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CAA honors Towson women's volleyball coach, six players

Towson volleyball's Don Metil was named Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year and six Tigers players were honored. Outside hitter Saitaua Iosia and opposite hitter Victoria Williams, both seniors, earned All-CAA first-team honors. Senior libero and defensive specialist Paige Sekerak and junior middle blocker and outside hitter Haley Pa'akaula picked up third-team accolades. Freshman setter Barbara Lopez was selected to the rookie squad, and redshirt junior setter Aimee Schubert was named to the academic squad. Metil, in his second year as Tigers coach, helped the team improve from 10-24, 2-12 CAA in 2013 to 27-4, 13-3 CAA heading into this week's tournament.

More women's college volleyball: Despite 19 kills by senior outside hitter Ashleigh Crutcher, host Maryland (9-19, 2-15 Big Ten) fell, 25-21, 20-25, 14-25, 25-21, 7-15, to Minnesota (17-11, 7-10). Sophomore middle blocker Ashlyn MacGregor set a career high with 11 blocks.

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Obituaries: UMES alumni Willie Wyatt and Benedict Cayenne died earlier this month. Both were inducted into the UMES Hall of Fame in 1984. Wyatt, a quarterback for the Maryland State, now UMES, football team and pitcher on the baseball team, died in Tennessee at age 78 on Nov. 2. After injuries derailed his football career, Wyatt focused on baseball and was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies after his 1963 graduation. He played briefly in the minor leagues. Cayenne died of cancer in New York on Nov. 1 at age 70. A native of Trinidad & Tobago, he ran track and field in the 1960s and competed in the 1968 Olympics.

College football: Navy junior kicker Austin Grebe was named Eastern College Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week.

College gymnastics: Mary Elle Arduino of Albany, N.Y., Cortni Baker of Andover, Mass., and Erin Tucker of Staten Island, N.Y., signed letters of intent to compete for Towson.

Major League Soccer: D.C. United selected midfielder Thomas McNamara in the dispersal draft. McNamara started and appeared in six games and recorded a goal this season for Chivas USA as the No. 20 pick in the 2014 SuperDraft out of Clemson.

Major Arena Soccer League: Blast goalkeeper William Vanzela has been named to the Team of the Week.

NFL: Former Washington offensive lineman Joe Jacoby is one of 26 semifinalists for the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. This represents the fifth year and fourth in a row that Jacoby has reached the semifinal round.

Mike Jones, The Washington Post

Baseball: The Washington Nationals released catcher Jhonatan Solano, 29, Tuesday night. With Solano's departure, the Nationals likely will use Sandy Leon as the third-string backup to Wilson Ramos and Jose Lobaton. The Nationals' 40-man roster has 38 players.

James Wagner, The Washington Post

National Women's Soccer League: Washington Spirit midfielder Tori Huster was signed to a new contract for 2015. Huster, 25, started 22 games and played a team-leading 1,980 minutes, contributing a goal and an assist.

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