AVCA Division III Regional Awards

 

All-Region Teams | Region Coaches of the Year | All Region Voting Results

 

2014 AVCA Division III All-Region Teams

 

Central Region

 

First Name

Last Name

School

Position

Year

Caroline

Dupont**

Washington University in St. Louis

MB

So.

Kelly

Foley****

St. Thomas (MN)

MB

Sr.

Jill

Greenfield**

St. Thomas (MN)

OH

Sr.

Mackenzie

Harbaugh

Coe

S

Jr.

Kalehua

Katagiri

Washington University in St. Louis

L

So.

Taya

Kockelman***

St. Benedict (MN)

S

Sr.

Courtney

Lemke

Augsburg

S

So.

Jackie

Nelligan**

Washington University in St. Louis

MB

Jr.

Colleen

Ourada**

Augsburg

OH

Sr.

Ashley

Peper**

Augsburg

RS

Jr.

Lexi

Rinde**

St. Benedict (MN)

RS

Sr.

Rachel

Schaefer

Coe

OH

Sr.

Alyssa

Stanek

Nebraska Wesleyan

MB

Sr.

Bailey

Wilson**

Wartburg

MB

Sr.


Honorable Mention

 

First Name

Last Name

School

Position

Year

Maddie

Bardole

Buena Vista

OH

So.

Camille

Benson

Carleton

L

Jr.

Lindsey

Peterson

Northwestern (MN)

OH

Fr.

Tess

Rountree

Principia

OH

Sr.

Jade

Schaap

Buena Vista

OH

Fr.

Allison

Zastrow

Washington University in St. Louis

RS

Jr.


Region Freshman of the Year: Jade Schaap, Buena Vista, OH

 

 

Great Lakes Region

 

First Name

Last Name

School

Position

Year

Lindsay

Brewer

Hiram

OH

Jr.

Emily

Crowe**

Calvin

MH

Sr.

Laura

Danhoff

Calvin

MH

So.

Jenna

Grasmeyer****

Hope

OH

Sr.

Lauren

Hazekamp**

Hope

S

Jr.

Emily

Kahlig

Wittenberg

MH

So.

Maggie

Kamp**

Calvin

OH

Jr.

Jenna

Lodewyk

Calvin

S

Fr.

Lauren

Mastroine

Mount Union

L

Sr.

Sarah

Parker

Heidelberg

MB

So.

Faith

Rolwes

DePauw

S

Jr.

Kara

Seidenstricker***

Wittenberg

OH

Jr.

Nicole

Snyder***

Mount Union

OH

Sr.

Amy

VanderStoep**

Hope

OH

Sr.

 

Honorable Mention

 

First Name

Last Name

School

Position

Year

Elise

Biesboer

Calvin

L

Sr.

Anna

Lynch

Hope

OH

Sr.

Emily

Marguerite

Denison

L

Sr.

Keely

McGrath

DePauw

L

Jr.

Meghan

Vodopich

Wittenberg

S

Sr.

Elisabeth

Wilson

DePauw

MB

So.


Region Freshman of the Year: Jenna Lodewyk, Calvin, S

 

 

Mid-Atlantic Region

 

First Name

Last Name

School

Position

Year

Julie

Blessing

DeSales

OH

Sr.

Kelsey

D'Imperio

Neumann

MB

Sr.

Rylie

Haas**

Eastern

L

So.

Megan

Milller

Stevenson

MB

Sr.

Kacey

Musselman

Lebanon Valley

S

Sr.

Samantha

Perillo***

Stevenson

L

Sr.

Katrina

Pisch***

Eastern

MB

Sr.

Rikki

Schlager**

Eastern

S

Jr.

Annika

Schwartz

Stevenson

OH

Fr.

Lauren

Sproles

Eastern

OH

Sr.

Jane

Underman

Messiah

OH

So.

Lisa

Wallitsch

DeSales

S

So.

Greta

Weidemoyer

Lebanon Valley

OH

So.

Hannah

Zuchowski

Keystone

OH

So.

 

Honorable Mention

 

First Name

Last Name

School

Position

Year

Catherine

Burger

Lycoming

S

Fr.

Taylor

McMillen

Pitt-Bradford

RS

Sr.

Bethany

Richardson

Lycoming

MB

Jr.

Amanda

Wallitsch

DeSales

L

Sr.

Logan

Wieziolowski

DeSales

MB

Fr.

Kat

Wolf

Neumann

S

So.


Region Freshman of the Year:  Annika Schwartz, Stevenson, OH

 

 

Midwest Region

 

First Name

Last Name

School

Position

Year

Emma

Brunkhorst**

Wisconsin-Stevens Point

MB

Jr.

Karen

Chin

Carthage

S

Jr.

Taylor

Dicus

Cornell (IA)

MB

Sr.

Ariel

Feiertag**

Wisconsin-Whitewater

RS

Sr.

Alexis

Hartman***

Wisconsin-Stevens Point

S

Sr.

Emily

Heuermann

Carthage

OH

Jr.

Audrey

Krajec***

Millikin

OH

Sr.

Maren

Loe

Chicago

OH

Jr.

Katelyn

Malcheski

Wisconsin-Osh Kosh

OH

Jr.

Melissa

Nava

Elmhurst

MB

Jr.

Kelsey

Nobilio**

Wisconsin-Whitewater

L

Sr.

Kristen

Ruchti

Wisconsin-Whitewater

MB

Sr.

Sam

Szarmach**

Elmhurst

OH

Sr.

Kylea

Weber**

Cornell (IA)

L

Sr.

 

Honorable Mention

 

First Name

Last Name

School

Position

Year

Jade

Becker

Millikin

MB

Sr.

Kimberly

Frei

Wisconsin-Whitewater

S

Sr.

Hannah

Nimrick

Elmhurst

S

So.

Jackie

Pavilonis

Elmhurst

MB

Sr.

Lauren

Pfeifer

Wisconsin-Whitewater

OH

So.

Christina

Wilson

Dominican

S

Jr.

 

 Region Freshman of the Year: Ashley Jehlicka, Concordia (WI), S

 

 

New England Region

 

First Name

Last Name

School

Position

Year

Jenny

Astrachan

MIT

OH

Sr.

Kristen

Boyer

Roger Williams

OH

So.

Sydney

Carfagno****

Wellesley

OH

Sr.

Alli

Davanzo

MIT

MB

Fr.

Ashley

Dumont

United States Coast Guard

MB

Jr.

Elizabeth

Flaherty**

Roger Williams

OH

Jr.

Nicole

Gagnier

MIT

S

Sr.

Megan

Gebhard

MIT

OH

So.

Michelle

Hernandez

United States Coast Guard

S

Fr.

Lauren

Holt**

Springfield

MB

So.

Grace

Kucharski**

Western New England

L

Sr.

Kelsey

McGayhey**

Springfield

RS

Jr.

Brittany

McMullen

Roger Williams

MB

So.

Deirdre

Wilson

Wheaton (MA)

OH

Jr.

 

Honorable Mention

 

First Name

Last Name

School

Position

Year

Kasey

Cameron

Western New England

OH

Sr.

Alyssa

Jasper

Worcester State

OH

Sr.

Olivia

Lathrop

Western New England

MB

Jr.

Caitlin

Laughlin

Wellesley

MB

Sr.

Erika

Trudon

Endicott

L

So.

Tori

Wuthrich

MIT

L

So.

 

Region Freshman of the Year: Alli Davanzo, MIT, MB

 

 

New York Region

 

First Name

Last Name

School

Position

Year

Aishvina

Arasu**

Clarkson

OH

Jr.

Maria

Allocco***

Nazareth

MB

Sr.

Lexi

Brown

St. Lawrence

OH

Jr.

Shannon

Clark

Richard Stockton (NJ)

S

Jr.

Cristina

Deschaine

St. Lawrence

MB

Jr.

MaTia

Hughes

New York University

L

So.

Larysa

Iwaskiw

Ramapo

OH

Fr.

Victoria

Kirkemo

Clarkson

OH

Jr.

Katherine

Moeller

Union (NY)

L

So.

Macy

Schwartz

Richard Stockton (NJ)

MB

Jr.

Kirstie

Shurie

Clarkson

S

Jr.

Sarah

Szybist**

RIT

OH

So.

Adrienne

Walker

Clarkson

MB

Sr.

Madi

Wickens

Nazareth

S

So.

 

Honorable Mention

 

First Name

Last Name

School

Position

Year

Kassandra

Buseck

Nazareth

RS

Sr.

Kassandra

Hernandez

Kean

OH

So.

Morgan

Mende

Rowan

MB

Jr.

Helen

Putriment

Sage Colleges

OH

Sr.

Lindsay

Schuele

Richard Stockton (NJ)

RS

So.

Idi

Uffen

Richard Stockton (NJ)

MB

So.

 

Region Freshman of the Year: Larysa Iwaskiw, Ramapo, OH

 

 

North Region

 

First Name

Last Name

School

Position

Year

Katherine

Boll

Muhlenberg

MB

Jr.

Kelsey

Castiglioni

Thomas More

L

Sr.

Rachel

Conway

Christopher Newport

S

Jr.

Julia

Crilly

Scranton

OH

Sr.

Ellie

Ezekiel

Franklin & Marshall

OH

So.

Eliza

Fisher

Christopher Newport

RS

Fr.

Nakita

Gearhart**

Juniata

MB

So.

Amelia

Kepler**

Juniata

OH

Sr.

Hannah

Miller

Christopher Newport

MB

So.

Meg

O'Day

Haverford

MB

Jr.

Kelly

Reynolds**

Juniata

S

So.

Sarah

Wallace

Swarthmore

OH

Fr.

Katie

Stouffer

Salisbury

OH

So.

Briana

Sutton

Christopher Newport

OH

So.

 

 

Honorable Mention

 

First Name

Last Name

School

Position

Year

Jenna

Fessler

Thomas More

S

Fr.

Heather

Holton

Carnegie Mellon

OH

Fr.

Caroline

Hubbard

Franklin & Marshall

S

Sr.

Maddie

McCann

Christopher Newport

OH

So.

Dakota

McKenzie

Bethany (WV)

OH

So.

Megan

Moroney

Juniata

MB

Fr.

 

Region Freshman of the Year: Sarah Wallace, Swarthmore, OH

 

 

Northeast Region 

 

First Name

Last Name

School

Position

Year

Becca

Borquist**

SUNY New Paltz

OH

Jr.

Jessica

DiChristopher

SUNY Fredonia

MB

Jr

Ryan

Farley**

Williams

S

Jr.

Kali

Frowick

Gallaudet

OH

Sr.

Kate

Giddens

Trinity (CT)

MB

Jr.

Elizabeth

Glavan

UMass Boston

L

So.

Katy

Herbst

SUNY New Paltz

L

Sr.

Hayley

Hopper

Tufts

OH

Sr.

Tori

Jasuta**

Williams

OH

So.

Christy

Jewett**

Bowdoin

OH

Jr.

Isabel

Kuhel

Tufts

MB

Sr.

Quincy

Leech

Bowdoin

S

So.

Julia

Murphy

UMass Boston

MB

So.

Laura

Smolinski

Colby-Sawyer

S

Jr.

 

Honorable Mention

 

First Name

Last Name

School

Position

Year

Anna

Brown

Hamilton

L

Sr.

Katie

Doherty

Bowdoin

L

So.

Mary

Kelly

SUNY Cortland

MB

Sr.

Raea

Rasmussen

Williams

MB

Sr.

Erika

Sklaver

Bowdoin

MB

So.

Maddie

Zwickl

SUNY New Paltz

S

Fr.

 

Region Freshman of the Year: Maddie Zwickl, SUNY New Paltz, S

 

 

South Region

 

First Name

Last Name

School

Position

Year

Nicole

Barringer

Averett

S

Sr.

Kate

Bowman**

Emory

L

Sr.

Beth

Cecil

Centre

OH

Jr.

Jessica

Holler**

Emory

MB

So.

Leah

Jacobs

Emory

OH

Sr.

Karlie

Long

Meredith

OH

So.

Courtney

Lowers

Randolph-Macon

OH

Jr.

Sarah

Maher

Emory

RS

So.

Sydney

Miles***

Emory

S

Jr.

Katie

O'Rourke

Berry

MB

Jr.

Mary Caroline

Rogers

Hendrix

OH

So.

Mackenzie

Shand

Washington & Lee

OH

So.

Hannah

Shields

Averett

OH

Fr.

Jordan

Templin

Randolph

OH

Sr.

 

Honorable Mention

 

First Name

Last Name

School

Position

Year

Lynsie

Byrd

Birmingham Southern

OH

So.

Tiffany

Barrett

Virginia Wesleyan

OH

So.

Megann

Grimes

Bridgewater (VA)

MB

Sr.

Katie

McCormack

Birmingham Southern

S

Jr.

Caroline

McKey

Millsaps

OH

Sr.

Lauren

Petrisin

Hendrix

RS

Fr.


Region Freshman of the Year: Hannah Shields, Averett, OH

 

 

West Region

 

First Name

Last Name

School

Position

Year

Audrey

Breitwieser

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

RS

Jr.

Megan

Coleman**

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

L

Sr.

Erin

Cusenbary**

Trinity (TX)

MB

Sr.

Maddye

Dinsmore

Whitworth

S

Jr.

Allie

Eason**

California Lutheran

OH

Jr.

Erika

Edrington

Trinity (TX)

S

So.

Maggie

Emodi***

Trinity (TX)

OH

Sr.

Allie

Frappier**

Pomona Pitzer

OH

Sr.

Abbe

Holtze**

Colorado College

OH

So.

Michelle

Lawrence

California Lutheran

OH

So.

Sarah

Pappas

California Lutheran

MB

So.

Kelsi

Robinson

La Verne

MB

So.

Abby

Voskuil

Mary Hardin-Baylor

OH

So.

Brittany

Yaxley

La Verne

OH

Jr.

 

Honorable Mention

 

First Name

Last Name

School

Position

Year

Amber

Aguiar

Pacific Lutheran

L

Sr.

Lucy

Capron

Pacific Lutheran

OH

Jr.

Adaeze

Elonu

East Texas Baptist

MB

Sr.

Layne

Hubbard

Trinity (TX)

OH

Sr.

Samantha

North

Pacific Lutheran

S

Sr.

Keli

Sherwood

Colorado College

MB

So.

 

Region Freshman of the Year: Mariah Rigg, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, MB

 


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

 

 

2014 AVCA Division III Region Coaches of the Year

 

The following coaches have been selected by their regions as AVCA Region Coaches of the Year. Each of the honorees will represent his/her region on the AVCA National Coach of the Year ballot. The awards will be officially presented at the Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in Oklahoma City, OK on Thursday, Dec. 18, at the 2014 American Volleyball Coaches Association Annual Convention.

 

AVCA Division III Central Region Coach of the Year
Jane Becker, Augsburg College
2014 Record:
23-5, 9-2 MIAC
Now in her fifth season as Augsburg's head coach, Becker has demonstrated the ability to not only lead a team to success, but to establish continuity and consistency within the program as a whole.  This season marks the fourth time that her squads have recorded at least 16 victories, and this year the Auggies reached the MIAC post-season playoffs for the third time in school history. This season, she was once again named the 2014 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Volleyball Coach of the Year by her peers (she was also recognized in 2013), as well as leading four of her own players to MIAC honors. In her eight years as a head coach, Becker has compiled a record of 182-95. This is her second AVCA Central Region Coach of the Year award. 

 

AVCA Division III Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year
Amber Warners, Calvin College
2014 Record:
27-3, 15-1 MIAA
In her 13th season at the helm of the Calvin Knights volleyball program, Warners has led her team to a 15-1 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Conference record and racked up 27 total wins heading into post-season play. As a head coach, Warners has recorded 411 wins to just 75 losses. Her winning percentage sits at second all-time among active DIII coaches. At one point during the 2014 season, Calvin notched 14 consecutive victories. The Knights also dominated in home matches this season as they won all 10 home contests. Warners was named as the AVCA DIII National Coach of the Year in both 2010 and 2012. This is her fifth AVCA DIII All-Region Coach of the Year award (2006, 2008, 2011, 2012).

 

AVCA Division III Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year
Mark Birtwistle, Eastern University
2014 Record:
  29-5, 7-0 Freedom Conference
Over the course of his career since 1990, Birtwistle has established himself as one of the top coaches in NCAA Division III Volleyball. Entering this year's NCAA Tournament, he has 624 victories under his belt and now 16 conference championships, with the last seven coming consecutively. In 2014, they have been ranked in every AVCA Coaches Poll with a current ranking of 13th, and once ranking as high as 11th earlier in the season. They will enter the NCAA Tournament riding a 14-match winning streak. This marks the fourth time Birtwistle takes home AVCA Division III Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year, having also won it in 2002, 2005 and 2010.

 

AVCA Division III Midwest Region Coach of the Year
Leanne Ulmer, Carthage College
2014 Record:
35-3, 7-0 CCIW
With just three losses on the season, the Lady Red has certainly grown accustomed to winning. They used those winning ways to persevere in back-to-back five-set matches and win the CCIW Conference Tournament. Their outstanding season earned them a top seed and a regional host in the NCAA Tournament, which begins today. This year's NCAA Tournament appearance marks the ninth overall, but first since 2011. Ulmer, in her 13th year as head coach, is the program leader with 400 career victories while also serving as Carthage's Senior Woman Administrator for the past 11 years. This honor marks Ulmer's third after winning in 2006 and 2007.

 

AVCA Division III New England Region Coach of the Year
Paul Dill, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2014 Record:
27-5, 9-1 NEWMAC
Through his last 19 seasons at the helm of the Engineers volleyball team, Dill has established his school as a regional powerhouse, as evidence by his 482 career wins. Offensively, NEWMAC opponents had trouble stopping them. MIT led the league in hitting percentage (.249), assists per set (12.02) and kills per set (13.05). Individually, a handful of Engineers lead the conference in different categories: Meghan Gebhard (4.09 kills per set), Jennie Glerum (0.57 service aces per set) and Nicole Gagnier (10.58 aces per set). Dill led his squad to the women's team's 16th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, where they will play Rivier on Friday at Williams College. Dill is now a three-time AVCA New England Region Coach of the Year after winning it in both 2006 and 2007.

 

AVCA Division III New York Region Coach of the Year
Johan Dulfer, Clarkson University
2014 Record:
34-3, 12-0 Liberty League
The Golden Knights won their third consecutive Liberty League Tournament Championship, and more impressively, won their 30th consecutive conference match this past weekend. Currently ranking 15th in the AVCA Coaches Poll, Clarkson has gone 30-1 in their last 31 matches, not having picked up a loss in over two months. In that time span, 23 of those victories have come as sweeps. Additionally, they only dropped one set in conference play this season, which was to Union College on October 4th. Clarkson finished the regular year leading the Liberty League in hitting percentage (.266), opponent hitting percentage (.116), assists per set (12.15), kills per set (13.15) and serve aces pet set (2.75). Dulfer has now won two consecutive AVCA Division III New York Region Coach of the Year honors.

 

AVCA Division III North Region Coach of the Year
Lindsay Birch, Christopher Newport University
2014 Record:
31-3, 9-0 CAC
First as a player, then as a coach, Birch has built Christopher Newport into an annual contender. After going undefeated in regular season conference play, the Captains have recorded 137 consecutive conference regular season victories. Following that, Birch led the Christopher Newport Captains to their second consecutive Capital Athletic Conference Championship, and Birch was recognized as the CAC Coach of the Year for the second straight year. She is the first coach to earn the honor in back-to-back seasons in over a decade. Along with winning the tournament championship, she helped guide CNU to the regular season title after compiling a pristine 9-0 mark in league play. Out-of-conference, Christopher Newport also won tournament titles at the Captains Classic, UMW Invitational, and Juniata / ASICS Invitational during the regular season. This is her second AVCA Region Coach of the Year award.

 

AVCA Division III Northeast Region Coach of the Year
Matt Giufre, SUNY New Paltz
2014 Record:
31-5, 9-0 SUNYAC
Matt Giufre has notched a record of 31-5 in his 14th season at the helm of the State University of New York at New Paltz women's volleyball program. Under his stewardship, the Hawks have cemented themselves as one of the top teams in the region and have become perennial contenders in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC). The Hawks defended their home court, going 8-0, while also posting a record of 17-2 in neutral site matches. Giufre picked up his fifth overall SUNYAC Coach of the Year honor and his second straight, as he previously earned the award in 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2013. He has won more contests than any other coach in any other sport in the history of SUNY New Paltz. 2014 marked the 11th straight year in which Giufre's teams have finished with 26 wins or more, and for the second time in program history, New Paltz went unbeaten in conference play after going 9-0 in SUNYAC matches in 2014. He has guided the Hawks to two conference titles (2009 and 2014) and five NCAA Division III Tournament appearances (2008, 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014). This is his first AVCA Region Coach of the Year award.

 

AVCA Division III South Region Coach of the Year
Jenny McDowell, Emory University
2014 Record:
34-3, 6-1 UAA
Since taking over the program in 1996, few coaches have been more successful than Jenny McDowell. Her career wins for the Eagles stands at 613 after an impressive 2014 campaign that saw them record 34 wins and a winning percentage of .919. Emory earned a bid into the NCAA Tournament for the 20th consecutive season after winning the University Athletic Association Championship, and enter the St. Louis Regional as the No. 1 seed. They finished the regular season ranked first in the UAA in hitting percentage (.263), kills per set (13.51) and blocks per set (2.11). The Eagles have stayed in the top-5 of the AVCA Coaches Poll for the majority of the season, currently placing fifth while being ranked as high as second. McDowell is now a six-time AVCA Region Coach of the Year winner (2004, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2012).

 

AVCA Division III West Region Coach of the Year
Kellee Roesel, California Lutheran University
2014 Record:
28-2, 15-1 SCIAC
After coming within a set of winning the 2013 NCAA Championship, the Regals look to put themselves in the same position this year amidst an incredible 2014 campaign. Their only two losses on the season have come to No. 5 Emory and No. 17 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, and enter the NCAA Tournament with just one loss in their last 24 matches. As a reward for their strong season, Cal Lutheran was selected as an NCAA regional host. Roesel is the all-time winningest coach in program history in just her ninth season at the helm. They are currently ranked third in the AVCA Coaches Poll, and have been ranked as high as second in five separate weeks. Roesel is now a three-time AVCA Region Coach of the Year after winning in 2010 and 2012.

 

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