2003 AVCA Division II All-America Teams

12/1/2003

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2003 AVCA Division II All-America Teams

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce the 23nd annual AVCA All-America teams for Division II women's volleyball. The awards will be presented Dec. 3, 2003, at the NCAA Division II Elite Eight Tournament banquet at the Radisson Hotel & Convention Center. The NCAA Division II Elite Eight Tournaments begins on Dec. 4 with quarterfinal matches being played at Coussoulis Arena on the campus of Cal State San Bernardino.

Cal State San Bernardino's Kim Morohunfola and Tampa's Ania Ruiz became just the fourth and fifth athletes in NCAA Division II history to be four-time AVCA All-Americans.

The 2003 All-America selections were made by the AVCA Division II All-America Committee: Kim Sudbeck, Augustana College (S.D.), chairperson; Jim Callender, Western New Mexico University; Ginger Crissman-Ashley, Catawba College; Sandy Hoffman, Bentley College; Laurie Lokash, Slippery Rock University; Peggy Martin, Central Missouri State University; Deanne Scanlon, Grand Valley State University; and Kim Vinson, Cameron University.

2003 AVCA DIVISION II FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICA
 

Player Institution Pos. Yr. Ht. Hometown
Nicole Bayle * Grand Valley State University S Sr. 5-10 Fruitport, Michigan
Jenny Gronner-Roisum North Dakota State University MB Sr. 5-11 Underwood, Minnesota
Devon Herron % Metro State College S Sr. 5-9 Spokane, Washington
Linnea Kiilsgaard % University of Northern Colorado S Sr. 5-7 Auburn, Washington
Kristin Koralewski Northern Kentucky University OH Jr. 5-8 Muskego, Wisconsin
Chun Yi Lin * Brigham Young Univ.-Hawaii MB So. 6-1 Pingtune, Taiwan
Kim Morohunfola %^$ Cal State Univ., San Bernardino MB Sr. 5-11 Upland, California
Gretchen Naruta % University of Tampa S Sr. 5-7 Winter Springs, Florida
Yana Ninova & University of North Alabama OH Sr. 5-11 Viden, Bulgaria
Teresa Ohta UC San Diego S Jr. 5-6 Cypress, California
Ania Ruiz *^$ University of Tampa OH Sr. 5-11 Arroyo, Puerto Rico
Jessica Shepler & Rockhurst University OH Sr. 5-11 Kansas City, Kansas


2003 AVCA DIVISION II SECOND-TEAM ALL-AMERICA
 

Player Institution Pos. Yr. Ht. Hometown
Liz Bishop * Western Washington University S Sr. 5-9 Seattle, Washington
Anna Bondarenko % Queens College (N.Y.) MB Jr. 6-1 Almaty, Kazakhstan
Flavia Brakling Hawai'i Pacific University OH So. 6-0 Sao Paulo, Brazil
Erin Gudmundson University of Nebraska at Kearney MB So. 5-11 Kearney, Nebraska
Tia Lindberg Concordia University-St. Paul RS/Opp Jr. 5-11 Stacy, Minnesota
Valerie Martinez University of North Florida S Jr. 5-9 Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Carrie Potthast & Central Missouri State Univ. OH Sr. 5-10 St. Rose, Illinois
Jessica Sears Truman State University OH Jr. 5-10 Colchester, Illinois
Jessica Slayton Cal State Bakersfield OH Sr. 5-9 Bakersfield, California
Jackie Struck %# University of North Florida MB So. 6-0 Spring, Texas
Yu Chuan Weng * Brigham Young Univ.-Hawaii OH Jr. 5-10 Hsinchu, Taiwan
Callie Zwettler University of Minnesota Duluth OH Jr. 5-7 Madison, Wisconsin


2003 AVCA DIVISION II THIRD-TEAM ALL-AMERICA
 

Player Institution Pos. Yr. Ht. Hometown
Erin Arnold University of Nebraska at Kearney OH Jr. 5-10 Casper, Wyoming
Sabrina Bird Grand Valley State University MB Sr. 5-11 Hopkins, Michigan
Amiee Dewitte Northern Michigan Univeristy MB Jr. 6-0 St. Charles, Illinois
Fernanda Ferreira %# Barry University MB Sr. 5-11 Sao Paulo, Brazil
Erika Figueiredo % St. Edward's University OH Jr. 5-11 Joao Pessoa, Brazil
Kim Ford *^ Cal State Univ., San Bernardino OH Sr. 5-10 Etiwanda, California
Kari Holmgren North Dakota State University S Sr. 5-9 Elk River, Minnesota
Ashley Moffitt University of North Alabama S Sr. 5-6 Shepardsville, Kentucky
Cathleen Price Cal State Univ., San Bernardino MB Jr. 5-11 Gresham, Oregon
Rachael Shedd Truman State University S Sr. 5-10 Omaha, Nebraska
Ashley Walton & Edinboro University MB Sr. 5-10 Manchester, Pennsylvania
Dina Wathan Pittsburg State University OH Sr. 5-10 Blue Springs, Missouri


* indicates 2002 AVCA First-Team All-America selection
^ indicates 2001 AVCA First-Team All-America selection
% indicates 2002 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection
# indicates 2001 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection
$ indicates 2000 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection
& indicates 2002 AVCA Third-Team All-America selection

2003 AVCA Division II Freshman of the Year: Sarah Shearman (Truman State University, OH)
2003 AVCA Division II Player of the Year: Announced Dec. 3, 2002

2003 AVCA DIVISION III HONORABLE MENTION ALL-AMERICA
Allison Anderson (Cal Poly Pomona, MB, So.)
Britta Beckman (Bryant College, S/H, Sr. )
Mallory Bergstrom (University of Alaska-Fairbanks, OH, Jr.)
Donja Bobbitt (Presbyterian College, OH, Jr.)
Kim Boehmer (University of Southern Indiana, S, Sr.)
Ashlea Bonds (University of New Haven, OH, Sr.)
Melanie Bull (Clarion University, OH, Sr.)
Heidi Busch (Mount Olive College, OH, So.)
Alyssa Carter (Bentley College, S/H, Sr.)
Chrissy Elder (Pittsburg State University,S, Sr.)
Karla Fairbanks (Ferris State University, OH, Jr.)
Brittany Gates (Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania, MB, So.)
Lacey George (Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania, S, Jr.)
Shawna Gilbert (Metro State College, MB, Sr.)
Julie Handy (Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell, OH, So.)
Kirstin Hearn (Wheeling Jesuit University, S, Sr.)
Kim Hebl (North Dakota State University, OH, Jr.)
Jackie Hill (Clarion University, S, Sr.)
Jenni Holste (Florida Southern College, MB, Sr.)
Jen Howser (Slippery Rock University, OH, Sr.)
Katie Hummel (Edinboro Univ. of Pennsylvania, MB, Sr.)
Kacie Hyatt (West Texas A&M University, DS/Lib., Sr.)
Greta Iisakka (University of Minnesota Duluth, S, Jr.)
Gloria Ilariogun (Pittsburg State University, MB, Sr.)
Edith Jaworski (University of North Florida, OH, Sr.)
Lisette Jeppesen (University of New Haven, MB, Sr.)
Jill Kalvik (Concordia University - St. Paul, RS/Opp, Sr.)
Renee Kam (Edinboro Univ. of Pennsylvania, S, Jr.)
Kelsey Kosick (Cameron University, OH, Sr.)
Daniela Lanza (Barry University, S, Sr.)
Sara Larson (Augustana College, S.D., OH, Sr.)
Jennie Little (Northern Michigan University, RS/Opp, Jr.)
Kaala Lo (Brigham Young Univ.-Hawai'i, S, Jr.)
Dingding Lu (California Univ. of Pennsylvania, MB, Sr.)
Cassidy Mariano (Queens College, N.Y., S, Jr.)
Dani McHenry (Washburn University, OH, Jr.)
Kimberly Melinauskas (Wheeling Jesuit University, MB, Sr.)
Elyse Mohme (Central Missouri State Univ., MB, Jr.)
Kendra Morgan (West Texas A&M University, S, Sr.)
Masha Mosenzhnik (Queens College, N.Y., OH, Jr.)
Michelle Muniz (Bryant College, N.Y., OH, So.)
Yana Ninova (University of North Alabama, OH, Sr.)
Crystal Nucech (University of Minnesota Duluth, OH, Sr.)
Nicola Parker (Western Washington Univ., DS/Lib, Sr.)
Veronica Piech (Harding University, OH, Sr.)
Te' Jaye Redd (University of North Alabama, MB, Sr.)
Carrie Ritchie (Ashland University, OH, Jr.)
Stephanie Rivera (University of Tampa, RS/Opp, So.)
Nichole Rose (Minnesota State University, RS/Opp, Sr.)
Jessy Roy (Metro State College, OH, Sr.)
Colleen Sherk (Clarion University, MB, Jr.)
Shemaka Smith (University of New Haven, S, Sr.)
Bethany Spilde (Univ. of Nebraska at Kearney, S, So.)
Marcy Stutzman (Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania, OH, Jr.)
Samanta Tucillo (Barry University, RS/Opp, Jr.)
Andrea Turner (Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell, S, Sr.)
Andrea Voss (Southern Ill. Univ.-Edwardsville, MB, Sr.)
Cammi Welter (Northern Kentucky University, RS/Opp, Sr.)
Ericka Womack (University of Tampa, MB, So.)
Joy Wubben (Concordia University - St. Paul, MB, Jr.)
Yulissa Zamudio (Mercy College, OH, Jr.)
Amber Zoglman (Fort Hays State University, MB, Jr..)


AVCA First-Team All-Americans
Nicole Bayle, a 5-10 setter for Grand Valley State University, is a senior from Fruitport, Michigan. Bayle, a back-to-back AVCA First-Team All-America selection, has led the Lakers to the Elite Eight for the fourth straight year. Bayle averaged 10.34 assists, 2.31 digs and 0.67 blocks per game in 2003 en route to being named AVCA All-Great Lakes Region for the third time.

Jenny Gronner-Roisum, a 5-11 middle blocker for North Dakota State University, is a senior from Underwood, Minnesota. Gronner-Roisum contributed 3.54 kills, 1.22 digs and 1.38 blocks per game to the Bison totals in 2003. She helped lead North Dakota State to the North Central Region finals and a 25-9 overall record. Gronner-Roisum has 1,099-career kills and ranks fifth at the school in all-time blocks.

Devon Herron, a 5-9 setter for Metro State College, is a senior from Spokane, Washington. Herron, a two-time AVCA All-American, paced Metro State to the top seed in the Southwest Regional. She averaged 14.22 assists per game for second best in Division II. Herron, the RMAC Player of the Year, guided the Roadrunners to a .263 team attack percentage.

Linnea Kiilsgaard, a 5-7 setter for the University of Northern Colorado, is a senior from Auburn, Washington. Kiilsgaard, a two-time AVCA All-American, averaged 13.75 assists per game for fifth best in Division II. She set the Bears to a .285 team attack percentage for 10th best in Division II. Kiilsgaard completed her career with 5,329 assists and joined the 1,000-dig club this season.

Kristin Koralewski, a 5-8 outside hitter for Northern Kentucky University, is a junior from Muskego, Wisconsin. Koralewski was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year in 2003. She recorded 26 double-doubles this season with a team-leading 580 kills and 487 digs. Koralewski, who helped the Norse to the Great Lakes Region finals, also hit .328 on the season.

Chun Yi Lin, a 6-1 middle blocker for Brigham Young University-Hawaii, is a sophomore from Pingtune, Taiwan. Lin, a two-time AVCA All-American and last year's AVCA National Player of the Year, hit .465 in 2003 while averaging 4.43 kills, 1.16 blocks and 5.44 points per game. She ranked third nationally in hitting percentage. Lin hit .789 against Chaminade to set a school record.

Kim Morohunfola, a 5-11 middle blocker for Cal State University San Bernardino, is a senior from Upland, California. Morohunfola becomes a four-time AVCA All-America selection, an accomplishment achieved by only four other NCAA Division II players. She averages 3.95 kills and 1.05 blocks per game. Morohunfola ranks first on the Coyote all-time block assist chart with 396 while posting the third most career kills in school history.

Gretchen Naruta, a 5-7 setter for the University of Tampa, is a senior from Winter Springs, Florida. Naruta, a two-time AVCA All-American, ranks ninth in Division II for assists per game with 13.59. She has led the Spartans to a .330 team attack percentage, which tops all Division II teams. Naruta also contributes 1.78 digs and 0.25 aces per game in 2003.

Yana Ninova, a 5-11 outside hitter for the University of North Alabama, is a senior from Viden, Bulgaria. Ninova ranks second inNCAA Division II in kill average with 6.07 per game and ninth in hitting with a .409 attack percentage. She adds 1.96 digs, 0.65 blocks and 0.22 aces per game. Ninova was named All-Gulf South Conference First Team for the fourth straight year.

Teresa Ohta, a 5-6 setter for UC San Diego, is a junior from Cypress, California. Ohta, a three-time AVCA All-Pacific Region pick, ranked 15th nationally in assist average with 12.93 per game. She paced the Tritons to a .272 team attack percentage, which ranks 21st in Division II. Ohta added 0.81 kills and 2.88 digs per game in 2003.

Ania Ruiz, a 5-11 outside hitter for the University of Tampa, is a senior from Arroyo, Puerto Rico. Ruiz becomes one of five players to receive AVCA All-America all four years and just the 13th player named first-team three times. She averages 4.44 kills per game and attacks at a .336 clip. Ruiz adds 2.73 digs and 0.65 blocks per game as the Spartans return to the Elite Eight.

Jessica Shepler, a 5-11 outside hitter for Rockhurst University, is a senior from Kansas City, Kansas. Shepler ranked eighth in the NCAA for kills per game at 4.93 while hitting at a .304 clip. She added 3.50 digs and 0.75 blocks per game. Jessica led her team to the Southwest Region championship match in 2003. Shepler finished her four-year career with 2,301 kills.

AVCA Second-Team All-America
Liz Bishop, a 5-9 setter for Western Washington University, is a senior from Seattle, Washington. Bishop, a two-time AVCA All-American, was voted the GNAC Player of the Year for the second straight year. She ranked 10th nationally in assist average with 13.54 per game and added 2.88 digs per game. Bishop finished her Viking career with the second most career assists with 4,176.

Anna Bondarenko, a 6-1 middle blocker for Queens College in New York, is a junior from Almaty, Kazakhstan. Bondarenko, a two-time AVCA Second-Team All-America selection, led the NCAA Division II in hitting with a .478 hitting percentage in 2003. She produced 5.65 kills per game, which ranks fourth according to the latest NCAA rankings. Bondarenko added 1.10 blocks and 3.06 digs per game.

Flavia Brakling, a 6-0 outside hitter for Hawaii Pacific University, is a sophomore from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Brakling averaged 4.17 kills and 2.43 digs per game leading the Sea Warriors to the Pacific Region finals. She tallied 33 kills versus Western New Mexico and averages nearly five points per game against national-ranked teams. Brakling tallied 12 double-doubles in 2003.

Erin Gudmundson, a 5-11 middle blocker for the University of Nebraska at Kearney, is a sophomore from Kearney, Nebraska. Gudmundson leads the Lopers in kills with 4.50 per game and hitting with a .338 percentage. With 571 kills in 2003, she is on pace to break school records for kills in a season and kill average. Gudmundson was honored as the Oct. 13 Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week.

Tia Lindberg, a 5-11 right side/opposite hitter for Concordia University - St. Paul, is a junior from Stacy, Minnesota. Lindberg helped the Golden Bears to their first Elite Eight Tournament berth with 3.12 kills, 1.08 blocks and 0.35 aces per game. She recorded 16 matches with double-figure kills, including all six matches against national-ranked teams. Lindberg has 1,055-career kills in her third season.

Valerie Martinez, a 5-9 setter for the University of North Florida, is a junior from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Martinez ranked 13th nationally in assists per game with 13.15, leading the Ospreys to the South Region semifinals. She paced the team to a .309 team attack percentage, which ranked fourth in Division II. Martinez added 1.99 digs and 0.58 blocks per game on defense.

Carrie Potthast, a 5-10 outside hitter for Central Missouri State University, is a senior from Saint Rose, Illinois. Potthast, a three-time AVCA All-Region pick, helped the Jennies to the South Central Region finals as she averaged 4.49 kills, 4.40 digs and 0.55 blocks per game. Carrie averaged nearly five points per game against nationally ranked teams. Potthast finished with 1,593-career kills.

Jessica Sears, a 5-10 outside hitter for Truman State University, is a junior from Colchester, Illinois. Sears led the MIAA in kills and points while ranking among the top 10 in attack percentage and digs. She averaged 4.62 kills and 4.18 digs per game, which rank second- and the fourth-best at the school, respectively. Sears finished her career with over 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs.

Jessica Slayton, a 5-9 outside hitter for Cal State Bakersfield, is a senior from Bakersfield, California. Slayton averaged 4.11 kills, 0.62 aces and 3.06 digs per game in 2003. She set a CCAA record with 10 aces in a three-game match against Division I-bound UC Davis. Slayton became the only player in school history to rank in top five for career kills and aces.

Jackie Struck, a 6-0 middle blocker for the University of North Florida, is a junior from Spring, Texas. Struck, a three-time AVCA All-American, ranked fourth in Division II for hitting percentage with a mark of .465. She was named the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year for the second time. Struck added 4.40 kills, 0.59 aces and 1.13 blocks per game for the Ospreys.

Yu Chuan Weng, a 5-10 outside hitter for Brigham Young University-Hawaii, is a sophomore from Hsinchu, Taiwan. Weng, a two-time AVCA All-American, averaged 4.08 kills and 3.16 digs per game. She ranked seventh in the PacWest in hitting percentage, sixth in kills and eighth in digs. Weng averaged 5.02 points per game in 29 games against nationally ranked teams.

Callie Zwettler, a 5-7 outside hitter for the University of Minnesota Duluth, is a junior from Madison, Wisconsin. Zwettler, the NSIC Player of the Year, led the conference in kills with a 4.70 average and aces with a 0.67 average. She hit .243 on the season with a 3.31 digs per game average. Zwettler has recorded 1,209-career kills in just three season to rank sixth in school history.

AVCA Third-Team All-America
Erin Arnold, a 5-10 outside hitter for University of Nebraska at Kearney, is a junior from Casper, Wyoming. Arnold averaged 4.23 kills and a team-leading 3.75 digs per game for the Lopers in 2003. She ranks third in her conference for hitting percentage. Arnold became the eighth player in school history to record both 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career.

Sabrina Bird, a 5-11 middle blocker for Grand Valley State University, is a senior from Hopkins, Michigan. Bird has completed each of her four seasons with competition in the Elite Eight Tournament. She has produced a .354 hitting percentage with averages of 3.17 kills and 1.16 blocks. Bird was named the GLIAC Player of the Year for 2003.

Aimee Dewitte, a 6-0 middle blocker for Northern Michigan University, is a junior from St. Charles, Missouri. Dewitte led the Wildcats to the Great Lakes Region semifinals and an overall 26-1 record. She averaged 2.82 kills, 0.45 aces, 3.24 digs and 0.79 blocks per game as a versatile middle blocker. Dewitte, a primary passer, helped NMU to the yield the fewest aces in conference.

Fernanda Ferreira, a 5-11 middle blocker for Barry University, is a senior from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Ferrerira, a three-time AVCA All-American, led the Buccaneers to a 24-4 record in 2003, including a berth in the South Region finals. She averaged 3.13 kills, 2.19 digs and 0.86 blocks per game. Ferreira was part of an offense that ranked 14th nationally in attack percentage.

Erika Figueiredo, a 5-11 outside hitter for St. Edward's University, is a junior from Joao Pessoa, Brazil. Figueiredo, the Heartland Conference Player of the Year, ranked 10th nationally in kill average with 4.82 per game. She led the league in kills for the third consecutive season. Figueiredo averaged over 5.50 points per game against nationally ranked teams in 2003.

Kim Ford, a 5-10 outside hitter for Cal State San Bernardino, is a senior from Etiwanda, California. Ford, a three-time AVCA All-American, averages 3.96 kills, 3.21 digs and 0.82 blocks per game in helping the Coyotes to their first Elite Eight berth. Ford became the school's all-time leader in both kills and digs late in the 2003 season.

Kari Holmgren, a 5-9 setter for North Dakota State University, is a senior from Elk River, Minnesota. Holmgren led the Bison to a .232 team attack percentage with 12.87 assists per game in her final year of eligibility. She contributed 3.35 digs, 0.50 blocks and 0.63 kills per game. Holmgren is one of three NDSU setters to finish with at least 4,000 assists and 1,000 digs in a career.

Ashley Moffitt, a 5-6 setter for the University of North Alabama, is a senior from Shepardsville, Kentucky. Moffitt leads all NCAA Division II players in assist average in 2003 with 14.50 per game. She has helped the Lions to a .294 team attack percentage, which ranks seventh in Division II. Moffitt ranks fourth in Division II history with 6,812 assists.

Cathleen Price, a 5-11 middle blocker for Cal State San Bernardino, is a junior from Gresham, Oregon. Price is connecting for a .392 hitting percentage, which ranks 16th in Division II, in her first season a full-time starter. She averages 1.05 blocks, 2.96 kills and 0.31 aces per game in 2003. Price has helped the Coyotes to their first Elite Eight Tournament berth.

Rachael Shedd, a 5-10 setter for Truman State University, is a senior from Omaha, Nebraska. Shedd, the MIAA Most Valuable Player, ranked 19th in Division II for assists per game with 12.74, a new school single-season record. She ended her career ranked fifth at Truman in career assists and fourth in career assist average. Shedd was the MIA

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