2009 AVCA Division I All-America Teams

12/16/2009

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2009 AVCA Division I All-America Teams

 

TAMPA, Fla. (December 16, 2009) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce the 29th annual AVCA Division I All-America Teams for women's volleyball. The awards will be presented Dec. 18, 2009, at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet presented by Zamst at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla.

 

Each of the three AVCA All-America Teams is comprised of 14 athletes. The Division I AVCA National Player of the Year will be announced on Dec. 18 at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet.

 

Penn State University senior outside hitter Megan Hodge headlines this year's recipients, as the only four-time First-Team honoree among the group of 42 athletes. Repeat First-Team selections include the University of California's Hana Cutura, Penn State University's Alisha Glass and The University of Texas' Ashey Engle and Destinee Hooker

 

Of all of the First-Team honorees, all but two have previously garnered AVCA All-America recognition during their careers, with Louisiana State University middle blocker Brittnee Cooper and Stanford University setter/hitter Cassidy Lichtman grabbing their first-ever honor. A total of 20 athletes - nearly half of this year's recipients - representing the three teams are first-time AVCA All-America selections.

 

The selections were made by the AVCA Division I All-America Committee: chair - Debbie Kirch, Green Bay; Andy Banachowski, UCLA; Keylor Chan, Northwestern; Joe Getzin, Mississippi; Christy Johnson-Lynch, Iowa State; Mike Jordan, New Mexico State; Anne Kordes, Saint Louis; and Lee Maes, Virginia. The AVCA Awards Chair is Dayton head volleyball coach Kelly Sheffield.

 

 

2009 AVCA DIVISION I FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICA

 

Player

Institution

Pos.

Yr.

Ht.

Hometown

Blair Brown ^

Penn State University

RS/Opp.

Jr.

6-5

Purcellville, Virginia

Brittnee Cooper

Louisiana State University

MB

Sr.

6-2

Houston, Texas

Hana Cutura *@

University of California

OH

Sr.

6-4

Zagreb, Croatia

Kanani Danielson #

University of Hawai'i

OH

So.

5-10

Ewa Beach, O'ahu

Laura DeBruler ^

University of Illinois

OH

Jr.

5-11

Downers Grove, Illinois

Ashley Engle *+

The University of Texas

S/H

Sr.

6-3

Yorba Linda, California

Lauren Gibbemeyer #

University of Minnesota

MB

Jr.

6-2

St. Paul, Minnesota

Alisha Glass *@

Penn State University

S

Sr.

6-0

Leland, Michigan

Megan Hodge *$!

Penn State University

OH

Sr.

6-3

Durham, North Carolina

Destinee Hooker *@

The University of Texas

OH

Sr.

6-4

San Antonio, Texas

Cassidy Lichtman

Stanford University

S/H

Jr.

6-1

Poway, California

Ashley Mass #

Iowa State University

DS/Lib.

Jr.

5-8

Muskego, Wisconsin

Arielle Wilson ^

Penn State University

MB

Jr.

6-3

Broadview, Illinois

Lexi Zimmerman ^

University of Michigan

S

Jr.

5-10

Barrington, Illinois

 

   

 

 

2009 AVCA DIVISION I SECOND-TEAM ALL-AMERICA

 

Player

Institution

Pos.

Yr.

Ht.

Hometown

Brianna Barry

Florida State University

MB

Sr.

6-3

Winter Springs, Florida

Kindra Carlson

University of Washington

RS/Opp.

Jr.

6-1

Eaton, Colorado

Brooke Delano

University of Nebraska

MB

So.

6-4

Bellevue, Nebraska

Amanda Gil

UCLA

MB

So.

6-6

San Jose, California

Alix Klineman *@

Stanford University

OH

Jr.

6-4

Manhattan Beach, California

Carli Lloyd ^

University of California

S

Jr.

5-11

Bonsall, California

Kaylee Manns ^

Iowa State University

S

Sr.

5-10

Topeka, Kansas

Tamari Miyashiro ^%

University of Washington

DS/Lib.

Sr.

5-7

Kanehoe, Hawai'i

Kelly Murphy #

University of Florida

S/H

So.

6-2

Wilmington, Illinois

Sonja Newcombe

University of Oregon

OH

Sr.

6-1

Lake Arrowhead, California

Janet Okogbaa

Stanford University

MB

Sr.

6-3

Tampa, Florida

Rachel Rourke

Oregon State University

OH

Sr.

6-5

Queensland, Australia

Sarah Rumely

University of Kentucky

S

Sr.

5-11

New Palestine, Indiana

Ali Troost

University of San Diego

RS/Opp.

Jr.

6-2

Hemet, California

 

 

 

2009 AVCA DIVISION I THIRD-TEAM ALL-AMERICA

 

Player

Institution

Pos.

Yr.

Ht.

Hometown

Sarah Ammerman

Texas A&M University

OH

Sr.

6-2

Parker, Colorado

Sydney Anderson ^

University of Nebraska

S

Jr.

6-0

Salt Lake City, Utah

Ashley Benson

Indiana University

MB

Jr.

6-3

Bloomington, Indiana

Taylor Carico @

University of Minnesota

S

Sr.

6-0

Manhattan Beach, California

Aneli Cubi-Otineru

University of Hawai'i

OH

Sr.

5-11

Hale'iwa, O'ahu

Megan Dooley

University of Pittsburgh

MB

Sr.

6-1

West Chester, Ohio

Neticia Enesi ^

University of Oregon

MB

Sr.

6-1

The Dalles, Oregon

Juliann Faucette $

The University of Texas

OH

Jr.

6-2

San Diego, California

Lindsay Fletemier

University of Dayton

MB

Jr.

6-6

Garden City, Michigan

Jenna Hagglund #

University of Washington

S

Jr.

5-10

West Chester, Ohio

Victoria Henson

Iowa State University

OH

Jr.

5-11

Leavenworth, Kansas

Alex Jupiter

University of Southern California

OH

So.

6-3

Hermosa Beach, California

Juliana Paz

University of Michigan

OH

Jr.

6-2

Porto Allegre, Brazil

Serinity Phillips

University of Notre Dame

RS/Opp.

Sr.

5-11

Valley Center, California

 

* 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 First-Team All-America selection

+ indicates 2006 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection

 

2009 Division I AVCA Freshman of the Year: Lauren Cook, UCLA, S

2009 Division I AVCA Player of the Year: Announced at AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet on Dec. 18, 2009

 

 

 

 

2009 AVCA Division I Honorable Mention All-America

 

Kyndra Abron (MichiganState, OH, So.)

Jessica Adams (Tulsa, DS/Lib., Fr.)

Sandra Adeleye (Clemson, MB, Fr.)

Gabi Ailes (Stanford, DS/Lib., Jr.)

Allie Argobast (South Florida, MB, Sr.)

Lola Arslenbekova (Louisville, OH, Fr.)

Johannah Bangert (Illinois, MB, )Jr.

Jennifer Banse (TexasA&M, RS/Opp., Sr.)

Taylor Barnes (Baylor, S, Sr.)

Karolina Bartkowiak (Utah, RS/Opp., Jr.)

Michelle Bartsch (Illinois, RS/Opp., So.)

Katelin Batten (Colorado State, DS/Lib., Sr.)

Jovanna Bjelica (FloridaInternational, OH, Fr.)

EllieBlankenship, Northern Iowa, DS/Lib., Jr.)

Kelsey Bohman (George Mason, MB, So.)

Ruth Boscaljon (Youngstown State, MB, Sr.)

Suzy Boulavsky (Oklahoma, RS/Opp., So.)

Anna Breyfogle (Baylor, MB, Sr.)

Lecia Brown (Louisville, MB, Sr.)

Kendra Cahanek (Southern Methodist, MB, Sr.)

Lane Carico (Miami, OH, So.)

Kellie Catanach (Duke, S, So.)

Stephanie Champine (Austin Peay, OH, Sr.)

Kori Cooper (Nebraska, MB, Sr.)

Elyse Cusack (Florida, DS/Lib., Sr.)

Sam  Dabbs (LSU, S, Sr.)

Cat   Dailey (Yale, OH, Sr.)

Emmy Davidsmeyer (Denver, MB, Sr.)

Cole Dawley     ( Charleston, S, Jr.)

Jennah (Devries, New Mexico State, S, So.)

Nevena Djordjevic (Oregon, S, Sr.)

Visnja Djurdjevic (Tulane, OH, So.)

Mira Djuric (Florida State, RS/Opp., Sr.)

Darcy Dorton (Penn State, OH, Fr.)

Katie Dull (Ohio State, OH, Jr.)

Kourtney Edwards (Texas Christian, MB, Sr.)

Didem Ege (Clemson, DS/Lib., Sr.)

Jennifer Eichler (Tulsa, RS/Opp., Sr.)

Liz Fazio (Cleveland State, OH, Sr.)

Bridget Fonke, Saint Louis, OH, Sr.)

Nikki Fowler (Tennessee, RS/Opp., Jr.)

Jordan Goad (Cleveland State, So. S)

Chloe Goldman (Tennessee, DS/Lib., Sr.)

Holly Goode (George Mason, RS/Opp., Jr.)

Beth Greulich (Cleveland State, RS/Opp., Sr.)

Jessica Gysin (Southern California, OH, Sr.)

Taylor Hadfield (New Mexico, RS/Opp., Jr.)

Hillary Haen, Illinois, S, Jr.)

Missy Harpenau (Cincinnati, OH, So.)

Tyler Henderson (Tulsa, OH, Fr.)

Ellen Herman (Ohio, OH, Sr.)

Kim Hill (Pepperdine, MB, So.)

Christy Hudson (Texas Christian, RS/Opp., Jr.)

Christina Kaelin (Notre Dame, OH, Jr.)

Amber Kaufman (Hawai'i, MB, Sr.)

Alex Kelly (Lipscomb, MB, Jr.)

Michala Kvapilova (VCU, OH, Fr.)

Tracey Lam (Rice, DS/Lib., Jr.)

Caitlin Ledoux (Long Beach State, OH, So.)

Rachel Lindelow (Tulane, S, Sr.)

Cassie Loessberg (Miami, DS/Lib., Sr.)

Dani Mafua (Hawai'i,       S, Jr.)

Gurgel Marcela ( South Florida, OH, Sr.)

Kim Maroon (Villanova, DS/Lib., Sr.)

Chelaine McCarty (Liberty, MB, Sr.)

Sammi McCloud (Saint Louis, RS/Opp., Sr.)

Ashleigh McCord (Rice, OH, So.)

Monique Mead (Georgia Tech,         RS/Opp., Fr.)

Ashley Mell (Southern Miss, OH, So.)

Sarah Mendoza (Kentucky, OH, Jr.)

Danielle Minch (Colorado State, OH, Jr.)

Sabel Moffett (Northwestern, MB, Jr.)

Rachael Morgan (Florida State, OH, So.)

Rachael Moss (Duke, OH, Sr.)

Megan Munce (Texas Christian, S, So.)

Kelsey Murphy (Clemson, S, Sr.)

Kayla Neto (Cal State Fullerton, MB, Fr.)

Jamel Nicholas (Notre Dame, S, Sr.) 

Stephanie Niemer (Cincinnati, OH, Jr.)

Kate Nobilio (Northwestern, DS/Lib., Sr.)

Calli Norman (Missouri State, MB, So.)

Jasmine Norton (Arkansas, OH, Fr.)

Stacy Oladinni (Middle Tennessee, RS/Opp., So.)

Bre   Payton (Northern Iowa, Setter/Hitter, So.)

Stefine Pease (Lipsomb, S, Jr.)

Kari Pestolesi (UC Irvine, OH, Jr.)

Lindsey Pflunger (William & Mary, DS/Lib., Sr.)

Juliane Piggott (UC Irvine, OH, Jr.)

Megan Plourde (Colorado State, MB, Fr.)

Dana Powell     (Southern Methodist, OH, So.)

Jordana Price (Florida State, MB, Sr.)

Lia   Proctor (Clemson, OH, Sr.)

Lauren Rapp    ( Kentucky, RS/Opp., Jr.)

Yarimar Rosa (Florida International, OH, Sr.)

Michelle Rossi (Pittsburgh, DS/Lib., Sr.)

Whitney Roth (Saint Louis, S, Sr.)

Bianca Rowland (Washington, MB, So.)

Shaunda Sandifer (Wright State, MB, Jr.)

Rebecca Saraceno (UC Santa Barbara,  OH, Sr.)

Kaitlin Sather (UCLA, OH,, Sr.)

Brianne Sauer (Kentucy, DS/Lib., Sr.)

Meredith Schamun (Rice, S, Jr.)

Kelsea Seymour (Southern Miss, S, So.)

Marina Skender (LSU, OH, Sr.)

Emily Stockman (Wichita State, OH, Sr.)

Christine Tan (Minnesota, DS/Lib. Sr.)

Mary  Ashley   Tippins (Georgia Tech, Setter/Hitter, Jr.)

Megan Tyron (Penn, S, Jr.)

Natalia Valentin (Florida International, S, Jr.)

Naomi Washington (Long Beach State, OH, Sr.)

Hannah Werth (Nebraska, OH, Fr.)

Felicia Willoughby (Virginia Tech, MB, Jr.)

Jessica Wolfe (Butler, OH, Jr.)

Yun Yi Zhang (Temple, OH, Sr.)

AVCA First-Team All-America

 

Blair Brown, a 6-5 right side hitter for Penn State University, is a junior from Purcellville, Va. The First-Team All-Big Ten honoree is ranked among the nation's leaders in blocks per set, hitting percentage and points per set. Brown helped lead the Nittany Lions to their seventh consecutive Big Ten title and thirteenth overall. Brown is an All-American selection for the second year in a row, earning Second-Team honors in 2008.

 

Brittnee Cooper, a 6-3 middle blocker for Louisiana State University, is a senior from Houston ,Texas. The First-Team All-SEC selection led the Tigers to their first SEC title since 1991. Cooper is among the leaders in the nation for blocks per set, hitting percentage, kills per set and points per set. She is a first time AVCA All-American selection.

 

Hana Cutura, a 6-4 outside hitter for the University of California, is a senior from Zagreb, Croatia. A national leader for kills per set, points per set, and hitting percentage throughout the nation, Cutura led the Golden Bears to their third straight NCAA Regional Final with a 21-11 record. Cutura is an AVCA All-American selection for the third straight year.

 

Kanani Danielson, a 5-10 outside hitter for the University of Hawai'i, is a sophomore from Ewa Beach, O'ahu. Danielson led the Rainbow Wahine to a perfect WAC season along with their 10th WAC Tournament title. One of the country's best in hitting percentage, kills and points per set, Danielson was named the WAC Player of the Year. Danielson is a two-time AVCA All-America selection, having been named to the Third-Team in 2008.

 

Laura DeBruler, a 5-11outside hitter for the University of Illinois, is a junior from Downers Grove, Ill. The All-Big Ten selection ranks among the top-15 in the nation for kills per set and points per set, and  is among the top leaders in the nation for hitting percentage. DeBruler led the Fighting Illini to the NCAA Tournament with a 26-6 record . DeBruler is a two time AVCA All-America recipient, the first time coming  in 2008.

 

Ashley Engle, a 6-3 setter/right side hitter for The University of Texas, is a senior from Yorba Linda, Calif. The four-time First-Team All-Big 12 selection is among the national leaders for assists per set along with hitting percentage. Engle led the Longhorns to their third straight Big 12 Championship and first outright title since 197l. Engle is a three-time AVCA All-American, having previously received honors in 2006 and 2008.

 

Lauren Gibbemeyer, a 6-2 middle blocker for The University of Minnesota, is a junior from St. Paul, Minn. The All-Big Ten-First Team selection is among the top players in the nation for blocks per set, hitting percentage, kills per set and points per set, while ranking in the top-five in the Big Ten in all four categories. Gibbemeyer is now a two-time  recipient of the AVCA All-American award.

 

Alisha Glass, a 6-0 setter  for Penn State University, is a senior from Leland, Mich. The All-Big Ten First-Team  selection is ranked among the top-ten in the nation in assists per set along with leading the Big Ten conference. Glass guided her team to a nation-leading .393 attack percentage this season and is an All-America selection for the third consecutive year.

 

Megan Hodge, a 6-3 outside hitter for Penn State University, is a senior from Durham, N.C. The two-time Big Ten Player of the Year is ranked among the top in the nation in hitting percentage, kills per set and points per set. Hodge helped guide the Nittany Lions to an undefeated regular season, en route to being named an AVCA First-Team All-American for the fourth consecutive year.

 

Destinee Hooker, a 6-4 outside hitter for The University of Texas, is a senior from San Antonio, Texas. The 2009 Big 12 Player of the Year and All-Big 12 First Team selection led the Longhorns to their first outright Big 12 title since 1997with a 28-1 record. Hooker is ranked among the country's best in points, kills and aces per set and hitting percentage. This marks the third time that Hooker has received AVCAAll-America honors.

 

Cassidy Lichtman, a 6-1 setter/hitter for Stanford University, is a junior from Poway, Calif. The All-Pac-10 selection  was among the leaders in the nation for kills per set and points per set and  led the Cardinal to their fourth straight Pac-10 championship. This is the first time Lichtman has received AVCA All-America honors.

 

Ashley Mass, a 5-8 libero for Iowa State University, is a junior from Muskego, Wis. Mass was named the Big 12 Libero of the Year for the second season in a row and was the first to become a First-Team All-Big 12 libero in conference history. Ranked in the top-10 in the nation in digs per set, Mass is receiving AVCA All-America allocations for the second year in a row.

 

Arielle Wilson, a 6-3 middle hitter for Penn state University, is a junior from Broadview, Ill. The First-Team All-Big Ten selection is ranked first in the nation in hitting percentage, second for blocks per set, and is ranked among the top in the nation for points per set and assists per set. Wilson is an AVCA All-American for the second consecutive year.

 

Lexi Zimmerman, a 5-10 setter for The University of Michigan, is a junior from Barrington, Ill. The two time All-Big Ten First-Team honoree is among the top players in the nation for assists per set and leads the Big Ten conference with total assists. Zimmerman guided the Wolverines to the NCAA Division I Stanford Regioanl final this season. She is a two-time recipient of AVCA All-American honors, her first award coming  in 2008.

  

AVCA Second-Team All-America

 

Brianna Barry, a 6-3 middle blocker for Florida State University, is a senior from Winter Springs, Fla. Barry, who was FSU's first-ever ACC Player of the Year in 2009, helped the Seminoles to a historic 31-3 season, including the program's first-ever outright ACC title. Barry, who stood second nationally in hitting percentage, is picking up her first AVCA All-America nod.

 

Kindra Carlson, 6-1 right side hitter for the University of Washington, is a junior from Eaton, Colo. Carlson helped the Huskies reach the NCAA Division I Tournament in 2009 with a 24-6 record. Ranked nationally in kills and points per set, Carlson grabbed All-Pac-10 honors. Carlson is a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

Brooke Delano, a 6-4 middle blocker for Nebraska University, is a sophomore from Bellevue, Neb. The All-Big 12 First-Team selection is among the top leaders in the nation for both blocks per set and hitting percentage. Delano was the only freshman or sophomore in the Big 12 to rank in the top-ten  for these categories. Delano is a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

Amanda Gil, a 6-6 middle blocker for the University of California-Los Angeles, is a sophomore from San Jose, Calif. The two-time All-Pac-10 First-Team selection sits No.2 nationally in blocks per set and is among the national leaders in hitting percentage. Gil helped the Bruins to a second-place finish in the highly-competitive Pac-10 and a spot in the NCAA Division I Tournament. This marks the first time Gil has received AVCA All-American honors.

 

Alix Klineman, a 6-4 outside hitter for Stanford University, is a junior from Manhattan Beach, Calif. Klineman is among the nation's leaders for both kills per set and points per set. The three-time All-Pac-10 selection led the Cardinal to their fourth straight Pac-10 Championship and spot in the NCAA Division I Stanford Regional semifinals. Klineman is now a three-time AVCA All-American, also selected in 2007 and 2008.

 

Carli Lloyd, a 5-11 setter for the University of California, is a junior from Bonsall, Calif. Lloyd, a 2009 All-Pac-10 honorable mention, is among the leaders in the nation for assists per set. She helped key the Golden Bears a spot in the NCAA Division I Gainesville Regional final with a 21-11 record . Lloyd is a two-time AVCA All-American selection.

 

Kaylee Manns, a 5-10 setter for Iowa State University, is a senior  from Topeka, Kan. A two-time All-Big 12 First Team honoree, Manns spurred the Cyclones to a 27-5 record in 2009. The leader of the ISU offense, Manns ranked third nationally in assists per set and helped the Cyclones to one of the country's best team hitting percentages. Manns is making her second consecutive appearance as an AVCA Second-Team All-American.

 

Tamari Miyashiro, a 5-7 libero for the University of Washington, is a senior from Kaneohe, Hawai'i. A three-time All-Pac-10 selection, Miyashiro was ranked nationally in digs per set, while helping the Huskies to a 24-6 record an a spot in the NCAA Division I Tournament.  Miyashiro is now a three-time AVCA All-American, having been named to the Second-Team in 2008 and  Third-Team in 2007.

 

Kelly Murphy, a 6-2 setter/right side hitter for the University of Florida, is a sophomore from Wilmington, Ill. The All-SEC First-Team selection and 2008 SEC Freshman of the Year, Murphy helped the Gators the country's fifth-best hitting percentages, while being an offensive threat herself. Murphy, the 2008 AVCA Division I National Freshman of the Year, is a two-time AVCA All-American, also having garnered Third-Team honors a year ago.

 

Sonja Newcombe, a 6-1 outside hitter for the University of Oregon, is a senior from Lake Arrowhead, Calif.  Newcombe ranked in the nation's top-20 in both kills and points per set. The two-time All-Pac-10 selection helped the Ducks to a 20-10 record in 2009, which included another trip for the program to the NCAA Division I Tournament. This is Newcombe's first AVCA All-America award.

 

Janet Okogbaa, a 6-3 middle blocker for Stanford University, is a senior from Tampa, Fla. The All-Pac-10 selection is among the county's top in blocks per set, hitting percentage and points per set.  Okogbaa leads the team in hitting percentage and is second in the Pac-10. This marks the first time Okogbaa has received AVCA All-America honors.

 

Rachel Rourke, a 6-5 outside hitter for Oregon State University, is a senior from Queensland, Australia. Rourke has been a steady force for OSU over the years, ranking among the nation's elite top-10 in both kills and points per set in 2009. The two-time All-Pac-10 honoree, Rourke is picking up her first AVCA All-America nod.

 

Sarah Rumely, a 5-11 setter for the University of Kentucky, is a senior from New Palestine, Ind. The two time All-SEC First Team selection ranks in the top-10 in the nation for assists per set, along with appearing in the Kentucky record books among the all-time leaders in sets played, hitting percentage, assists, aces, block assists and digs. Rumely is a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

Ali Troost, a 6-2 right side hitter for the University of San Diego, is a junior from Hemet, Calif. Troost was a major weapon for the Toreros in 2009, earning WCC Player of the Year accolades. One of the country's best in aces and points per set, Troost helped the squad to a 18-7 record. A two-time WCC First-Team selection, Troost earns her first AVCA All-America recognition.


 

AVCA Third-Team All-America

 

Sarah Ammerman, a 6-2 outside hitter for Texas A&M University, is a senior from Parker, Colo. Named to the All-Big 12 First-Team in 2009, Ammerman was ranked nationally in both kills and points  per set and helped the Aggies to a 20-11 record and a spot in the NCAA Division I Tournament. This is Ammerman's first AVCA All-America plaudit.

 

Sydney Anderson, a 6-0 setter for the University of Nebraska, is a junior from Salt Lake City, Utah. The leader of the Husker offense, Anderson ranked in the top-20 nationally in assists and helped the NU offense to one of the country's top team hitting percentages. An All-Big 12 First-Team honoree, Anderson guided Nebraska to a spot in the NCAA Division I Omaha Regional final. This marks Anderson's second AVCA All-America nod, as she was a Second-Team selection in 2008.

 

Ashley Benson,  a 6-3 middle blocker for Indiana University, is a junior from Bloomington, Ind. Benson was a unanimous All-Big Ten selection in 2009, after leading the Hoosiers to a 17-17 record in a tough league. The key cog  in the middle for IU, Benson was among the county's best in hitting percentage, blocks and points per set. This is her first AVCA All-America honor.

 

Taylor Carico, a 6-0 setter for the University of Minnesota, is a senior from Manhattan Beach, Calif. Carico helped guide the Gophers into a spot in the NCAA Division I semifinals with a 28-8 record. The quarterback of the offense led Minnesota to one of the country's best team hitting percentages and ranks among the national leaders in assists per set. This is her second AVCA All-America nod.

 

Aneli Cubi-Otineru, a 5-11 outside hitter for the University of Hawai'i, is a senior from Hale'iwa, O'ahu. Cubi-Otineru has propelled the Rainbow Wahine to a place in the NCAA Division I semifinals with a 31-3 record.  The three-time All-WAC First-Team recipient is ranked in the top-20 nationally in aces per set, while sitting among the nation's best in kills and points per set. Cubi-Otineru is a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

Meagan Dooley, a 6-1 middle blocker for the University of Pittsburgh, is a senior from West Chester, Ohio. Named the BIG EAST Player of the Year and also a unanimous All-BIG EAST First-Team selection, Dooley guided the Panthers to a 20-11 record and a tie for second  place in the league standings. Ranked in the nation's top-10 in blocks per set and top-20 in points per set, this is Dooley's first career AVCA All-America honor.

 

Neticia Enesi, a 6-1 middle blocker for the University of Oregon, is a senior from The Dalles, Ore. Enesi, a two-time All-Pac-10 honoree, heped the Ducks reach the NCAA Division I Tournament in 2009 with a 20-10 record. She owned one of the country's top-20 hitting percentages and was also a national leader in blocks per set. This is Enesi's second AVCA All-America mention, as she was a Second-Team recipient in 2008.

 

Juliann Faucette, a 6-2 outside hitter for The University of Texas, is a junior from San Diego, Calif. Faucette was a force for the Longhorns this season, sitting among the national leaders in hitting percentage, kills and points per set. The All-Big 12 First-Team selection has helped  Texas earn a repeat spot in the NCAA Division I semifinals and lay claim on the Big 12 Championship. This is Faucette's second AVCA All-America nod, as she also garnered First-Team honors in 2007.

 

Lindsay Fletemier, a 6-6 middle blocker for the University of Dayton, is a junior from Garden City, Mich. Named the Co-Atlantic-10 Player of the Year in 2009, Fletemier was the backbone of Dayton's offense, ranking among the nation's elite in hitting percentage and blocks. Fletemier, who was also an Atlantic-10 First-Team selection and helped the Flyers to an appearance in the NCAA Division I Tournament, is a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

Jenna Hagglund, a 5-10 setter for the University of Washington, is a junior from West Chester, Ohio. Hagglund, an All-Pac-10 honoree in 2009, sparked the Huskies to a 24-6 record, second-place Pac-10 finish and spot in the NCAA Division I Tournament. Hagglund helped Washington to the sixth-best team hitting percentage in the nation and ranked among the top-20 in assists per set. She is picking up her second AVCA All-America honor, as she was also a Third-Team mention in 2008.

 

Victoria Henson, a 5-11 outside hitter for Iowa State University, is a senior from Leavenworth, Kan. Henson, a force for the Cyclones in 2009, was among the nation's best in kills and points per set, while propelling ISU to a second-place Big-12 finish and spot in the NCAA Division I Omaha Regional semifinal. The All-Big 12 First-Team selection earns her first AVCA All-America distinction.

 

Alex Jupiter, a 6-3 outside hitter for the University of Southern California, is a sophomore from Hermosa Beach, Calif. Jupiter was a key player for the Trojan's offense this season and sat among the top-15 nationally in both kills and points per set. Jupiter, an All-Pac-10 honoree in 2009, is now a first-time AVCAAll-American.

 

Juliana Paz, a 6-2 outside hitter for the University of Michigan, is a junior from Porto Allegre, Brazil. The All-Big 10 selection was a big factor in Michigan's march to the NCAA Division I Stanford Regional final, helping the Wolverines to a 27-10 record along the way. Nationally-ranked in aces, kills and points per set, this is Paz's first AVCA All-America nod.

 

Serinity Phillips, a 5-11 right side hitter for the University of Notre Dame, is a senior from Valley Center, Calif. Phillips helped the Fighting Irish re-emerge on the national scene in 2009, as the squad, with her help, captured the BIG EAST Championship and earned a berth in the NCAA Division I Tournament with a 22-6 record. Phillips, an All-BIG EAST First-Team recipient was ranked nationally in blocks, points and kills per set. This is her first AVCA All-America plaudit.

 

 

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