Team, played in 29 matches this season and blasted 267 kills. She averaged 2.59 kills per set, with a hitting percentage of .220.
The Woodbridge, Va., native registered double-digit kills in nine different matches over the season, which included a 21-kill performance against the University of Mary Washington. Payne also tallied double-digit digs in 11 different matches.
Lynchburg finished with a 21-10 record and a 7-3 mark in the ODAC.