2009 AVCA Division II All-America Teams

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2009 AVCA Division II All-America Teams
 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (November 30, 2009) -  The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce the 29th annual AVCA All-America teams for NCAA Division II women's volleyball.

 

Many new faces dot the AVCA All-America teams in 2009, with 32 athletes being honored for the first time. Headlining this year's selections is Concordia University-St. Paul senior setter Maggie McNamara, who earns her third-straight First-Team mention, and fourth overall All-America nod.  Joining McNamara are three-time All-America recipients Pamela Cartagena (Pittsburgh State University), Sara Hoffman (California State University, San Bernardino) and Renata da Silva (California University of Pennsylvania).

 

The 2009 All-America selections were made by the AVCA Division II All-America Committee: Laurie Lokash, Slippery Rock University, chairperson; Mario Andaya, Central Washington University; Christy Benner, Wheeling Jesuit University; Todd Caughlin, St. Mary's University;  Shelton Collier, Wingate University; Debbie Hendricks, Metropolitan State College of Denver; Stephanie Radecki, University of North Alabama; Deanne Scanlon, Grand Valley State University and Gail Wasmus, New York Institute of Technology.

     

2009 AVCA Division II First-Team All-America

 

Player

Institution

Pos.

Yr.

Ht.

Hometown

Pamela Cartagena ^&

Pittsburg State University

OH

Sr.

5-7

Bayamon, Puerto Rico

Jane Chafeh

California State Univ., San Bernardino

OH

Jr.

5-11

Fontana, California

Elaine Chen

University of California, San Diego

S

Sr.

5-7

Walnut, California

Sara Hoffman @*

California State Univ., San Bernardino

S

Sr.

5-6

San Clemente, California

Maggie McNamara !$*

Concordia University-St. Paul

S

Sr.

5-9

Zumbrota, Minnesota

Cheneta Morrison

University of Indianapolis

S

Jr.

5-8

Fort Wayne, Indiana

Alyssa Nelson

University of Minnesota-Duluth

MB

Jr.

5-11

Hayfield, Minnesota

Emily Palkert *

Concordia University-St. Paul

MB

Jr.

5-11

Excelsior, Minnesota

Laura Prinsen *

West Texas A&M University

RS/Opp.

Sr.

5-9

Spring, Texas

Sylvia Schmidt

University of California, San Diego

OH

Sr.

5-11

Cupertino, California

Nikki Scott

University of Nebraska Kearney

MB

Sr.

6-2

Broken Bow, Nebraska

Meghan Sherman

University of Tampa

S

Jr.

5-10

Ponte Verda, Florida

Mary Slinger %

Concordia University-St. Paul

DS/Lib.

Jr.

5-8

Faribault, Minnesota

 Melissa Vanderhall *

University of Tampa

OH

Jr.

5-9

Hempstead, New York

 

2009 AVCA Division II Second-Team All-America

 

Player

Institution

Pos.

Yr.

Ht.

Hometown

Emily Calderon-Reyes

Saint Leo University

OH

Jr.

5-8

Caguas, Puerto Rico

Megan Carlson

Concordia University-St. Paul

OH

So.

5-9

Andover, Minnesota

Kaleigh Cunningham

University of Tampa

OH

Jr.

5-10

Winter Park, Florida

Melissa Harper

West Texas A&M University

MB

Sr.

6-0

Peoria, Arizona

Jennifer Hefner

Wayne State College (Neb.)

MB

Jr.

6-1

Archer, Nebraska

Sadie Kessler

Concordia University-St. Paul

RS/Opp.

Sr.

5-9

St. Michael, Minnesota

Kaitlin McKenna

Saint Leo University

MB

Jr.

6-0

Farmington Hills, Michigan

Samantha Middleborn

California State Univ., San Bernardino

MB

So.

6-1

Rialto, California

Caitlin Pankratz

University of Central Missouri

S

Sr.

5-7

Buhler, Kansas

Katie Rickwartz

West Texas A&M University

S

Sr.

5-9

Canyon, Texas

Stephanie Sagat

Lewis University

OH

Sr.

5-9

Darien, Illinois

Arica Shepard &

Emporia State University

OH

Sr.

5-9

Rossville, Kansas

Makenzie Snyder

California State University, Chico

OH

Sr.

5-9

Placerville, California

Ellen Thommes

University of Nebraska at Omaha

MB

Sr.

6-0

Omaha, Nebraska

     

2009 AVCA Division II Third-Team All-America

 

Player

Institution

Pos.

Yr.

Ht.

Hometown

Lydee Benoit

Eckerd College

OH

Sr.

5-9

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Devon Crotteau

Montana State University Billings

OH

Sr.

6-0

Casper, Wyoming

Ashlee Crowder

Hillsdale College

OH

So.

5-11

Jenison, Michigan

Renata da Silva @&

California University of Pennsylvania

S

Sr.

5-8

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Devin Diedrich

Southwest Minnesota State University

MB

So.

6-0

Braham, Minnesota

Stormi Gale

Wingate University

MB

Jr.

6-0

Richmond, Texas

Patricia Gandolfo

University of West Florida

MB

Sr.

6-3

Porto Alegre, Brazil

Kate Hampson

Washburn University

S

Sr.

5-7

Fort Collins, Colorado

Alison Jacobs

University of North Alabama

S

Sr.

5-9

Elkhorn, Nebraska

Bri Morley

Metropolitan State College of Denver

OH

So.

5-9

Parker, Colorado

Michelle Nogueras &

Saint Leo University

S

Sr.

5-8

Cayey, Puerto Rico

Keala Peterson

Sonoma State University

OH

So.

6-0

Sebastopol, California

Maja Potpara

Dowling College

S

So.

6-0

Pljevlja, Montenegro

Kyleigh Turner

University of Indianapolis

DS/Lib.

Sr.

5-5

Muncie, Indiana

* indicates 2008 AVCA First-Team All-America selection

% indicates 2008 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection

& indicates 2008 AVCA Third-Team All-America selection

$ indicates 2007 AVCA First-Team All-America selection

^ indicates 2007 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection

@ indicates 2007 AVCA Third-Team All-America selection

! indicates 2006 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection

 

2009 AVCA Division II Freshman of the Year: Megan Sharpe, Truman State University, MB

2009 AVCA Division II Player of the Year: announced December 2, 2009 at the NCAA Division II Championship banquet

 

2009 AVCA Division II Honorable Mention All-America

Katie Beale (Flagler,OH, Sr.)

Amanda Beekman (Minnesota State, OH, Jr.)

Lauren Billo (Wingate, OH, Jr.)

Julia Borecka (Florida Southern, RS/Opp., Sr.)

Roxanne Brunsting (UC San Diego, DS/Lib., So.)

Lyndsay Callahan (Indianapolis, OH, Jr.)

Gabe Curtis (Metro State, S, Sr.)

Rachel Fister (Central Missouri, DS/Lib., Jr.)

Xuan Gao (Lock Haven, OH, Fr.)

Kait Harris (Saginaw Valley State, S, Sr.)

Allie Huffman (Central Missouri, OH, So.)

Eleena Iisakka (Minnesota-Duluth, S, So.)

Whitney Justice (Lees-McRae, MB, Jr.)

Taylor Krenwinkle (Sonoma State, DS/Lib., So.)

Mollie Lacey (Washburn, MB, So.)

Clara Leutheuser (Hillsdale, MB, So.)

Maggie Malone (Wingate, DS/Lib., So.)

Sara Mamalov (New Haven, OH, Jr.)

Terry Masava (Bridgeport, OH, Jr.)

Joanna Nist (California [Pa.], OH, Sr.)

Carly Perschnick (Nova Southeastern, MB, Fr.)

Valia Petrova (Nova Southeastern, S, Sr.)

Rebeccah Rapin (Grand Valley State, MB, Jr.)

Lacy Redwine (Lynn, DS/Lib., Jr.)

Sarah Roberts (North Alabama, MB, Jr.)

Rachel Ruedi (Lewis, S, Jr.)

Calli Scott (Alaska-Anchorage, S, Sr.)

Fabiane Seben (Hawai'i-Hilo, MB, Sr.)

Megan Sharpe (Truman State, MB, Fr.)

Brittany Stamer (Minnesota State, S, So.)

Corrine Stringer (Pittsburg State, OH, So.)

Katie Swenson (Hawai'i-Hilo, S, Jr.)

Brandie Vea (Central Washington, DS/Lib., Jr.)

 

 

2009 AVCA Division II First-Team All-America

Pamela Cartagena, a 5-7 outside hitter for Pittsburg State University, is a senior from Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The MIAA Player of the Year and four-time First-Team All-MIAA honoree is ranked in the nation's top-20 in kills and helped the Gorillas to an appearance in the NCAA South Central Region semifinals. Cartagena is now a three-time AVCA All-American, also being honored in 2007 and 2008.

 

Jane Chafeh, a 5-11 outside hitter for California State University, San Bernardino, is a junior from Fontana, Calif. Chafeh found herself ranked in the nation's top-five in kills per set and was among the CCAA's leaders in that category, as well as in points and hitting percentage. An All-CCAA First-Team honoree, Chafeh picks up her first AVCA All-America award.

 

Elaine Chen, a 5-7 setter for the University of California, San Diego, is a senior from Walnut, Calif. Chen, an All-CCAA First-Team selection, sat in the nation's top-five in assists per set and was tops in the conference in that category, in addition ranking among the league's leaders in service aces and guiding the Tritons to a top-20 team hitting percentage. This is Chen's first AVCA All-America honor.

 

Sara Hoffman, a 5-6 setter for California State University, San Bernardino, is a senior from San Clemente, Calif.  Hoffman, who helped lead the Coyotes to the 2009 NCAA Division II West Region title, helped the CSUSB attackers to the fourth-best hitting percentage in the nation, as well as ranking nationally in assists per set. This marks Hoffman's third AVCA All-American honor, also earning accolades in 2007 and 2008.

 

Maggie McNamara, a 5-9 setter for Concordia University-St. Paul, is a senior from Zumbrota, Minn. McNamara, who is ranked No. 1 in the nation in assists per set for  the fourth-consecutive season, helped the Golden Bears to their third straight regional title and trip to the NCAA Division II quarterfinals. The two-time NSIC Offensive Player of the Year and NSIC All-Conference Team selection is now a four-time AVCA All-American, earning Second-Team honors in 2006 and First-Team laurels in each of the past three seasons.

 

Cheneta Morrison, a 5-8 setter for the University of Indianapolis, is a junior from Fort Wayne, Ind. The All-GLVC First-Team selection guided the Greyhounds to a 38-1 record and their first regional championship in 2009. Nationally-ranked in assists per set and helping the squad to the country's sixth-best team hitting percentage, Morrison is a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

Alyssa Nelson, a 5-11 middle blocker for the University of Minnesota-Duluth, is a junior from Hayfield, Minn. Named both a 2009 NCAA Division II Central Region All-Tournament Team and NSIC All-Conference selection, Nelson sits in the top-20 nationally in both blocks and hitting percentage. This marks Nelson's first AVCA All-America award.

 

Emily Palkert, a 5-11 middle blocker for Concordia University-St. Paul, is a junior from Excelsior, Minn. Ranked nationally in hitting percentage and kills per set, Palkert was named to the 2009 NSIC All-Conference team after leading the Golden Bears the team's sixth-consecutive NSIC championship. Palkert is now a two-time AVCA All-American, also picking up a First-Team nod in 2008.

 

Laura Prinsen, a 5-9 right side/opposite for West Texas A&M University, is a senior from Spring, Texas. Prinsen, who is ranked among the Lonestar Conference leaders in points, kills, blocks and hitting percentage, led the Lady Buffs to their fourth-consecutive conference title and a South Central Region championship . An All-LSC First-Team selection, Prinson has now earned AVCA All-America accolades for two straight seasons.

 

Sylvia Schmidt, a 5-11 outside hitter for the University of California, San Diego, is a senior from Cupertino, Calif.  The CCAA Player of the Year and All-CCAA First-Team honoree helped the Tritons reach the West Region semifinals in 2009. Ranked in the nation's top-10 in kills per set and among the league leaders in that category and in points, Schmidt is receiving her first AVCA All-America award.

 

Nikki Scott, a 6-2 middle blocker for the University of Nebraska Kearney, is a senior from Broken Bow, Neb. The RMAC Player of the Year and All-RMAC First-Team honoree, Scott ranked fourth nationally in hitting percentage and was among the league's best in kills, points, and hitting percentage. Also a Sports Imports/AVCA Division II National Player of the Week recipient this season, Scott picks up her first AVCA All-American honor.

 

Meghan Sherman, a 5-10 setter for the University of Tampa, is a junior from Ponte Verda, Fla. Ranked first in the Sunshine State Conference and in the top-five nationally in assists per set, Sherman helped the Spartans to the country's best team hitting percentage. An All-SSC Second-Team honoree, Sherman is earning her first AVCA All-America nod.

 

Mary Slinger, a 5-8 libero for Concordia University-St. Paul, is a junior from Faribault, Minn. Slinger, the NSIC Libero of the Year, NSIC All-Conference selection and Central Region All-Tournament honoree ranks nationally in digs per set and is the Golden Bears' all-time career digs leader. Slinger is a two-time AVCA All-American, also earning Second-Team distinction a year ago.

 

Melissa Vanderhall, a 5-9 outside hitter for the University of Tampa, is a junior from Hempstead, N.Y. Vanderhall, who earned SSC Player of the Year accolades for the second consecutive season, as well as All-SSC First-Team honors, ranked among the nation's best in hitting percentage and kills per set. This is second-straight AVCA First-Team All-America award for Vanderhall.

 

2009 AVCA Division II Second-Team All-America

Emily Calderon-Reyes, a 5-8 outside hitter for Saint Leo University, is a junior from Caguas, Puerto Rico.  An All-SSC First-Team selection in 2009, Calderon-Reyes was among the conference leaders in kills per set and helped the Lions reach the NCAA Division II South Region final. This marks the first AVCA All-America award for Calderon-Reyes.

 

Megan Carlson, a 5-9 outside hitter for Concordia University-St. Paul, is a sophomore from Andover, Minn.  Carlson helped the Golden Bears claim their third consecutive Central Region championship, earning All-Tournament honors along the way. The NSIC All-Conference honoree is making her first appearance as an AVCA All-American.

 

Kaleigh Cunningham, a 5-10 outside hitter for the University of Tampa, is a junior from Winter Park, Fla.  Ranked among the SSC leaders in kills and hitting percentage, Cunningham was tabbed an All-SSC First-Team selection en route to leading the Spartans to the NCAA Division II South Region Championship. This is Cunningham's first AVCA All-America award.

 

Melissa Harper, a 6-0 middle blocker for West Texas A&M University, is a senior from Peoria, Arizona.  Named the Lonestar Conference's Offensive Player of the Year and earning All-LSC First-Team honors, Harper was third nationally and first in the LSC in hitting percentage and ranked among the league leaders in kills and points. Harper picks up AVCA All-America honors for the first time.

 

Jennifer Hefner, a 6-1 middle blocker for Wayne State College, is a junior from Archer, Neb.  Hefner, a NSIC All-Conference selection and Central Regional All-Tournament mention, was nationally-ranked in blocks and kills in 2009. A Sports Imports/AVCA Division II Player of the Week honoree, Hefner is a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

Sadie Kessler, a 5-9 right side/opposite for Concordia University-St. Paul, is a senior from St. Michael, Minn.  Ranked in the top-10 nationally in hitting percentage, Kessler earned a spot on the Central Region All-Tournament Team, in addition to being named to the NSIC All-Conference team and receiving Sports Imports/AVCA Division II National Player of the Week honors. This is Kessler's first AVCA All-America nod.

 

Kaitlin McKenna, a 6-0 middle blocker for Saint Leo University, is a junior from Farmington Hills, Michigan.  The First-Team All-SSC honoree ranked in the top-15 nationally in hitting percentage, in addition to sitting among the SSC leaders in kills and blocks. McKenna, who helped the Lions earn a spot in the 2009 NCAA tournament, earns her first AVCA All-America award.

 

Samantha Middleborn, a 6-1 middle blocker for California State University, San Bernardino, is a sophomore from Rialto, Calif. Middleborn is among the nation's leaders in both blocks per set and hitting percentage. The All-CCAA First-Team selection led the Coyotes the 2009 NCAA Division II West Region Championship and a berth in the national quarterfinals. Middleborn is a first-time ACVA All-American.

 

Caitlin Pankratz, a 5-7 setter for the University of Central Missouri, is a senior from Buhler, Kan. Pankratz is ranked among the top-20 players in the nation in assists per set. The two-time All-MIAA selection helped lead the Jennies to their first conference title since 2000 along with their first regional championship appearance since 2006. Pankratz is receiving AVCA All-America honors for the first time.

 

Katie Rickwartz, a 5-9 setter for West Texas A&M University, is a senior from Canyon, Texas. Rickwartz, an All-LSC honoree ranks in the top-10 nationally in assists per set and guided the Lady Buffs to a regional title and spot in the 2009 NCAA Division II quarterfinals. Rickwartz is a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

Stephanie Sagat, a 5-9 outside hitter for Lewis University, is a senior from Darien, Ill. The Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year led the Flyers to a school record setting season with 27 straight wins and a perfect 14-0 mark in conference play. Sagat is earning AVCA All-America honors for the first time.

 

Arica Shepard, a 5-9 outside hitter for Emporia State University, is a senior from Rossville, Kan. Shepard is ranked in the top-10 nationally in kills per set. The three-time All-MIAA First-Team selection set numerous records through her career at ESU including career kills, kills per set average, attempts, 20-plus kills matches and double-figure kill matches. Shepard is a two-time AVCA All-American, also receiving honors in 2008.

 

Makenzie Snyder, a 5-9 outside hitter for Chico State, is a senior from Placerville, Calif. Snyder, the second-ranked athlete in kills per set in the nation, helped guide the Wildcats to a 23-9 record, the most wins by any Chico State volleyball team in 16 years. The All-CCAA First-Team selection grabs AVCA All-American honors for the first time.

 

Ellen Thommes, a 6-0 middle blocker for the University of Nebraska-Omaha, is a senior from Omaha, Neb. Thommes ranks among the nation's leaders for both blocks per set and hitting percentage. The All-MIAA selection is also ranked second in the league in attack percentages and fourth in points. Thommes is picking up her first AVCA All-America honor.

 

2009 AVCA Division II Third-Team All-America

Lydee Benoit, a 5-9 outside hitter for Eckerd College, is a senior from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The All-SSC First-Team selection is among the top leaders nationally for kills per set and has helped guide the Tritons to their first-ever NCAA Tournament victory. Benoit is a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

Devon Crotteau, a 6-0 outside hitter for Montana State University-Billings, is a senior from Casper, Wyoming. Crotteau ranked fifth in the nation in kills per set and led the GNAC in kills and points. The GNAC All-Conference First-Team selection led the Yellowjackets to an impressive ten game improvement from the 2008 season. Crotteu is receiving AVCA All-America honors for the first time.

 

Ashlee Crowder, a 5-11 outside hitter for Hillsdale College, is a sophomore from Jenison, Mich. Crowder is ranked among the nation's leaders in kills per set and led the Chargers to their first-ever GLIAC championship in program history. This marks the first time Crowder has received AVCA All-America honors.

 

Renata da Silva, a 5-8 setter for California University of Pennsylvania, is a senior from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Da Silva sits among the top-15  in the nation for assister per set and led the Vulcans to the PSAC championship and their fifth consecutive bid to the NCAA Division II tournament. Da Silva is a three-time AVCA All-America selection, having gained the honor in both 2007 and 2008.

 

Devin Diedrich, a 6-0 middle blocker for Southwest Minnesota State University, is a sophomore from Braham, Minn. Diedrich is ranked in the top-15 nationally in kills per set and led the Mustangs to their sixth straight NCAA regional appearance. This marks the first time that Diedrich has been named an AVCA All-American.

 

Stormi Gale, a 6-0 middle blocker for Wingate University, is a junior from Richmond, Texas. The three-time first-team all-SAC selection was also named the Daktronics Southeast Region Player of the Year along with the SAC Player of the year after leading the Bulldogs to the first regional final appearance in school history.  Gale receives AVCA All-America honors for the first time.

 

Patricia Gandolfo, a 6-3 middle blocker for the University of West Florida, is a senior from Porto Alegre, Brazil. Gandolfo ranks nationally in blocks per set and led the Argos to the NCAA Division II South Region semifinals. The All-GSC First-Team selection is receiving AVCA All-America honors for the first time.

 

Kate Hampson, a 5-7 setter for Washburn University, is a senior from Fort Collins, Colo. Hampson helped guide the Lady Blues to their sixth straight NCAA Division II tournament appearance while ranking in the nation's top-15 in assists per set. Washburn's all-time assists leader is receiving AVCA All-America honors for the first time.

 

Alison Jacobs, a 5-9 setter for the University of North Alabama, is a senior from Elkhorn, Neb. The Gulf South Conference East Division Player of the Year, Jacobs helped guide the Lions to a successful season with a berth in 2009 NCAA Division II tournament. The three-time All-GSC selection picks up her first AVCA All-America honor.

 

Bri Morley, a 5-9 outside hitter for Metropolitan State College of Denver, is a sophomore from Parker, Colo. Morley was among the nation's top-ranked players for kills per set along with leading the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in kills for the season. Morley, who also garnered Sports Imports/AVCA Division II National Player of the Week honors during the season, is a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

Michelle Nogueras, a 5-8 setter for Saint Leo University, is a senior from Cayey, Puerto Rico. Nogueras is ranked in the top-20 in the country for assists per set  while guiding the Lions to the program's first-ever Sunshine State Conference title.  Nogueras is receiving AVCA All-America honors for the second time, her first coming in 2008.

 

Keala Peterson, a 6-0 outside hitter for Sonoma State University, is a sophomore from Sebastopol, Calif. Peterson is ranked among the top-15 nationally in kills per set as well one of the CCAA's leaders in that category. The First-Team All-CCAA selection picks up her first AVCA All-America award.

 

Maja Potpara, a 6-0 setter for Dowling College, is a sophomore from Pljevlja, Montenegro. The two-time ECC Player of the Year helped lead the Golden Lions to the 2009 NCAA Division II East Regional championship and berth in the national quarterfinals. Potpara ranked in the top-three on the team in kills, service aces, digs, block assists, and total blocks and is receiving AVCA All-America honors for the first time.

 

Kyleigh Turner, a 5-5 libero for the University of Indianapolis, is a senior from Muncie, Ind. The all-region selection holds the school records for most digs in a season and in a career. The Greyhounds' four-year starting libero, Turner led the team to its first-ever regional championship trophy while being ranked among the top players nationally in digs per set. Turner is a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

2009 AVCA Division II National Freshman of the Year  

Megan Sharpe, a 5-11 middle blocker for Truman State University, is from Edwardsville, Ill.  Sharpe, the 2009 MIAA Freshman of the Year and Second-Team All-MIAA selection, turned in the program's highest single-season hitting percentage mark since rally-scoring era began. She ranked among the league's leaders in hitting percentage, blocks and points, and helped the Bulldogs to earn a spot in the NCAA Division II South Central Regional tournament.

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