2012 AVCA Division II All-Region Teams


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2012 AVCA Division II All-Region Teams

Atlantic Region

Name School Position Year
Jill Edwards** Shippensburg OH JR
Bailey Farthing Lock Haven MB JR
Corrine Gahagen Seton Hill MB SO
Alexa Garrity Lock Haven S JR
Hannah Heeter Clarion OPP JR
Hannah McShea Slippery Rock OH SR
Jenna Pew*** Wheeling Jesuit MB JR
Makenzie Ripley Wheeling Jesuit OH SO
Lauren Sazama*** Gannon OH SR
Laura Subject Clarion S SO
Erin Walsh Lock Haven L SR
Alissa Ware** Wheeling Jesuit OH SR
Rebecca Webb Clarion MB SR
Gao Xuan**** Lock Haven OH SR

Region Freshman of the Year: Taylor Gottshall, Shippensburg, MB

Honorable Mention: Sarah Cadwallader (Slippery Rock, OPP), Taylor Gottshall (Shippensburg, MB), Shelby Kyllo (Seton Hill, MB), Ifeyinwa Nwokolo (Fayetteville St., MB), Madison Strall (Wheeling Jesuit, S/H), Megan Wendel (Gannon, S)


Central Region

Name School Position Year
Brooke Burmeister*** Southwest Minnesota State OH Sr.
Ellie Duffy Concordia St. Paul OH Sr.
Jessica Fey*** Washburn MB Sr.
Mary Groth*** Southwest Minnesota State MB Sr.
Emilee Gutzmer Southwest Minnesota State S Fr.
Cassie Haag** Concordia St. Paul MB Sr.
Holly Hafemeyer Augustana MB Jr.
Ashley Hinsch Minnesota-Duluth S Fr.
Cori Hobbs Wayne State (NE) OH Jr.
Kayla Koenecke Concordia St. Paul RS Jr.
Amanda Konetchy*** Concordia St. Paul S Jr.
Kate Lange** Minnesota-Duluth OH Jr.
Liz McGowan Nebraska-Kearney Libero So.
Jenna Rouzee Nebraska-Kearney S Sr.

Region Freshman of the Year: Emilee Gutzmer, SW Minnesota State. S

Honorable Mention: Ariel Krolikowski (Nebraska-Kearney, OH), Mollie Arnold (Harding, OH), Julie Rainey (Minnesota-Duluth, L), Bradye Peniston (Central Missouri, MB), Megan Sharpe (Truman, MB), Jessica Kopp (Washburn, RS), Katy Ness (Minnesota State-Moorhead, L)


East Region

Name School Position Year
Shelby Cable** NYIT OH JR.
Keidy Candelaria** New Haven OH SR.
Amber Cannady** New Haven MB JR.
Kaitlyn DeStefano Adelphi MB Soph.
Savannah Donarski NYIT OH JR.
Ane Kaulana New Haven S Soph.
Kristen Lee New Haven OH Fresh.
Larissa Oliveira** Bridgeport MB Soph.
Elyse Rowland** Pace L SR.
Biljana Savic** Bridgeport OH Soph
Ying Shen Bridgeport OH Soph
Bethany Shepard** Dowling OH SR.
Katie Shorter Wilmington MB JR.
Katarina Sretnovic NYIT RS JR.

Region Freshman of the Year: Kristen Lee, New Haven, OH

Honorable Mention: Jordyn Fuller (Dominican, L), Bianca Hernandez (Adelphi, L), Susan McDonough (Caldwell, OH), Nora Rugova (Pace, OH), Sabrina Simas (Bridgeport, MB), Katie Bryson (Adelphi, S)

Midwest Region

Name School Position Year
Meghan Binkerd Indianapolis S SO
Amy Choi Lewis L JR
Jennifer Costello Missouri S&T S SR
Lauren Grover Hillsdale MH SR
Krista Haslag Missouri S&T MH FR
Kristina Kerrigan** Indianapolis OH SR
Whitney Kostal Rockhurst S FR
Jen Krumwiede Lewis OH SR
Bridget Nickel Wisconsin-Parkside OH JR
Juliia Pakhomenko Northwood OH SO
Emily Ready Rockhurst MH SO
Kelsey Stratman Rockhurst MH FR
Anne Sutton Ferris State MH SR
Danielle Taflinger Findlay MB JR

Region Freshman of the Year: Krista Haslag, Missouri S&T, MH

Honorable Mention: Kristen Bulkiewicz (Wayne State MI, OH), Samantha Fordyce (Ferris State, S), Victoria Mahl Rockhurst, L), Colleen Mitros (Lewis, OH), Betsy Ronda (Grand Valley, OH), Eno Umoh (Grand Valley, MH)

South Region

Name School Position Year
Becca Acevedo Palm Beach Atlantic S So.
Lindsay Biggs** Eckerd College OH Jr.
Meagan Burke University of Tampa MB So.
Autumn Duyn** West Florida OH So.
Gabby Fernandez Florida Southern OPP So.
Kristina Headrick Christian Brothers L Fr
Megan Hodges** Rollins College OH Jr.
Camille Indest Rollins College MB Jr.
Ali McAlvany Eckerd College RS So.
Mariela Quesada Palm Beach Atlantic OH Sr.
Holly Reschke University of Tampa OH Jr.
Danielle Selkridge*** University of Tampa MB Sr.
Haley Shackelford West Florida OH Sr.
Ali Skayhan Florida Southern S Jr.

Region Freshman of the Year: Kristina Headrick, Christian Brothers, L

Honorable Mention: Melissa Buckingham (Palm Beach Atlantic, L), Lindsay Homme (West Florida, MB), Kelsey Miles (Christian Brothers, S), Kahley Patrick (Tampa, S), Anne Pietkiewicz (Florida Southern, OH), Emily Reul (West Georgia, OH)

Southeast Region

Name School Position Year
Dianna Craine** Flagler OH Sr
Caitlyn Dean** Tusculum L Jr
Blaire Fowler Lincoln Memorial MH Sr
Casey Gnann** Flagler L Sr
Anna Hilton Wingate RS Jr
Amanda Jones Armstrong OH Sr
Kassie Voekler Tusculum MH Jr
Lexi Potter Wingate MH So
Jessica Santaniello Armstrong OH Jr
Ashley Seal Armstrong S/RS Sr
Shelly Stumpff Wingate OH Fr
Emilee Taylor** Flagler OH Jr
Kaitlyn Whitmer** Catawba OH Sr
Brittany Wolf** Armstrong MH Sr

Region Freshman of the Year: Shelly Stumpff, Wingate, OH

Honorable Mention: Allison Beavers (Lincoln Memorial, S/RS), Alyssa Raterman (Tusculum, MH), Ashley Sarmiento (Tusculum, S), Kay Schellenberg (Belmont Abbey, S), Rachel Stacy (Flagler, MH), Jenny Young (Catawba, L)

South Central Region

Name School Position Year
Lauren Beville West Texas A&M Lib SR
Erin Dougherty** West Texas A&M MB SR
Shelbi Goode Angelo State MB/RS JR
Lacy Hayes** West Texas A&M S SR
Michelle Hundt** St. Edward's Lib SR
Maddie Huth Angelo State MB JR
Viktorija Jablonska Texas Woman's RS SR
Heidi Luks Arkansas-Fort Smith MB SR
Lauren Quijano Metro State RS SO
Gabriella Rifilato Adams State S JR
Jackie Stabell** Colorado Mines OH SR
Taylor Sturms Colorado Christian OH FR
Melanie Wannamaker Colorado Mines MB JR
Alex Woolsey Angelo State S SR

Region Freshman of the Year: Taylor Sturms, Colorado Christian, OH

Honorable Mention: Dominique Davis (Adam State, OH), Alysa Heath (Metro State, OH), Danielle Johnson-Hazlewood (Colorado School of Mines MB), Angelina Pulu (Western NM, OH), Shelby Wilt (Angelo State, L)


West Region

Name School Position Year
Ying Chun Chen** BYU-Hawai'i S SO
Shih Ting Chen BYU-Hawai'i OH SO
Marlayna Geary Western Wash. OH SR
Lauren Hagemeyer BYU-Hawai'i OH SR
Samantha Hutchinson Western Wash. L SO
Krissi Kemper Western Oregon MB JR
Marquis Mora** Cal. State-LA MB SR
Mackenzie Phelps Grand Canyon L SO
Kristin Preach Grand Canyon S SR
Allyson Sather Sonoma St. OH SR
Alex Shurtz Chico State OH JR
Erin Smith Central Wash. MB JR
Camille Smith*** Cal. State-SB S SR
Sable Villaescusa Chico State S SR

Region Freshman of the Year: Danielle Dahle, UCSD, OH

Honorable Mention: Laurie Yearout (WWU, S), Kelsey Hull (Sonoma, OPP), Sara McCutchan (UCSD, MB), Mercedes Winchester (CSUSB, MB), Marcy Hjellum (CWU, OH), Danielle Dahle (UCSD, OH)

* Denotes total number of years selected to AVCA Division II All-Region Team



2012 AVCA Division II Region Coaches of the Year


LEXINGTON, Ky. - The following coaches have been selected by their region as the 2012 AVCA Division II Regional Coach of the Year. Each of the honorees will represent their region on the 2012 AVCA National Coach of the Year ballot. The awards will be officially presented at the 2012 Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in Louisville, Ky. on Thursday, Dec. 13, at the 2012 American Volleyball Coaches Association Annual Convention.

AVCA Division II South Region Coach of the Year
Melissa Wolter, University of West Florida
2012 Record: 26-7, 15-1 Gulf South Conference

Now in her 10th season as the head coach of the Argonauts, Wolter has compiled a 265-137 record and the program's fifth consecutive Gulf South Conference Championship. Currently holding a No. 17 spot in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll, the Argonauts enter the NCAA Tournament as a No. 2 seed and as one of the hottest teams in the nation winning nine consecutive matches. UWF will match up with Christian Brothers University in the first round on November 29th. A four-time GSC Coach of the Year, this is her first AVCA Region Coach of the Year honor.


AVCA Division II Atlantic Region Coach of the Year

Matt Darling, Gannon University

2012 Record: 28-5, 17-2 Pennsyvania State Athletic Conference

Since taking over a then-struggling program in 2007, Darling has turned Gannon around by making them a staple in the NCAA Tournament since 2009. In 2012, they enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic Regional coming off their first ever conference championship. Their 28 victories marks the most wins in a season since the 1993 squad went 28-6. Gannon is playing some of their best volleyball to date, winning 12 of its last 13 matches and 23 of its last 26. Darling is now a first-time AVCA Region Coach of the Year winner.


AVCA Division II Southeast Region Coach of the Year

Will Condon, Armstrong Atlantic State University

2012 Record: 32-5, 13-1 Peach Belt Conference

Armstrong Atlantic defeated Flagler in five sets to win their third Peach Belt Conference Tournament, and their first since 2008. For their unforgettable season, the Pirates were given their first ever No. 1 seed and will be the host of the Southeast Regional. Their current 10-match winning streak is their longest of the season after winning nine in a row to open the 2012 campaign. Condon has won AVCA Region Coach of the Year honors for the second consecutive time.


AVCA Division II Midwest Region Coach of the Year
Tim Koth, Northwood University
2012: 26-6 (17-1 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference)

In his ninth season as Northwood's head coach, Tim Koth led the Timberwolves to an overall record of 26-6 and a conference record of 17-1. Coach Koth has a record of 154-112 with the Timberwolves, and a career total of 254 wins. The Timberwolves are headed to the Midwest region tournament as the No. 2 seed and won the 2012 GLIAC post-season tournament. Sophomore Julia Packhomenko was recognized as GLIAC Player of the Year and as part of the Midwest All-Region team, and Coach Koth was honored as GLIAC Coach of the Year. This is Koth's first Midwest Region Coach of the Year award.


AVCA Division II West Region Coach of the Year
Wilfred Navalta - BYU-Hawai'i
2012: 21-3 (16-0 Pacific West Conference)

During his 27th season as head coach at Brigham Young University-Hawaii, Wifred Navalta led his team to a 21-3 season record, a .875 winning percentage. The team was ranked first in Pacific West Conference matches, with an undefeated finish of 16-0. The team is currently tied for the No. 5 ranking in the AVCA Poll and will advance to the West Region Tournament. Three BYUH players were named to the West All-Region Team, including Ying Chun Chen, Shih Ting Chen, and Lauren Hagermeyer. Navalta has won eight NAIA National Championships and two Division II Championships during his tenure at BYUH. He was honored as National Coach of the Year in 1999 and 1996. Navalta won NAIA Regional Coach of the Year awards in 1996 and 1997, and he won the Division II West Region Coach of the Year in 1998, making this his second DII Region Coach of the Year award.


AVCA Division II East Region Coach of the Year
Robin Salters - University of New Haven
2012: 27-1 (15-0 Northeast-10 Conference)

A former setter for the Chargers and a 1991 graduate of the University, Robin Salters continues to uphold the proud winning tradition of New Haven volleyball. Since taking the helm in 1994 as only the second head coach in program history, Salters has posted a 531-149 record and .780 winning percentage. This year, she led her squad to a 27-1 record, including a perfect 15-0 in Northeast-10 Conference play. Her school will host the NCAA DII East Region Championship. Since 2008, her teams are undefeated in Northeast-10 play. This is her third AVCA Region Coach of the Year recognition.


AVCA Division II Central Region Coach of the Year
Brady Starkey - Concordia-St. Paul
2012: 27-4 (18-2 NSIC)

It has been another strong showing for Brady Starkey's Golden Bear squad this season, posting a 27-4 record heading into NCAA DII Regional Tournament play. A 5-set loss to #2 ranked Southwest Minnesota State snapped a 17-match winning streak, including 16 consecutive home victories. Concordia-St. Paul began the season by winning 48 straight sets on their home floor. Heading to tournament play, Starkey will boast a career record of 333-30, posting a winning percentage of .910. Success is no stranger to Starkey, as he has won AVCA National Coach of the Year three times, as well as seven previous AVCA Region Coach of the Year awards.


AVCA Division II South Central Region Coach of the Year
Jamie Skadeland - Colorado School of Mines
2012: 25-7 (17-2 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference)

In her fifth season as the head coach at Colorado School of Mines, Skadeland has led her team to a school-best 25-6 record. For the fourth consecutive year, the Orediggers will be heading to the NCAA South Central Regional Tournament, being named a #3 seed by the selection committee. This is only the fifth NCAA Tournament berth in CSM history. Her first stint as a head coach has thus far resulted in a record of 104-50, and last season, she coached the program's first-ever AVCA All-American. She was an assistant at CSM for a season before being named as the head coach. Skadeland is a previous AVCA Thirty Under 30 Award recipient.


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