Division II All America Teams
LEXINGTON, Ky. (December 5, 2017) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce the 36th annual AVCA All-America teams for NCAA Division II women's volleyball.
Exactly 13 of the athletes honored on the AVCA All-America teams in 2017 have received the award multiple times. Headlining this year's selections are a trio of three-time All-Americans: California Baptist’s Lauren Hackett, Tarleton State’s Hailey Roberts, and Lewis’ Aly Schneider.
The 2017 All-America selections were made by the AVCA Division II All-America Committee: Flip Piontek, Central Missouri, chairperson; Laurie Lokash, Slippery Rock; Kristy Bayer, Arkansas Tech; John Titus, Caldwell; Wick Colchagoff, Findlay; Sam Cibrone, Saint Leo; Chuck Waddington, Angelo State; Heather Vahjen, Erskine; Chris Green, Alaska Anchorage.
2017 AVCA Division II First-Team All-America
|First Name||Last Name||School||Pos.||YR|
|Taylor||Bevis@||University of Central Oklahoma||OH||Jr.|
|Lexie||Bradley||University of North Alabama||OH||Sr.|
|Lauren||Hackett^$||California Baptist University||OH||Sr.|
|Marina||Hansen||Colorado School of Mines||S||Sr.|
|Sarah||Kelly||University of Minnesota Duluth||RS||Jr.|
|Nicole||Mattson||Florida Southern College||OH||Jr.|
|Elizabeth||Mohr||Concordia University, St. Paul||S||Jr.|
|Abby||Phelps||Western Washington University||OH||Jr.|
|Taylor||Reiss#||Southwest Minnesota State University||OH||Jr.|
|Hailey||Roberts#*||Tarleton State University||OH||Sr.|
|Madison||Witt||California Baptist University||RS||Gr.|
2017 AVCA Division II Second-Team All-America
|First Name||Last Name||School||Pos.||YR|
|Madi||Farrell#||Northwest Nazarene University||MB||Sr.|
|Haley||Kramer||Wheeling Jesuit University||MB||So.|
|Megan||Larson@||Southwest Minnesota State University||S||Sr.|
|Brooklyn||Lewis||Concordia University, St. Paul||RS||Jr.|
|Amanda||Milnick||Arkansas Tech University||S/RS||So.|
|Rachel||Neblett||University of West Florida||MB||Sr.|
|Ally||Rohn@||Palm Beach Atlantic University||S/OH||Jr.|
|Brianna||Sotello^||Angelo State University||OH||Sr.|
|Santaisha||Sturges||Metro State University of Denver||OH||Jr.|
|Anna||Tovo@||Florida Southern College||OH||Sr.|
2017 AVCA Division II Third-Team All-America
|First Name||Last Name||School||Pos.||YR|
|Jessica||Austin||University of North Alabama||MB||Sr.|
|Bethany||Besancenez||Florida Southern College||S||Jr.|
|Hailey||Busch||Northern State University||OH||RS-Jr.|
|Jordyn||Keamo||Tarleton State University||S/RS||Sr.|
|Sydney||Kralj||California Baptist University||S||Sr.|
|Lauren||Nicholson||Cal State San Bernardino||OH||Sr.|
|Autumn||Reese||University of Arkansas-Fort Smith||L||Jr.|
|Stephanie||Sylvester||Wheeling Jesuit University||S||So.|
|Tara||Ziegelbein@||University of Nebraska at Kearney||MB||Sr.|
# 2016 First-Team All-America Selection
^ 2016 Second-Team All-America Selection
@ 2016 Third-Team All-America Selection
* 2015 First-Team All-America Selection
% 2015 Second-Team All-America Selection
& 2015 Third-Team All-America Selection
? 2014 Second-Team All-America Selection
$ 2014 Third-Team All-America Selection
2017 AVCA Division II Freshman of the Year: Lexie Johnston, Arkansas Tech, MB
2017 TeamSnap/AVCA Division II Player of the Year: Announced at the NCAA Division II Banquet on Wednesday, December 6
2017 AVCA Division II Honorable Mention All-America
|First Name||Last Name||School||Pos.||YR|
|Bianca||Alvarez||Notre Dame de Namur University||OH||Sr.|
|Leah||Bisignani||Seton Hill University||MB||RS-So.|
|Kendra||Bodine||Northwest Nazarene University||OH||Sr.|
|Brett||Boesel||Western Washington University||S||Jr.|
|Brooke||Borchardt||Southwest Minnesota State University||MB||Sr.|
|Ayanna||Buckley||Ferris State University||MB||Sr.|
|Joelle||Buckner||Western Washington University||RS||Sr.|
|Kaylee||Burmeister||Southwest Minnesota State University||OH||Jr.|
|Allyson||Cappel||Ferris State University||OH||So.|
|Shelley||Chapron||Texas A&M University - Commerce||MB||So.|
|Kayla||Chosa||Northern Michigan University||MB||Sr.|
|Natalie||Cignetti||Indiana University of Pennsylvania||OH||Sr.|
|Anna||Demmer||University of Arkansas-Fort Smith||OH||So.|
|MacKenzie||Edwards||Colorado Mesa University||OH||Jr.|
|Marissa||Erminio||University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown||OH||RS-Sr.|
|Rachel||Flynn||Concordia University Irvine||OH||RS-Sr.|
|Taylor||Fosler||University of Tampa||MB||So.|
|Anna||Garrett||Saint Leo University||S||So.|
|Mallory||Grimsrud||Adams State University||MB||RS-Sr.|
|Taylor||Hamilton||University of Colorado-Colorado Springs||MB||Sr.|
|Mackenzie||Harrison||Fairmont State University||RS||Jr.|
|Kasey||Hohlen||University of Central Missouri||MB||Sr.|
|Kylie||Hohlen||University of Central Missouri||L||Jr.|
|Hailey||Jackson||Cal State San Bernardino||MB||Jr.|
|Leanna||Jadus||Southern Connecticut State University||OH||Jr.|
|Lexie||Johnston||Arkansas Tech University||MB||Fr.|
|Ashtyn||Kapovich||University of North Alabama||L||Sr.|
|Sarah||Kimmey||Palm Beach Atlantic University||MB||Sr.|
|McKenna||Larsen||Winona State University||S||Sr.|
|Tessa||May||Simon Fraser University||MB||Jr.|
|Kelsey||McIntire||Sonoma State University||MB||Sr.|
|Julianne||Miller||Azusa Pacific University||MB||So.|
|Allison||Olley||University of Minnesota Duluth||MB||Sr.|
|Hailee||Olson||The University of Findlay||S||Jr.|
|Devan||Orr||University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown||L||Sr.|
|Sophia||Proano||Colorado Christian University||RS||RS-Sr.|
|Danielle||Rampart||Winona State University||OH||Sr.|
|Mariya||Sampson||Concordia University, St. Paul||OH||Sr.|
|Courtney||Seda||Sonoma State University||S||Sr.|
|Monique||StCyr||University of West Florida||S||Sr.|
|Leah||Swiss||University of Alaska Anchorage||OH||Jr.|
|Deja||Thompson||California State University, East Bay||MB||Jr.|
|Abigail||Tiesman||Colorado School of Mines||MB||So.|
|Denvyr||Tyler-Palmer||Nova Southeastern University||OH||Jr.|
|Madison||Whitehead||Northern Michigan University||RS||Sr.|
|Amanda||Winner||The University of Findlay||OH||Jr.|
|McKenna||Witt||California Baptist University||OH||Gr.|
Division II First-Team All-America
Abby Becker, Lewis, S, RS-Jr.
Stats: 11.03 A/S, .255 Team Hitting %, 2.28 D/S, 0.53 B/S
Two-time AVCA All-American (2016: Third-Team)…Alongside teammate Aly Schneider, become the first AVCA First-Team All-Americans since Cathy Spender (1982).
Taylor Bevis, Central Oklahoma, OH, Jr.
Stats: 5.04 K/S, .218 Hitting %, 3.22 D/S
Second AVCA All-American award (2016: Third-Team)…Second two-time AVCA All-American in program history (Barbara Jackson, 2014-2015).
Lexie Bradley, North Alabama, OH, Sr.
Stats: 4.83 K/S, .274 Hitting %, 1.81 D/S, 0.42 B/S
Sixth different Lion to garner AVCA First-Team All-American accolades…Lauren Bellinger was the most recent (2006).
Lauren Hackett, California Baptist, OH, Sr.
Stats: 3.88 K/S, .271 Hitting %, 35 SA, 2.63 D/S, 0.61 B/S
Three-time AVCA All-American (2016: Second-Team, 2014: Third-Team…First three-time All-American in program history.
Marina Hansen, Colorado School of Mines, S, Sr.
Stats: 12.96 A/S, .272 Team Hitting %, 1.99 D/S, 0.40 B/S
Fifth different AVCA All-American in program history…Third AVCA First-Team Certificate.
Sarah Kelly, Minnesota-Duluth, RS, Jr.
Stats: 3.70 K/S, .417 Hitting %, 1.89 D/S, 0.73 B/S
Seventeenth different AVCA All-American in program history…Tied with Cal State San Bernardino for most all-time AVCA First-Team All-America Certificates (17).
Nikki Kennedy, Regis, MB, So.
Stats: 2.93 K/S, .363 Hitting %, 1.35 B/S
Twelfth different AVCA All-American for the Rangers…First All-American since Jessica Howe (2008)…First First-Teamer since 1998 (Melinda Almazan).
Nicole Mattson, Florida Southern, OH, Jr.
Stats: 4.11 K/S, .262 Hitting %, 3.01 D/S
Eighth different Moccasin to take home a First-Team honor…Of the eight, all but two (Mattson and Ali Skayhan) were honored between 1982-1994.
Elizabeth Mohr, Concordia-St. Paul, S, Jr.
Stats: 13.10 A/S, .286 Team Hitting %, 1.89 D/S
The Bears now have 26 AVCA First-Team All-American certificates…Good for second most all-time (Tampa: 30)…CSP has had at least one AVCA First-Team All-American in every year since 2004.
Abby Phelps, Western Washington, OH, Jr.
Stats: 4.31 K/S, .271 Hitting %, 4.81 D/S, 0.60 B/S
Seventh different AVCA All-American in program history…All seven have garnered at least one First-Team honor.
Taylor Reiss, Southwest Minnesota St., OH, Jr.
Stats: 5.13 K/S, .305 Hitting %, 3.08 D/S, 0.62 B/S
Second consecutive AVCA First-Team award…First player in program history to win multiple AVCA First-Team awards.
Hailey Roberts, Tarleton State, OH, Sr.
Stats: 4.65 K/S, .248 Hitting %, 31 SA, 3.03 D/S, 0.43 B/S
Three-time AVCA First-Team All-American (2016, 2015)…Twenty-first different player in AVCA history to be selected a First-Team recipient three times.
Aly Schneider, Lewis, MB, Sr.
Stats: 3.83 K/S, .354 Hitting %, 1.11 B/S
Third AVCA All-American award (2016: Second-Team, 2015: Third-Team)…Only Flyer to be a three-time AVCA All-American.
Madison Witt, California Baptist, RS, Gr.
Stats: 3.39 K/S, .336 Hitting %, 2.24 D/S, 0.92 B/S
Was an AVCA Collegiate Beach All-American while at the University of Arizona (2016).
Division II Second-Team All-Americans
Katie Bludau, Wingate, OH, Sr.
Stats: 4.23 K/S, .289 Hitting %, 1.30 D/S
Out of eight Wingate All-Americans, Bludau is the third to make it above the Third-Team.
Sara Davis, Flagler, MB, Sr.
Stats: 3.41 K/S, .406 Hitting %, 0.93 B/S
Two-time AVCA All-American (2016: Third-Team)…First player in program history to garner multiple honors.
Madi Farrell, Northwest Nazarene, MB, Sr.
Stats: 3.93 K/S, .414 Hitting %, 1.37 B/S
Back-to-back AVCA All-American awards (2016: First-Team)…Only All-American in program history.
Elizabeth Hyland, Lewis, OH, Jr.
Stats: 3.48 K/S, .227 Hitting %, 3.23 D/S, 0.55 B/S
Tenth AVCA All-American in Flyers history…Twenty-sixth program to have 10 different players honored.
Haley Kramer, Wheeling Jesuit, MB, So.
Stats: 3.41 K/S, .365 Hitting %, 0.89 B/S
Out of the program’s six All-Americans, Kramer is the third to make the Second-Team (Haley Kindall, 2016; Andrea Thobe, 2015).
Megan Larson, SW Minnesota State, S, Sr.
Stats: 12.40 A/S, .290 Team Hitting %, 2.60 D/S, 0.47 B/S
Two-time AVCA All-American (2016: Third-Team)…Joins teammate Taylor Reiss as the sixth and seventh Mustangs to garner multiple AVCA All-American honors.
Brooklyn Lewis, Concordia-St. Paul, RS, Jr.
Stats: 4.03 K/S, .340 Hitting %, 0.51 B/S
Alongside teammate Elizabeth Mohr, become the 23rd and 24th CSP All-Americans…Trail Central Missouri (27) and Tampa (33) for most all-time AVCA All-Americans.
Amanda Milnick, Arkansas Tech, S/RS, So.
Stats: 1.78 K/S, .326 Hitting %, 10.72 A/S, .287 Team Hitting %, 2.67 D/S, .0.52 B/S
First AVCA All-American in program history.
Rachel Neblett, West Florida, MB, Sr.
Stats: 3.47 K/S, .415 Hitting %, 54 SA, 1.01 D/S, 0.93 B/S
Sixth different AVCA All-American in program history…Every All-American has come since 2007.
Ally Rohn, Palm Beach Atlantic, S/OH, Jr.
Stats: 3.36 K/S, .269 Hitting %, 3.49 D/S, 4.38 A/S
Second AVCA All-American honor (2016: Third-Team)…Joins sister Faith as two of three Sailfish to garner multiple AVCA All-American awards.
Brianna Sotello, Angelo State, OH, Sr.
Stats: 4.06 K/S, .267 Hitting %, 2.99 D/S, 0.41 B/S
Two-time AVCA All-American (2016: Second-Team)…One of two players in program history to win multiple All-American honors (Mallory Blauser).
Santaisha Sturges, Metro State Denver, OH, Jr.
Stats: 4.06 K/S, .268 Hitting %, 3.47 D/S
Sixteenth different All-American in program history…Tied for eighth most all-time (North Dakota St., North Alabama).
Anna Tovo, Florida Southern, OH, Sr.
Stats: 3.81 K/S, .217 Hitting %, 3.29 D/S
Two-time AVCA All-American (2016: Third-Team)…Eighth different Moccasin to earn multiple honors.
Paige Vanderwall, Hilsdale, RS, Jr.
Stats: 3.06 K/S, .325 Hitting %, 32 SA, 2.58 D/S, 0.39 B/S
Sixth different AVCA All-American in program history…First since 2011 (Ashlee Crowder, Clara Leutheuser, Apryl Schmucker).
Division II Third-Team All-Americans
Jessica Austin, North Alabama, MB, Sr.
Stats: 3.76 L/S, .399 Hitting %, 0.69 B/S
Alongside teammate Lexie Bradley, become the 15th and 16th players in Lions history to be named an AVCA All-American.
Tahlyr Banks, Augustana, L, Sr.
Stats: 5.31 D/S
Eighth different AVCA All-American for the Vikings…One of two liberos in this year’s class.
Bethany Besancenez, Florida Southern, S, Jr.
Stats: 11.93 A/S, .270 Team Hitting %, 2.89 DS
Joins teammate Nicole Mattson as the 22nd and 23rd All-Americans in program history…Fourth most all-time.
Hailey Busch, Northern State, OH, RS-Jr.
Stats: 4.05 K/S, .271 Hitting %, 2.88 D/S, 042 B/S
Third AVCA All-American for the Wolves…All three have come since 2013 (2015: Drew Smith; 2013 + 2015: Kelsey Chambers).
Amanda Geiger, McKendree, RS, Sr.
Stats: 3.88 K/S, .229 Hitting %, 3.40 D/S, 0.69 B/S
Alongside teammate Arela Williams become the first AVCA All-Americans in program history.
Anna Holmquist, Wingate, MB, Jr.
Stats: Anna Holmquist, 2.85 K/S, .406 Hitting %, 0.99 B/S
With Katie Bludau, are the seventh and eighth different Bulldogs to garner AVCA All-American honors.
Jordyn Keamo, Tarleton State, S/RS, Sr.
Stats: 1.35 K/S, .261 Hitting %, 9.30 A/S, 2.66 D/S
Becomes the second AVCA All-American in program history…Fellow Texann Hailey Roberts had previously been the only All-American.
Sydney Kralj, California Baptist, S, Sr.
Stats: 11.39 A/S, .287 Team Hitting %, 2.65 D/S
Alongside fellow teammate Madison Witt, become the third and fourth different CBU All-Americans.
Lauren Nicholson, Cal State San Bernardino, OH, Sr.
Stats: 4.29 K/S, .269 Hitting %, 3.34 D/S, 039 B/S
Eighteenth different All-American in program history…The Coyotes’ 36 All-American certificates place them fourth all-time.
Autumn Reese, Arkansas-Fort Smith, L, Jr.
Stats: 7.31 D/S
Third All-American for the Lions (Emily Tripp, 2016; Michelle Walker, 2014).
Stephanie Sylvester, Wheeling Jesuit, S, So.
Stats: 12.28 A/S, .263 Team Hitting %, 2.67
With Haley Kramer are the fifth and sixth AVCA All-Americans for WJU.
Taja Valmyr, Flagler, OH, Sr.
Stats: 3.64 K/S, .196 Hitting %, 2.80 D/S, 0.38 B/S
Third AVCA All-American for Flagler…Prior to 2016, Olivia Snipes in 2011 (Third-Team) was the only All-American.
Arela Williams, McKendree, OH, Sr.
Stats: 4.42 K/S, .220 Hitting %, 2.67 D/S, 0.54 B/S
McKendree, Wingate, Flagler, Southwest Minnesota State, and Florida Southern are the only programs to land an All-American on both the Second and Third-Teams.
Tara Ziegelbein, Nebraska-Kearney, MB, Sr.
Stats: 3.16 K/S, .317 Hitting %, 1.00 D/S, 1.18 B/S
Two-time AVCA All-American (2016: Third-Team)…Fifth player to garner multiple AVCA All-American awards.