2012 AVCA Division II All-America Teams
Exactly 33 of the athletes honored on the AVCA All-America teams in 2012 are first-time recipients of the award. Headlining this year's selections are a pair of Concordia-St. Paul Golden Bears and a Tampa Spartan. Teammates Kayla Koenecke and Amanda Konetchy each are three-time AVCA All-Americans as well as Spartan Danielle Selkridge.
The 2012 All-America selections were made by the AVCA Division II All-America Committee: Shelton Collier, Wingate University, chairperson; Mario Andaya, Central Washington University; Laurie Lokash, Slippery Rock University; Debbie Hendricks, Metro State University; Gail Wasmus. NY Institute of Technology; Wick Colchagoff, Findlay University; Ashley Buckley, Augustana College; Steve Wilcosky, Nova Southeastern; Will Condon, Armstrong Atlantic State University.
2012 AVCA Division II First-Team All-America
Name School Pos. Year Ying Chun Chen^ BYU-Hawai'i S SO Shih Ting Chen BYU-Hawai'i OH SO Marlayna Geary Western Washington OH SR Cassie Haag* Concordia-St. Paul MB SR Lacy Hayes@ West Texas A&M S SR Maddie Huth Angelo State MB JR Kristina Kerrigan Indianapolis OH SR 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 Juliia Pakhomenko Northwood OH SO Danielle Selkridge#% Tampa MB SR Alex Woolsey Angelo State S SR
2012 AVCA Division II Second-Team All-America
|Erin Dougherty||West Texas A&M||MB||SR|
|Ellie Duffy||Concordia-St. Paul||OH||SR|
|Autumn Duyn||West Florida||OH||SO|
|Emilee Gutzmer||Southwest Minnesota St.||S||FR|
|Samantha Hutchinson||Western Washington||L||SO|
|Marquis Mora||Cal. State-LA||MB||SR|
|Mariela Quesada||Palm Beach Atlantic||OH||SR|
|Ali Skayhan||Florida Southern||S||JR|
|Erin Smith||Central Washington||MB||JR|
|Jackie Stabell@||Colorado School of Mines||OH||SR|
|Melanie Wannamaker||Colorado School of Mines||MB||JR|
2012 AVCA Division II Third-Team All-America
|Lauren Beville||West Texas A&M||L||SR|
|Shelbi Goode||Angelo State||MB/RS||JR|
|Krista Haslag||Missouri S&T||MH||FR|
|Krissi Kemper||Western Oregon||MB||JR|
|Kristen Preach||Grand Canyon||S||SR|
|Taylor Sturms||Colorado Christian||OH||FR|
# indicates 2011 AVCA First-Team All-America selection
^ indicates 2011 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection
@ indicates 2011 AVCA Third-Team All-America selection
* indicates 2010 AVCA First-Team All-America selection
% indicates 2010 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection
& indicates 2010 AVCA Third-Team All-America selection
$ indicates 2009 AVCA First-Team All-America selection
2012 AVCA Division II Freshman of the Year: Emilee Gutzmer, SW Minnesota State, S
2012 AVCA Division II Player of the Year: Danielle Selkridge, Tampa, MB
2012 AVCA Division II Honorable Mention All-America
|Becca Acevedo||Palm Beach Atlantic||S||SO|
|Brooke Burmeister||Southwest Minnesota St.||OH||SR|
|Keidy Candelaria||New Haven||OH||SR|
|Amber Cannady||New Haven||MB||JR|
|Gabby Fernandez||Florida Southern||OPP||SO|
|Mary Groth||Southwest Minnesota St.||MB||SR|
|Kristina Headrick||Christian Brothers||L||FR|
|Cori Hobbs||Wayne State (NE)||OH||JR|
|Megan Hodges||Rollins College||OH||JR|
|Michelle Hundt||St. Edward's||Lib||SR|
|Camille Indest||Rollins College||MB||JR|
|Viktorija Jablonska||Texas Woman's||RS||SR|
|Heidi Luks||Arkansas-Fort Smith||MB||SR|
|Bradye Peniston||Central Missouri||MB||SR|
|Jenna Pew||Wheeling Jesuit||MB||JR|
|Mackenzie Phelps||Grand Canyon||L||SO|
|Lauren Quijano||Metro State||RS||SO|
|Haley Shackelford||West Florida||OH||SR|
|Anne Sutton||Ferris State||MH||SR|
|Alissa Ware||Wheeling Jesuit||OH||SR|
|Gao Xuan||Lock Haven||OH||SR|
2012 AVCA Division II First-Team All-America
Ying Chun Chen, a 5-7 setter for BYU-Hawai'i, is a sophomore from Kaohsing, Taiwan. The Seasiders have one of the top offenses in the country thanks to Chen's play, helping them lead the country with a .344 hitting percentage. She currently is sixth nationally averaging nearly 12 assists per set. She is now a second-time AVCA All-American after making it onto the second team a year ago.
Shih Ting Chen, a 5-10 outside hitter/middle blocker for BYU-Hawai'i, is a sophomore from Yunlin, Taiwan. As part of the Seasiders offense, Chen leads the team and is 11th nationally in kills averaging 4.36 per set. The first-time AVCA All-American's .354 hitting percentage ranks her among the best in country as she led her squad to a No. 1 West Regional seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Marlayna Geary, a 5-10 outside hitter for Western Washington University, is a senior from Tacoma, Wash. She was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the year for her stellar season that saw her finish the season ranked nationally in kills with 4.16 kills per set. She led the league in double-doubles with 17, and ranks second in program history in kills with 1,328. Geary is now a first-time AVCA All-American.
Cassie Haag, a 6-0 middle blocker for Concordia-St. Paul, is a senior from Plymouth, Minn. Trying to help lead the Golden Bears to their unprecedented sixth straight national championship, Haag ranked third in the nation heading into the NCAA Tournament with a .409 hitting percentage. She also got it done defensively, leading her team in blocks with 76. This is Haag's second appearance on the AVCA All-American First-Team after making it in 2010.
Lacy Hayes, a 6-0 setter for West Texas A&M, is a senior from Cypress, Texas. The Clemson transfer has proven she is one of the top setters in the country averaging just over 12 assists per set, placing her fourth nationally. Hayes was also named to the Lone Star Conference All-Tournament Team after registering a double-double in all three matches en route to their 14th LSC Tournament Title. Hayes is now a two-time AVCA All-American after making it onto the third team a year ago.
Maddie Huth, a 5-10 middle blocker for Angelo State, is a junior from The Colony, Texas. Ranking nationally with a .349 hitting percentage, she was also a Lone Star Conference First-Team selection. Her 3.22 kills per set places her second on the team, only behind fellow All-American Shelbi Goode's 3.78 average. This is Huth's first time being named an AVCA All-American.
Kristina Kerrigan, a 5-11 outside hitter from the University of Indianapolis, is a senior from Muncie, Ind. The 2012 Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year ranks fourth in the nation with 4.61 kills per set and seventh with just under five points per set. After recording 20 double-doubles in the 2012 campaign, she became the first ever Greyhound to be named the Daktronics, Inc. DII Midwest Region Player of the Year. She won AVCA Honorable Mention All-American a year ago, but this marks her first First-Team appearance.
Kayla Koenecke, a 5-9 right side/setter for Concordia-St. Paul, is a junior from Delano, Minn. Her .398 hitting percentage currently ranks in the top-10 nationally to go along with her 3.43 kills per set, which is good for second on the team. Koeneck is one of three members of this year's class to be named an AVCA All-American for the third time.
Amanda Konetchy, a 5-7 setter for Concordia-St. Paul, is a junior from Victoria, Minn. Widely regarded as one of the top setters in the country, it should come as no surprise she is the Division III leader averaging 13.12 assists per set. She also notched 225 digs and 25 service aces in her memorable season. The Minnesota native is a third-time AVCA All-American.
Kate Lange, a 6-1 outside hitter for Minnesota-Duluth, is a junior from Hibbing, Minn. She racked up over 500 kills for the second straight season on her way to leading the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference with an average of 4.93 kills per set, which is also good for second in the nation. The NSIC Player of the Year also became just the 16th player in Bulldog history to reach 1,000 career kills. This marks Lange's second consecutive year making the AVCA All-American First Team.
Liz McGowan, a 5-8 libero for Nebraska-Kearney, is a sophomore from Grand Island, Neb. McGowan ranks nationally with just over five digs per set, leading the Lopers to a 30-win season and a No. 3 seed in the NCAA's Central Regional. She is a first-time AVCA All-American.
Juliia Pakhomenko, a 6-3 outside hitter for Northwood, is a sophomore from Donetsk, Ukraine. She was named the GLIAC Player of the Year after ranking second in the GLIAC in kills (4.17) and points (4.93) per set. Pakhomenko also ranks nationally with 55 service aces, good for 0.50 per set. The Ukraine native is a first-time AVCA All-American.
Danielle Selkridge, a 6-2 middle blocker for The University of Tampa, is a senior from Tortola, Virgin Islands. The Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year leads the nation in hitting percentage hitting at an astounding .503 clip entering the NCAA Tournament. The two-time Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week leads the Spartans with 368 kills, 27 solo blocks, 74 block assists, 101 total blocks and 433 total points. Selkridge is a three-time AVCA All-American after making the first team a year ago and the second team in 2010.
Alex Woolsey, a 5-10 setter for Angelo State, is a senior from Plano, Texas. She broke the ASU career record for assists this season, and for her outstanding season she was named the Lone Star Conference's Setter of the Year. Her over 12 assists per set also rank her nationally in the top-5. This marks her first appearance as an AVCA All-American.
2012 AVCA Division II Second-Team All-America
Lindsay Biggs, a 5-11 outside hitter for Eckerd, is a junior from Topeka, Kan. Biggs was the team leader in kills with 402 in the regular season. She has maintained a torrid pace in the career record books, notching her 1,000th kill on the road against Florida Tech earlier this season. Biggs also led the team in service aces with 34 and ranked second on the team by averaging 2.94 digs per set. She has racked up a season-high 22 kills in separate matches this year against Valdosta State University (Ga.) and Florida Tech. She was selected as an AVCA Third-Team All-American in 2011.
Erin Dougherty, a 6-11 middle blocker for West Texas A&M, is a senior from Omaha, Neb. Dougherty has become one of the most feared middle blockers not only in the South Central Region but also in all of Division II volleyball during her senior campaign for the Lady Buffs. She leads the team with 158 total blocks (24 solo, 134 assisted) for an average of 4.65 per set, which ranked the senior in the top 10 nationally in blocks per set. The senior has also registered 339 kills for an average of 2.94 per set to hit an impressive .354 on the season to go along with 65 digs and six service aces. Dougherty was named the Most Valuable Player of the Lone Star Conference Tournament as she led the Lady Buffs to their 14th overall and seventh straight LSC Tournament Title with a 17-kill performance in the title match. Dougherty was named the Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week twice this season. This is her first AVCA All-American award.
Ellie Duffy, a 5-8 outside hitter for Concordia-St. Paul, is a senior from Fridley, Minn. It was another highly successful season for the Concordia-St. Paul Golden Bears, and the aggressive play of Duffy provided balance to a consistently powerful offensive attack. Her 0.42 service aces per game led the Northern Sun Conference, and she finished third in total points scored in the entire league. She started in all 31 of her team's matches and helped lead them to a 27-4 record, including a 16-1 record at home. This is her first AVCA All-American recognition.
Autumn Duyn, a 5-9 outside hitter for West Florida, is a sophomore from Venice, Fla. The outside hitter leads UWF in digs per set (3.66) and finished the regular season second in kills per set (2.89) while ranking fourth and seventh in the GSC, respectively. The Gulf South Conference Player of the Year earned the honor as a leader on both offense and defense for the Argonauts. Duyn averaged 2.89 kills per set and 3.66 digs per set, which ranks second and first for UWF, respectively. This is her first AVCA All-American award.
Emilee Gutzmer, a 5-8 setter for Southwest Minnesota State, is a freshman from Jordan, Minn. Gutzmer was named to the AVCA All-Central Region team and was also honored as the AVCA Central-Region freshman of the year in her freshman campaign. In her impressive first collegiate season, Gutzmer finished the regular season ranked second in the NSIC and NCAA with 1,288 assists and 12.75 assists per set. Gutzmer has also added 249 digs, which ranked second on the team this season. Southwest Minnesota State finished the regular season with an overall record of 26-2, including 18-2 in the NSIC which was good for a three-way tie for the championship with Concordia-St. Paul and Minnesota Duluth. This is her first AVCA All-American recognition.
Lauren Hagemeyer, a 6-1 outside hitter for BYU-Hawai'i, is a senior from Ridgeway, Colo. She finished the regular season second on the team in kills with 3.36 and led the Seasiders in hitting percentage at .372 (good for 17th nationally). She has been PacWest Player of the Week once this season and has been on the PacWest Fantastic 15 six times. She was honored earlier this year by being named to the Capital One Academic All-District Team for District VIII of NCAA II, which is comprised of the schools in the Western part of the United States. This is her first AVCA All-American award.
Samantha Hutchinson, a 5-7 libero for Western Washington, is a sophomore from University Place, Wash. Hutchinson, the GNAC Defensive Player of the Year, ranks fifth nationally in digs (6.35). Hutchinson's defensive prowess proved invaluable to the success of Western Washington, as she kept her team in many games with a total of 565 digs on the year. With her help, WWU was able to clinch the GNAC Conference Championship outright and finish with a 23-3 overall record. This is her first AVCA All-American honor.
Marquis Mora, a 5-11 middle blocker for California State University, Los Angeles, is a senior from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Mora, who set a new single-season California Collegiate Athletic Association record for block assists and was named to the All-CCAA first team for a third straight year earlier this season, was named to the All-West Region Team by the AVCA for a second straight year. Mora posted the best numbers of her career this season, starting with the 149 block assists that set a new CCAA single-season record. She also led the Golden Eagles with career highs in kills with 348, total blocks with 164, aces with 56 and total points with 493.5. Her block totals were new single-season records for Cal State L.A., while her service aces tied for second overall, her total points tied for third and her hitting percentage was fourth. This is her first AVCA All-American award.
Mariela Queseda, a 5-9 outside hitter for Palm Beach Atlantic, is a senior from San Jose, Costa Rica. Blessed with a more balanced attack, PBA wasn't required to rely as heavily on Quesada for her attack skills this season with the emergence of young hitters. Instead, Quesada took on more of a leadership role of a team that finished the regular season with a 33-3 record. Her strong play paid off with some lofty statistics. Quesada led the NCAA South Region with an overall mark of 4.08 kills per set while totaling 482 kills in 34 matches on the season. She also proved valuable on defense and with her serve as evidenced by her 287 digs (2.43 digs per set) and 61 service aces. She ranked in the top-15 nationally in both kills per set and points per set. This is her first AVCA All-American award.
Jenna Rouzee, a 6-1 setter for Nebraska-Kearney, is a senior from Grand Island, Neb. Rouzee started in all 35 of her team's matches en route to a 33-2 season record. Rouzee helped pace her team with an average of 11.09 assists per set and a total of 1242 for the season. Her steady play helped secure a regular season MIAA Championship and a victory over 8th-ranked Central Missouri in the MIAA Conference Tournament finals. This is her first AVCA All-American honor.
Ali Skayhan, a 6-0 setter for Florida Southern, is a junior from Beaverton, Ore. Skayhan, who was named an Honorable Mention honoree last season, earned All-South Region honors after leading the Mocs in assists (1,175), service aces (48), digs (372), hitting percentage (.347) and double-doubles (24). On the season, Skayhan, who was named to the Lynn Invitational All-Tournament Team and earned SSC Offensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 24th, has recorded two triple-doubles and has had 23 double-digit dig matches and three double-digit kill matches. This is her first AVCA All-American award.
Erin Smith, a 5-10 middle blocker for Central Washington, is a junior from Selah, Wash. Smith is one of the nation's most efficient hitters, as well as one of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference's most effective net defenders. Smith has been a diligent worker over the past three seasons, and her perseverance has paid off. Her strong play helped return Central Washington to the playoffs. Smith was second in the GNAC in hitting percentage, and 23rd in the nation, with a .360 mark in the regular season. She also was one of four GNAC players with 100 total blocks, and her 0.94 per set put her sixth in the league. Despite fewer than 500 attempts, she had 239 kills to put her third on the team, and she's second in scoring with 296.5 points. This is her first AVCA All-American recognition.
Jackie Stabell, a 6-0 outside hitter for Colorado School of Mines, is a senior from Tomball, Texas. Stabell was pegged as an RMAC Preseason Player of the Year and ended as a First Team All-RMAC, the RMAC Academic Player of the Year and the RMAC Offensive Player of the Year this season. She has been named the RMAC Offensive Player of the Week on four occasions this season, in addition to earning AVCA National Player of the Week honors on November 5. She finished the regular season fourth in the RMAC with 397 kills and fourth with an average of 3.68 kills per set. She has recorded 10 or more kills in 25 of 31 matches this season, including 11 matches with 15 or more kills. This is her second-straight AVCA All-Region selection.
Melanie Wannamaker, a 6-1 middle blocker for Colorado School of Mines, is a junior from Kingwood, Texas. She earned Second Team All-RMAC honors after leading the RMAC and finishing the regular season 12th in the nation with a .388 attack percentage. She tied for eighth in the RMAC with 350 kills this season at an average of 3.30 kills per set - good for seventh in the RMAC. Also one of the best defensive players in the league, Wannamaker was ninth in the conference in blocks and blocks per set with marks of 94 and 0.89, respectively. She has recorded 10 or more kills in 19 matches, including eight matches with 15 or more. She was named both the RMAC Offensive Player of the Week and the RMAC Defensive Player of the Week this season. This is Wannamaker's first AVCA All-American award.
2012 AVCA Division II Third-Team All-America
Lauren Beville, a 5-5 libero for West Texas A&M, is a senior from Hereford, Texas. Over the course of her four years as a Lady Buff, Beville has established herself as one of the most prominent liberos the school has known. Ranking nationally in digs per set with 5.30 entering the NCAA Tournament, earlier this year she became the all-time career digs leader in program history. Beville is now a first-time AVCA All-American.
Meghan Binkerd, a 5-10 setter for Indianapolis, is a sophomore from Wabash, Ind. Ranking in the top-10 nationally with over 11.50 assists per set, Binkerd was a First-Team All-GLVC selection to help lead the Greyhounds to one of the top offenses in the country. With her quarterbacking the offense, Indianapolis led the conference in attack percentage, kills per set and assists per set. This is her first time as an AVCA All-American.
Meagan Burke, a 6-2 middle blocker for The University of Tampa, is a sophomore from Jacksonville, Fla. She currently ranks in the top-10 in hitting percentage, attacking at nearly a .400 clip. She helped lead the Spartans to its eighth consecutive season hosting the 2012 NCAA South Regional Tournament. Burke is a first-time AVCA All-American.
Shelbi Goode, a 6-2 middle blocker/opposite for Angelo State, is a junior from Georgetown, Texas. After transferring from the University of Alabama, Goode has wasted no time in becoming one of the elite Division II players in the game. She led the Belles with 416 kills in the regular season and a Lone Star Conference best 3.78 kills per set average. In her first year playing Division II volleyball, Goode earns AVCA All-American honors for the first time.
Holly Hafemeyer, a 6-3 middle blocker for Augustana College, is a junior from Fairbault, Minn. She led the Vikings in kills (362), hitting percentage (.312) and total blocks (92) in her 30 matches played. Hafemeyer was just the second player in program history to be named to the AVCA Central All-Region Team. The Minnesota native garners AVCA All-American awards for the first time.
Krista Haslag, a 6-1 middle hitter for Missouri S&T, is a freshman from Linn, Mo. In just her first year playing collegiate volleyball, she is already being revered as one of top middles in the sport. She ended the season leading the Great Lakes Valley Conference and ranking in the top-10 nationally in hitting percentage (.342). The freshman also had a banner year defensively, setting the single season school records in both assisted blocks (142) and total blocks (159). Haslag has a bright future ahead of her with this being her first AVCA All-American appearance.
Anna Hilton, a 6-0 opposite for Wingate, is a redshirt-junior from Hickory, N.C. The SAC Player of the Year ended the regular season ranked second in the conference with a .316 hitting percentage. She led her Bulldogs to a 20-match winning streak heading into the NCAA Southeast Regional tournament. Hilton is now a first-time AVCA All-American.
Krissi Kemper, a 5-10 middle blocker for Western Oregon, is a junior from Prineville, Ore. She entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 2 ranked player in the nation in hitting percentage at .425. Kemper garners All-American honors for the first time.
Ali McAlvany, a 6-0 outside hitter for Eckerd, is a sophomore from Roswell, Ga. She helped lead the Tritons back to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 4 seed in the South Region by averaging 3.48 kills per set and adding another 305 digs on the defensive end. McAlvany is now a first-time AVCA All-American.
Kristin Preach, a 5-10 setter for Grand Canyon, is a senior from Phoenix, Ariz. Ranking nationally in assists per set with 10.17 entering the NCAA Tournament, she is second in program history in career assists. She is second in the Pacific West Conference in hitting percentage (.368), third in assists (10.17) and 15th in service aces (.29). Preach takes home AVCA All-American honors for the first time.
Holly Reschke, a 6-0 outside hitter for The University of Tampa, is a junior from Naples, Fla. She ranks second on the team with 311 kills to go along with her 177 digs and 41 total blocks. Consistency has been the key for Reschke, tallying double digit kills in 17 matches in the 2012 regular season. The Florida native is an AVCA All-American for the first time.
Ashley Seal, a 5-9 setter for Amstrong Atlantic State, is a senior from Orlando, Fla. Seal ranked in the top-10 in the Peach Belt Conference in hitting percentage (.295) and assists per set (8.08) while leading the league and ranking third nationally in service aces per set (0.69). For her efforts, she was named the PBC Conference Player of the Year. In addition to Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District III honors, this is her first AVCA All-American appearance.
Kelsey Stratman, a 5-10 middle hitter for Rockhurst, is a freshman from Omaha, Neb. Co-Freshman of the Year in the GLVC, she averaged 2.56 kills per set while hitting at a .313 clip. Stratman was also efficient defensively, leading her team in total blocks with 167. This is her first AVCA All-American appearance.
Taylor Sturms, a 5-8 outside hitter for Colorado Christian, is a freshman from Lone Tree, Colo. She ranks nationally in kills per set with just under four, which alongside her 28 service aces 322 digs, earned her Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year honors. The Colorado native's AVCA South Central Region Freshman of the Year nod was the first CC athlete to earn that award. She is a first-time AVCA All-American.