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
 Abby  Becker@  Lewis University  S  RS-Jr.
 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.
 Nikki  Kennedy  Regis University  MB  So.
 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.
 Aly  Schneider^&  Lewis University  MB  Sr.
 Madison  Witt  California Baptist University  RS  Gr.

2017 AVCA Division II Second-Team All-America

First Name Last Name School Pos. YR
 Katie  Bludau  Wingate University  OH  Sr.
 Sara  Davis@  Flagler College  MB  Sr.
 Madi  Farrell#  Northwest Nazarene University  MB  Sr.
 Elizabeth  Hyland  Lewis University  OH  Jr.
 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.
 Paige  VanderWall  Hillsdale College  RS  Jr.

2017 AVCA Division II Third-Team All-America

First Name Last Name School Pos. YR
 Jessica  Austin  University of North Alabama  MB  Sr.
 Tahlyr  Banks  Augustana University  L  Sr.
 Bethany  Besancenez  Florida Southern College  S  Jr.
 Hailey  Busch  Northern State University  OH  RS-Jr.
 Amanda  Geiger  McKendree University  RS  Sr.
 Anna  Holmquist  Wingate University  MB  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.
 Taja  Valmyr  Flagler College  OH  Sr.
 Arela  Williams  McKendree University  OH  Sr.
 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.
 Allison  Fowler  NYIT  S  Sr.
 Anna  Garrett  Saint Leo University  S  So.
 Mallory  Grimsrud  Adams State University  MB  RS-Sr.
 Taylor  Hamilton  University of Colorado-Colorado Springs  MB  Sr.
 Zoe  Hardin  Harding University  MB  Jr.
 Mackenzie  Harrison  Fairmont State University  RS  Jr.
 Kasey  Hohlen  University of Central Missouri  MB  Sr.
 Kylie  Hohlen  University of Central Missouri  L  Jr.
 Margaret  Horihan  Bellarmine University  OH  Sr.
 Kristen  Hornung  Regis University  MB  Jr.
 Hailey  Jackson  Cal State San Bernardino  MB  Jr.
 Leanna  Jadus  Southern Connecticut State University  OH  Jr.
 Katrina  Janssen  Caldwell University  RS  Sr.
 Lexie  Johnston  Arkansas Tech University  MB  Fr.
 Ashtyn  Kapovich  University of North Alabama  L  Sr.
 Sarah  Kimmey  Palm Beach Atlantic University  MB  Sr.
 Jordy  Kuchenbrod  Bellarmine University  L  Jr.
 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.
 Karolina  Moderova  NYIT  OH  Sr.
 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.
 Kaitlyn  Sibson  Eckerd College  L  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.
 Kara  Vyletel  Hillsdale College  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.