Oklahoma City, Okla. (December 17, 2014) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce the 34th annual AVCA Division I All-America Teams for women's volleyball. The awards will be presented Dec. 19, 2014, in Oklahoma City, Okla. at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet. The event is held in conjunction with the 2014 AVCA Convention.
Each of the three AVCA All-America Teams is comprised of 14 athletes. The Division I AVCA National Player of the Year will be announced on Dec. 19 at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet.
University of Texas outside hitter Haley Eckerman leads this year’s class earning AVCA All-American honors all four years. She becomes just the 26th player in AVCA history to garner four All-America awards in four years. Penn State’s Micha Hancock and Krista Vansant have taken home AVCA All-America honors three times. In total, 13 players have been awarded multiple times.
The selections were made by the AVCA Division I All-America Committee: Chair: Sherry Dunbar, Indiana University; East Region: Mike Johnson, Xavier University; East Coast Region: Dennis Hohenshelt, University of Virginia; Midwest Region: Melissa Stokes, Missouri State University; North Region: Cathy George, Michigan State University; Northeast Region: Reed Sunahara, University at Buffalo; Pacific North Region: Shawn Garus, Boise State University; Pacific South Region: Liz Kritza, University of Colorado; South Region: Matt Peck, Middle Tennessee State University; Southeast Region: Scott Swanson, University of South Carolina; Southwest Region: Santiago Restrepo, University of Oklahoma.
2014 AVCA DIVISION I FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICA
|First Name||Last Name||School||Position||Year|
|Lauren||Carlini^||University of Wisconsin||S||So.|
|Haley||Eckerman!$*||University of Texas||OH||Sr.|
|Nia||Grant||Penn State University||MB||Sr.|
|Jennifer||Hamson$||Brigham Young University||RS||Sr.|
|Micha||Hancock$*||Penn State University||S||Sr.|
|Briana||Holman||Louisiana State University||MB||So.|
|Alex||Holston||University of Florida||RS||So.|
|Chiaka||Ogbogu^||University of Texas||MB||So.|
|Taylor||Simpson||University of Colorado||OH||Sr.|
|Krista||Vansant@*||University of Washington||OH||Sr.|
2014 AVCA DIVISION I SECOND-TEAM ALL-AMERICA
|First Name||Last Name||School||Position||Year|
|Rhamat||Alhassan||University of Florida||MB||Fr.|
|Khat||Bell||University of Texas||MB||Sr.|
|Morgan||Bergren||University of Kentucky||S||Jr.|
|Jocelynn||Birks#||University of Illinois||OH||RS Jr.|
|Samantha||Bricio^||University of Southern California||OH||Jr.|
|Ali||Frantti||Penn State University||OH||Fr.|
|Alexa||Gray#||Brigham Young University||OH||Jr.|
|Savanah||Leaf||University of Miami||OH||Sr.|
|Merete||Lutz||Stanford University||MB||RS Fr.|
|Taylor||Morey||University of Wisconsin||L||Jr.|
|Chaniel||Nelson||University of North Carolina||RS||RS Sr.|
|Courtney||Thomas||University of Wisconsin||RS||Sr.|
|Nicole||Walch||Florida State University||OH||Jr.|
|Aiyana||Whitney||Penn State University||RS||RS Jr.|
2014 AVCA DIVISION I THIRD-TEAM ALL-AMERICA
|First Name||Last Name||School||Position||Year|
|Martenne||Bettendorf||University of Oregon||RS||Jr.|
|Mackenzie||Dagostino||University of Florida||S||Jr.|
|Deedra||Foss||Colorado State University||S||Sr.|
|Macey||Gardner||Arizona State University||OH||Jr.|
|Madi||Kingdon||University of Arizona||OH||Sr.|
|Mary-Kate||Marshall||Oregon State University||OH||Fr.|
|Molly||McCage||University of Texas||MB||Jr.|
|Kaleigh||Nelson#||University of Washington||RS||Sr.|
|Caitlin||Nolan||Iowa State University||L||Jr.|
|Krystal||Rivers||University of Alabama||RS||RS So.|
|Kadie||Rolfzen#||University of Nebraska||OH||So.|
|Lianna||Sybeldon||University of Washington||MB||Jr.|
|Paige||Tapp||University of Minnesota||MB||So.|
* indicates 2013 AVCA First-Team All-America selection
^ indicates 2013 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection
# indicates 2013 AVCA Third-Team All-America selection
$ indicates 2012 AVCA First-Team All-America selection
@ indicates 2012 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection
% indicates 2012 AVCA Third-Team All-America selection
! indicates 2011 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection
2014 Division I AVCA Freshman of the Year: Ali Frantti, Penn State, OH
2014 Division I AVCA Player of the Year: To be announced at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet on Friday, December 19th.
2014 AVCA Division I Honorable Mention All-America
|First Name||Last Name||School||Position||Year|
|Stephanie||Aiple||Texas A&M University||S||Fr.|
|Chelsea||Albers||University of Kansas||RS||Sr.|
|Kaye||Alese Green||UCF||MB||RS Sr.|
|Jordan||Anderson||West Virginia University||OH||So.|
|Simone||Antwi||University of Florida||MB||Jr.|
|Nikki||Attea||West Virginia University||RS||Jr.|
|Jazzmin||Babers||Texas A&M University||MB||So.|
|Savannah||Blinn||Gonzaga University||OH||RS Jr.|
|Amy||Boswell||Brigham Young University||MB||So.|
|Katie||Brand||Kansas State University||S||RS So.|
|Brianna||Brink||Texas A&M-Corpus Christi||OH||Sr.|
|Sarah||Burrington||Florida State University||MB||RS So.|
|Elizabeth||Campbell||Ohio State University||OH||Jr.|
|Alyssa||Cavanaugh||Western Kentucky University||OH||Fr.|
|Tess||Clark||University of Louisville||MB||Fr.|
|Abby||Cole||University of Michigan||MB||So.|
|Adrianna||Culbert||Colorado State University||RS||Jr.|
|Julia||Doyle||University of Oklahoma||S||Jr.|
|Katie||Dutchman||Northwestern University||MB||RS Sr.|
|Kaitlyn||Early||Illinois State University||S||Sr.|
|Kelsey||Fien||University of Nebraska||OH||Jr.|
|Tessa||Fournier||Seton Hall University||L||So.|
|Katie||George||University of Louisville||S||Jr.|
|Isolde||Hannan||University of Dayton||MB||Sr.|
|Payton||Harris||Mississippi State University||L||Fr.|
|Ainise||Havili||University of Kansas||S||Fr.|
|Meredith||Hays||University of Arkansas||OH||Sr.|
|Marion||Hazelwood||University of Oklahoma||MB||Fr.|
|Kierra||Holst||University of Oklahoma||OH||Jr.|
|Katie||Horton||Florida State University||OH||So.|
|Gillian||Howard||University of the Pacific||MB||Sr.|
|Kat||Hutson||University of Alabama||OH||Fr.|
|Lily||Johnson||Missouri State University||OH||Fr.|
|Carly||Kan||University of Missouri||OH||So.|
|Jaelyn||Keene||Illinois State University||MB||Fr.|
|Litara||Keil||Loyola Marymount University||MB||Sr.|
|Kendall||Kritenbrink||University of South Dakota||OH||Sr.|
|Kadi||Kullerkann||University of Houston||OH/RS||RS Jr.|
|Abbie||Lehman||Wichita State University||MB||RS Fr.|
|Jessica||Lucas||Western Kentucky University||S||Fr.|
|Bre||Mackie||Long Beach State University||RS||Sr.|
|Olivia||Magill||University of Hawai'i||MB||Jr.|
|Shelbey||Manthorpe||Seton Hall University||S||Sr.|
|Liz||McMahon||University of Illinois||RS||Sr.|
|Victoria||McPherson||University of North Carolina||MB||Jr.|
|Rachel||Minarick||Michigan State University||S||Fr.|
|Katie||Mosher||Florida State University||L||RS Sr.|
|Kori||Moster||Michigan State University||L||Sr.|
|Jackie||Napper||University of Kentucky||L||Sr.|
|Amy||Neal||University of Texas||OH||Jr.|
|Haleigh||Nelson||University of Wisconsin||MB||So.|
|Paige||Neuenfeldt||University of North Carolina||MB||Jr|
|Lauren||O'Conner||University of Kentucky||OH||Sr.|
|Chisom||Okpala||Long Beach State University||MB||Sr.|
|Amanda||Orchard||University of Pittsburgh||MB||Jr.|
|Emily||Orrick||Illinois State University||L||Sr.|
|Chidima||Osuchukwu||George Washington Univ.||MB||So.|
|Mary||Pollmiller||University of Nebraska||S||Sr.|
|Chloe||Reinig||Michigan State University||OH||So.|
|Chantale||Riddle||University of New Mexico||RS||RS Sr.|
|Mackenzie||Roddy||Northern Illinois University||OH||Sr.|
|Taylor||Sandbothe||Ohio State University||MB||So.|
|Daly||Santana||University of Minnesota||OH||Jr.|
|Markie||Schaedig||Arkansas State University||L||So.|
|Heather||Schnars||University of Central Arkansas||OH||Jr.|
|Lillian||Schonewise||University of California, Berkley||MB||RS Jr.|
|Taylor||Sherwin||Ohio State University||S||Sr.|
|Emani||Sims||University of Miami||MB||RS Sr.|
|Penina||Snuka||University of Arizona||S||So.|
|Shelby||Sullivan||Texas A&M University||MB||Jr.|
|Ece||Taner||University of North Carolina||L||Sr.|
|Hannah||Tedrow||Loyola Marymount University||S||Jr.|
|Anni||Thomasson||University of Kentucky||OH||So.|
|Dominique||Thompson||University of Wisconsin||MB||RS Sr.|
|Alaina||Turner||University of Dayton||OH||Jr.|
|Taylor||Whittingham||University of Southern California||L||So.|
|Sierra||Wilson||University of Alabama||S||Jr.|
|Kylee||Zumach||Kansas State University||OH||Fr.|
AVCA First-Team All-America
Inky Ajanaku, Stanford, MB
Stats: 3.52 K/S, .438 hitting percentage, 1.16 B/S
Two-time AVCA First-Team All-American (2013)…Alongside two teammates become the 47th, 48th and 49th Stanford players to earn AVCA First-Team All-American honors….Eight more than Nebraska for most all-time in Division I.
Madi Bugg, Stanford, S
Stats: 12.11 A/S, .316 team hitting percentage, 2.79 D/S, 0.55 B/S
Two-time AVCA All-American (second team in 2013)…Alongside two teammates become the 47th, 48th and 49th Stanford players to earn AVCA First-Team All-American honors.
Jorgan Burgess, Stanford, OH
Stats: 3.10 K/S, .268 hitting percentage, 3.16 D/S
First-time AVCA All-American…21st different Stanford player (including Bugg) to earn AVCA First-Team All-American honors.
Lauren Carlini, Wisconsin, S
Stats: 11.23 K/S, .275 team hitting percentage, 3.03 D/S, 0.70 B/S
Two-time AVCA All-American (second team in 2013)…Fourth player in Badgers history to earn multiple AVCA All-American honors…Wisconsin’s first First-Team All-American since Sherisa Livingston in 2001.
Haley Eckerman, Texas, OH
Stats: 3.21 K/S, .262 hitting percentage, 1.22 D/S
Four-time AVCA All-American (second team in 2011, first team in 2012 and 2013)…26th player in AVCA Division I history to be a four-time AVCA All-American…Second in Texas history (Demetria Sance from 1995-1998).
Nia Grant, Penn State, MB
Stats: 2.34 K/S, .442 hitting percentage, 1.11 B/S
First-Time AVCA All-American…19th player in program history to earn AVCA First-Team All-American honors.
Jennifer Hamson, BYU, RS
Stats: 3.75 K/S, .329 hitting percentage, 1.46 D/S, 1.35 B/S
Two-time AVCA All-American (First Team in 2012)…Took last year off to focus on BYU’s basketball team…Second player in program history to earn multiple AVCA First-Team All-American honors.
Micha Hancock, Penn State, S
Stats: 11.53 A/S, 1.16 K/S, .399 hitting percentage, .348 team hitting percentage
Three-time AVCA First-Team All-American (2012, 2013)…Alongside fellow first-teamer Haley Eckerman, become the 28th and 29th players in AVCA Division I history to earn First-Team honors three times…Deja McClendon, Bonnie Bremner, Blair Brown, Nicole Fawcett, Megan Hodge are the other Nittany Lions to accomplish the same feat.
Briana Holman, LSU, MB
Stats: 3.94 K/S, .383 hitting percentage, 1.47 B/S
First-time AVCA All-American…Sixth ever player from LSU to earn AVCA All-American honors, and the first since 2009 (Britnee Cooper).
Alex Holston, Florida, RS
Stats: 3.83 K/S, .350 hitting percentage, 0.73 B/S
First-time AVCA All-American…10th different player in program history earn AVCA First-Team All-American.
Karsta Lowe, UCLA, OH
Stats: 5.96 K/S, .304 hitting percentage, 2.04 D/S, 0.66 B/S
First-time AVCA All-American…28th different player in UCLA history to earn AVCA All-American honors…18th different player to make earn First-Team honors.
Chiaka Ogbogu, Texas, MB
Stats: 2.02 K/S, .416 hitting percentage, 1.32 B/S
Two-time AVCA All-American (second team in 2013)…15th different player in Longhorns history to earn AVCA First-Team honors.
Taylor Simpson, Colorado, OH
Stats: 4.65 K/S, .398 hitting percentage, 2.71 D/S, 0.57 B/S
First-time AVCA All-American…Second every AVCA All-American in program history (Ashley Nu’u, Third-Team in 2006).
Krista Vansant, Washington, OH
Stats: 4.67 K/S, .320 hitting percentage, 2.59 D/S, 0.71 B/S
Three-time AVCA All-American (second team in 2012 and first team in 2013)…Fifth player in program history to be a three-time AVCA All-American honoree.
AVCA Second-Team All-America
Rhamat Alhassan, Florida, MB
Stats: 2.66 K/S, .458 hitting percentage, 1.32 B/S
First-time AVCA All-American…Alongside teammates Alex Holston and Mackenzie Dagostino become the 21st, 22nd and 23rd players to earn AVCA All-American accolades while a Florida Gator.
Khat Bell, Texas, MB
Stats: 2.38 K/S, .300 hitting percentage, 0.95 B/S
First-time AVCA All-American…26th player in Longhorns history to earn AVCA All-American honors…Third team All-American and teammate Molly MCage marks the 27th.
Morgan Bergren, Kentucky, S
Stats: 10.94 A/S, .272 team hitting percentage, 1.81 D/S, 0.77 B/S
First-time AVCA All-American…Ninth player in UK history to earn AVCA All-American honors.
Jocelynn Birks, Illinois, OH
Stats: 4.05 K/S, .233 hitting percentage, 2.59 D/S, 0.64 B/S
Two-time AVCA All-American (third team in 2013)…Sixth player in Illinois history to earn AVCA All-American honors multiple times.
Samantha Bricio, Southern California, OH
Stats: 4.28 K/S, .257 hitting percentage, 0.70 Aces/S, 2.88 D/S
Two-time AVCA Second-Team All-American (2012)...This is the school’s 19th AVCA Second-Team All-America certificate.
Ali Frantti, Penn State, OH
Stats: 3.21 K/S, .313 hitting percentage, 1.31 D/S
First-time AVCA All-American.
Alexa Gray, BYU, OH
Stats: 3.63 K/S, .288 hitting percentage, 0.81 B/S
Two-time AVCA All-American (third team in 2013)…Alongside teammate Jen Hamson, become the 10th and 11th players in program history to earn AVCA All-American honors multiple times.
Savanah Leaf, Miami, OH
Stats: 4.65 K/S, .312 hitting percentage, 2.46 D/S, 0.77 B/S
First-time AVCA All-American…Third AVCA All-American in program history (Lane Carico in 2011 and 2012, Emani Sims in 2012).
Merete Lutz, Stanford, MB
Stats: 2.53 K/S, .445 hitting percentage, 1.21 B/S
First-time AVCA All-American…Stanford is tied for most AVCA All-Americans in this year’s class with Penn State and Texas (4).
Taylor Morey, Wisconsin, L
Stats: 5.12 D/S, .969 reception percentage
First-time AVCA All-American…Alongside teammate Courtney Thomas, become the 16th and 17th Wisconsin players to earn AVCA All-American honors.
Chaniel Nelson, North Carolina, RS
Stats: 2.93 K/S, .300 hitting percentage, 1.04 B/S
First-time AVCA All-American…She is the second UNC player ever to earn AVCA All-American honors (Laura Greene, 2002).
Courtney Thomas, Wisconsin, RS
Stats: 2.84 K/S, .338 hitting percentage, 2.19 D/S, 0.76 B/S
First-time AVCA All-American…Alongside teammate Taylor Morey, become the 16th and 17th Wisconsin players to earn AVCA All-American honors.
Nicole Walsh, Florida State, OH
Stats: 3.93 K/S, .267 hitting percentage, 2.50 D/S
First-time AVCA All-American. Fourth AVCA All-American in Seminoles history.
Aiyana Whitney, Penn State, RS
Stats: 2.95 K/S, .364 hitting percentage, 0.81 B/S
First-time AVCA All-American…Penn State is tied for most AVCA All-Americans in this year’s class with Stanford and Texas (4).
AVCA Third-Team All-America
Martenne Bettendorf, Oregon, RS
Stats: 3.52 K/S, .309 hitting percentage, 0.73 B/S
First-time AVCA All-American…Becomes eighth player in Ducks history to earn AVCA All-American accolades.
Kelli Browning, Creighton, MB
Stats: 3.15 K/S, .339 hitting percentage, 1.41 B/S
First-time AVCA All-American…First ever player in Creighton history to earn AVCA All-American honors.
Mackenzie Dagostino, Florida, S
Stats: 11.50 A/S, .319 team hitting percentage, 1.94 D/S
First-time AVCA All-American…Alongside teammates Alex Holston and Rhamat Alhassan become the 21st, 22nd and 23rd players to earn AVCA All-American accolades while a Florida Gator.
Deedra Foss, Colorado State, S
Stats: 11.65 K/S, .280 team hitting percentage, 1.99 D/S, 0.73 B/S
First-time AVCA All-American…12th player in Rams history to earn AVCA All-America honors.
Macey Gardner, Arizona State, OH
Stats: 4.34 K/S, 2.65 D/S, 4.89 Pts/S
First-time AVCA All-American...First Sun Devil to be named All-American since Amanda Burbridge in 2000 (Second-Team)…Gardner is the sixth overall.
Madi Kingdon, Arizona, OH
Stats: 5.33 K/S, 3.54 D/S,
First-time AVCA All-American…Eighth overall All-American in Wildcats history, with the most recent coming in 2005.
Mary-Kate Marshall, Oregon State, OH
Stats: 4.22 K/S, 2.39 D/S
First-time AVCA All-American…Second Beaver to earn AVCA All-American honors (Rachel Rourke, second team in 2009).
Molly McCage, Texas, MB
Stats: .334 hitting percentage, 1.38 B/S
First-time AVCA-American…Alongside teammate Khat Bell, mark the 26th and 27th Longhorns to earn AVCA All-American honors.
Kaleigh Nelson, Washington, RS
Stats: 2.42 K/S, .339 hitting percentage, 0.87 B/S
Two-time AVCA Third-Team All-American…11th player in Huskies history to earn multiple AVCA All-American honors.
Caitlin Nolan, Iowa State University, L
Stats: 5.74 D/S, .967 reception percentage
First-time AVCA All-American…The seventh player in Iowa State history to earn AVCA All-American honors.
Krystal Rivers, Alabama, RS
Stats: 4.19 K/S, .292 hitting percentage, 1.99 D/S, 0.71 B/S
First-time AVCA All-American…Alabama’s first ever AVCA All-American.
Kadie Rolfzen, Nebraska, OH
Stats: 3.55 K/S, .244 hitting percentage, 2.77 D/S, 0.64 B/S
Two-time AVCA Third-Team All-American…The 27th player in Huskers history to earn multiple AVCA All-American honors.
Lianna Sybeldon, Washington, MB
Stats: 1.76 K/S, .392 hitting percentage, 1.55 B/S
First-time AVCA All-American…The 19th different player to in UW history to earn AVCA All-American honors.
Paige Tapp, Minnesota, MB
Stats: 2.02 K/S, .354 hitting percentage, 1.55 B/S
First-time AVCA All-American…The 15th player in Minnesota history to earn AVCA All-American honors.