2010 AVCA Division II All-America Teams

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2010 AVCA Division II All-America Teams
 

 

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

 

Exactly two-thirds (28) of the athletes honored on the AVCA All-America teams in 2010 are first-time recipients of the award. Headlining this year's selections is University of Tampa outside hitter Melissa Vanderhall, who earns her third-straight First-Team mention.  Joining Vanderhall as repeat First-Team selections are Jane Chafeh (California State University San Bernardino) and Meghan Sherman (University of Tampa).

 

The 2010 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; Jeff Boyland, University of Central Oklahoma;  Shelton Collier, Wingate University; Debbie Hendricks, Metropolitan State College; ; Stephanie Radecki, University of North Alabama; Deanne Scanlon, Grand Valley State University and Gail Wasmus, New York Institute of Technology.

     

2010 AVCA Division II First-Team All-America

 

    Megan Carlson %

Concordia University-St. Paul

OH

Jr.

5'9

Andover, Minnesota

    Jane Chafeh *

California State Univ. San Bernardino

OH

Sr.

5'10

Fontana, California

    Ashlee Crowder &

Hillsdale College

OH

Jr.

6'0

Jenison, Michigan

    Devin Diedrich &

Southwest Minnesota State University

MB

Jr.

6'0

Braham, Minnesota

    Rachel Fister

University of Central Missouri

DS/Lib.

Sr.

5'9

Labadie, Missouri

    Allison Gotz

Western Washington University

DS/Lib.

Sr.

5'3

Bothell, Washington

    Cassie Haag

Concordia University-St. Paul

MB

So.

5'11

Plymouth, Minnesota

    Brittney Miller

Emporia State University

RS/Opp.

Sr.

5'10

Paola, Kansas

    Samantha Middleborn %

California State Univ. San Bernardino

MB

Sr.

6'1

Rialto, California

    Rebeccah Rapin

Grand Valley State University

MB

Sr.

6'1

Saginaw, Michigan

    Meghan Sherman *

University of Tampa

S

Sr.

5'10

Ponte Verda, Florida

    Julia Teixeira

Barry University

OH

Sr.

6'3

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Melissa Vanderhall *$

University of Tampa

OH

Sr.

5'8

Hempstead, New York

    Jeri Walkowiak $

University of Nebraska Kearney

MB

Sr.

5'11

Grand Island, Nebraska   



2010 AVCA Division II Second-Team All-America

    

Julia Bates

University of Central Missouri

S

Fr.

6'0

Leavenworth, Kansas

Arielle Goodson

Ferris State University

MB

Sr.

6'2

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Jennifer Hefner %

Wayne State College (Neb.)

MB

Sr.

6'1

Archer, Nebraska

Amanda Konetchy

Concordia University-St. Paul

S

Fr.

5'7

Victoria, Minnesota

Nikki Lowell

Seattle Pacific University

MB

Fr.

5'10

Claremont, California

Maggie McGovern

Rockhurst University

OH

Sr.

6'3

Kansas City, Missouri

Sarah Mendoza

Rollins College

OH

Sr.

5'11

Winter Park, Florida

Nicole Moore

California State Univ. San Bernardino

OH

Sr.

6'0

Lancaster, California

Cheneta Morrison *

University of Indianapolis

S

Sr.

5'8

Fort Wayne, Indiana

Emily Palkert *$

Concordia University-St. Paul

MB

Sr.

5'11

Excelsior, Minnesota

Lacy Redwine

Lynn University

DS/Lib.

Sr.

5'10

New Braunfels, Texas

Rachel Ruedi

Lewis University

S

Sr.

5'11

Mahomet, Illinois

Danielle Selkridge

University of Tampa

MB

So.

6'2

Tortola, Virgin Islands

Cola Svec

University of Nebraska Kearney

S

Sr.

5'8

Elkhorn, Nebraska

    

2010 AVCA Division II Third-Team All-America

 

Keysha Allison

Wheeling Jesuit University

S/RS

Sr.

5'10

Millersburg, Ohio

Amanda Beekman

Minnesota State University, Mankato

OH

Sr.

6'0

Marshall, Minnesota

Brooke Burmeister

Southwest Minnesota State University

OH

So.

5'10

Lakefield, Minnesota

Stormi Gale &

Wingate University

MB

Sr.

6'0

Richmond, Texas

Mary Groth

Southwest Minnesota State University

MB

So.

6'1

West Bend, Wisconsin

Paula Harris

University of Central Missouri

MB

Jr.

6'1

Conway Springs, Kansas

Lauren Huber

Florida Southern College

MB

Jr.

5'10

Charlotte, North Carolina

Kayla Koenecke

Concordia University-St. Paul

RS/Opp.

Fr.

5'9

Delano, Minnesota

Clara Leutheuser

Hillsdale College

MB

Jr.

6'1

Hillsdale, Michigan

Ting Liu $

Emporia State University

S

Sr.

6'1

Beijing, China

Maja Potpara &

Dowling College

S/RS

Jr.

6'0

Pljevlja, Montenegro

Megan Sharpe

Truman State University

MB

So.

5'11

Edwardsville, Illinois

Camille Smith

California State Univ. San Bernardino

S

So.

5'9

Norco, California

Devon Woolard

Lynn University

S

Sr.

5'8

Delray Beach, Florida

 

* indicates 2009 AVCA First-Team All-America selection

% indicates 2009 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection

& indicates 2009 AVCA Third-Team All-America selection

$ 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 Second-Team All-America selection

 

2010 AVCA Division II Freshman of the Year: Amanda Konetchy, Concordia University St. Paul, S

2010 AVCA Division II Player of the Year: announced December 1, 2010

 

 

2010 AVCA Division II Honorable Mention All-America

Kellie Bartman (Clarion, OH, Jr.)

Roxanne Brunsting (UC San Diego, OH/S, Jr.)

Lyndsay Callahan (Indianapolis, DS/Lib., Sr.)

Cara Carson (Southwest Minnesota State, S, Jr.)

Kaleigh Cunningham (Tampa, OH, Sr.)

Sydney Dow (Hillsdale, DS/Lib., Sr.)

Rheann Fall (Cal State Monterey Bay, OH, Jr.)

Xuan  Gao (Lock Haven, OH, So.)

Abby  Gruenbacher (Central Missouri, RS/Opp., Sr.)

Katlyn Heiserman (Nebraska-Kearney, DS/Lib., Sr.)

Anna  Herold (Seattle Pacific, DS/Lib., Jr.)

Julie Howlett (Tampa, DS/Lib., Jr.)

Allie Huffman (Central Missouri, OH, Jr.)

Emily Jepsen (Western Washington, MB, Jr.)

Patrycja Klekotka (Dowling, RS/Opp., Sr.)

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

Katie Kuffel (Minnesota-Duluth, RS/Opp., Sr.)

Cortney Lundberg (Alaska-Anchorage, MB, Sr.)

Sam Macks (Tampa, MB, Sr.)

Sara Malmlov (New Haven, OH, Sr.)

Terry Masava (Bridgeport, OH, Sr.)

Bri Morley (Metro State, OH, Jr.)

Agatha Mukisa-Baliddawa (Bridgeport, MB, Sr.)

Bradye Peniston (Central Missouri, MB, So.)

Keala Peterson (Sonoma State, OH, Jr.)

Sarah Roberts (North Alabama, MB, Sr.)

Ashlee Russell (Missouri Southern State, OH, Sr.)

Katarzyna Sak (Wayne State [Mich.], MB, So.)

Lauren Seliga (Lewis, OH, Sr.)

Molly  Smith (Washburn, DS/Lib., Sr.)

Kady Try (Central Washington, OH, Sr.)

Sarah Von Lienen (Arkansas Tech, MB, Sr.)

Meg  Weathersby (Flagler, MB, Sr.)

 

 

2010 AVCA Division II First-Team All-America

 

Megan Carlson, a 5-9 outside hitter for Concordia University-St. Paul, is a junior from Andover, Minn. The two-time First-Team All-NSIC honoree helped guide the Golden Bears to their fourth consecutive NCAA Central Region championship. This marks the second time Carlson receives AVCA All-America honors, the first coming in 2009.

 

Jane Chafeh, a 5-10 outside hitter for California State University San Bernardino, is a senior from Fontana, Calif. Ranked among the top in the nation for kills per set, Chafeh assisted in guiding the Golden Bears to their fourth straight NCAA West Region title. A 2010 First-Team All-CCAA selection, this is the second consecutive year Chafeh has received AVCA First-Team All America honors.

 

Ashlee Crowder, a 6-0 outside hitter for Hillsdale College, is a junior from Jenison, Mich. Named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Crowder leads the Chargers in kills and is ranked among the top in the nation in kills per set. An All-GLIAC First-Team pick, Crowder is receiving AVCA All-America honors for the second time.

 

Devin Diedrich, a 6-0 middle blocker for Southwest Minnesota State University, is a junior from Braham, Minn. A previous NSIC Offensive Player of the Year and two-time All-NSIC honoree, Diedrich assisted the Mustangs all the way to the NCAA Central Region semifinals. Diedrich is ranked among the top in the nations for kills per set and hitting percentage and is the eighth player in the school's history to exceed the 1,000 mark for kills. This marks the second time Diedrich has received AVCA All-America honors.

 

Rachel Fister, a 5-9 libero for the University of Central Missouri, is a senior from Labadie, Mo. Ranked among the top in the nation for digs per set, Fister guided the Jennies to the 2010 MIAA title and the NCAA South Central Region championship. An All-MIAA First-Team selection, this is the first time Fister has received AVCA All-America honors.

 

Allison Gotz, a 5-3 libero for Western Washington University, is a senior from Bothell, Wash. Ranked among the top in the nation for digs per set, Gotz finished out the season ranked second in career digs for WWU's program. An All-GNAC First-Team pick, this is Gotz's first AVCA All-America award.

 

Cassie Haag, a 5-11 middle blocker for Concordia University-St. Paul, is a sophomore from Plymouth, Minn. Ranked among the top in the nation for hitting percentage, Haag assisted the Golden Bears in earning their fourth straight trip to the NCAA quarterfinals. An All-NSIC First-Team selection, this is the first time Haag has received AVCA All-America honors.

 

Brittney Miller, a 5-10 right side hitter for Emporia State University, is a senior from Paola, Kan. Named the NCAA South Central Region and MIAA Player of the Year, Miller was ranked among the top in the nation and led the MIAA for hitting percentage and kills per set. Setting her mark at Emporia State, Miller finished her career ranked fourth all-time in kills for the program. A two-time All-MIAA First-Team selection, this is Miller's first time receiving AVCA All-American honors.

 

Samantha Middleborn, a 6-1 middle blocker for California State University San Bernardino, is a senior from Rialto, Calif. Ranked among the top in the nation for hitting percentage and blocks per set, Middleborn assisted the Coyotes in winning the NCAA West Region title. Named the Daktronics West Region Player of the Year along with earning the CCAA Most Valuable Player award, this marks Middleborn's second time receiving AVCA All-America honors.

 

Rebeccah Rapin, a 6-1 middle blocker for Grand Valley State University, is a senior from Saginaw, Mich. Ranked nationally in blocks per set and hitting percentage, Rapin topped GVSU as an all-time leader in blocks and block assists, while ranking in the top-10 in three other statistical categories. The Daktronics Midwest Region Player of the Year, this is the first time Rapin has received AVCA All-America honors.

 

Meghan Sherman, a 5-10 setter for the University of Tampa, is a senior from Ponte Verda, Fla. Sherman is ranked among the top in the nation for assists per set and assisted the Spartans in advancing the 2010 NCAA quarterfinals. An All-SSC First-Team selection, this is the second consecutive year that Sherman has receive AVCA First-Team All-America honors.

 

Julia Teixeira, a 6-3 outside hitter for Barry University, is a senior from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Named the Daktronics South Region Volleyball Player of the Year along with the SSC Player of the Year, Teixiera is ranked among the top in the nation for kills per set. After assisting the Bucs to their first trip to the NCAA tournament since 2006, this marks the first time Teixeira has received AVCA All-America honors.  

 

Melissa Vanderhall, a 5-8 outside hitter from the University of Tampa, is a senior from Hempstead, N.Y. The First-Team All-SSC selection is ranked among the tops of the Sunshine State Conference in kills per set.  After propelling the Spartans to both the SSC and NCAA South Region titles, this marks the third consecutive season Vanderhall has received AVCA First-Team All-America honors.

 

Jeri Walkowiak, a 5-11 middle blocker for the University of Nebraska Kearney, is a senior from Grand Island, Neb. Named the 2010 RMAC Player of the Year and a First-Team All-RMAC selection, Walkowiak is ranked among the top in the nation for hitting percentage and kills per set. Also tabbed the Daktronics Central Region Player of the Year, this marks the second time Walkowiak has received AVCA All-America honors.

 

2010 AVCA Division II Second-Team All-America

 

Julia Bates, a 6-0 setter for the University of Central Missouri, is a freshman from Leavenworth, Kan.  Named to the NCAA South Central Region All-Tournament team, Bates ranks near the top-10 in the nation in assists per game while leading the Jennies to the NCAA Championship round of eight for the first time since 1996.  She takes home AVCA Second-Team All-America honors in her first year playing collegiate volleyball.

 

Arielle Goodson, a 6-2 middle blocker for Ferris State University, is a senior from Grand Rapids, Mich.  She ranks nationally in the top-20 in kills per set and top-10 in points per set while accumulating over 1,000 kills in her career as a Bulldog.  This is the first time Goodson has been named an AVCA All-American.

 

Jennifer Hefner, a 6-1 middle blocker for Wayne State College (Neb.), is a senior from Archer, Neb.  She was named to an all-conference selection for the third consecutive season, ranking third in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action in blocks.  Hefner's play this year earned her a second straight placement on the AVCA All-America Second Team.

 

Amanda Konetchy, a 5-7 setter for Concordia University-St. Paul, is a freshman from Victoria, Minn.  She leads the nation in assists per set and was also named an All-NSIC performer in her rookie campaign.  Guiding her team to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament for the fourth consecutive season, this is her first AVCA All-America mention.

 

Nikki Lowell, a 5-10 middle blocker for Seattle Pacific University, is a freshman from Claremont, Calif.  Lowell became the best single-season hitter in program history finishing with a record .382 average.  She helped lead the Falcons to their first-ever regional final while tying the record win total in a single season. This marks her first AVCA All-America accolade.

 

Maggie McGovern, a 6-3 outside hitter for Rockhurst University, is a senior from Kansas City, Mo.  McGovern was the GLVC leader in kills and points while also being named to the All-GLVC First-Team for the second time in her career.  For her efforts, she has been named an AVCA All-American for the first time.

 

Sarah Mendoza, a 5-11 outside hitter for Rollins College, is a senior from Winter Park, Fla.  Mendoza ranks nationally in the top-10 in kills and notched a match-high 26 kills in Rollins's first-ever postseason win, leading them into the second round of the NCAA South Regional Tournament.  The former University of Kentucky athlete picks up her first AVCA Division II All-America honor.

 

Nicole Moore, a 6-0 outside hitter for California State University San Bernardino, is a senior from Lancaster, Calif.  Moore was named to the First-Team of the CCAA All-Conference team, ranking in the top-five in the league in hitting percentage and the top-10 in kills and blocks.  This marks the first AVCA All-America honor of her career.

 

Cheneta Morrison, a 5-8 setter for the University of Indianapolis, is a senior from Fort Wayne, Ind.  She was mentioned on the 2010 Daktronics, Inc. Division II Midwest Region Team in a year she finished in the top-10 of the GLVC in assists and ended her career in the top-10 in the program's history in digs and kills.  Morrison is earning AVCA All-America distinction for the second time.

 

Emily Palkert, a 5-11 middle blocker from Concordia-St. Paul, is a senior from Excelsior, Minn.  Palkert , an All-NSIC honoree, ranks in the top-five of the NSIC in hitting percentage, kills and points.  She was also named a Daktronics All-Central Region First-Team performer.  This marks the third consecutive year that Palkert has been named an AVCA All-American.

 

Lacy Redwine, a 5-10 libero from Lynn University, is a senior from New Braunfels, Texas.  She's nationally ranked in the top-10 in digs per set and earned a spot on the Sunshine State Conference First-Team by leading the conference in digs per set.  Earlier this year at Palm Beach Atlantic, Redwine recorded 35 digs, the Division II season-high for a three-set match.  This marks the first time Redwine was named as an AVCA All-American.

 

Rachel Ruedi, a 5-11 setter for Lewis University, is a senior from Mahomet, Ill.  Ruedi recorded well over 1,000 assists on the season and was named the 2010 GLVC Player of the Year.  She ranked nationally in assists per set and helped lead the Flyers to the GLVC Championship and their fifth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance.  Ruedi is a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

Danielle Selkridge, a 6-2 middle blocker for the University of Tampa, is a sophomore from Tortola, Virgin Islands.  She ranked first in the Sunshine State Conference in hitting percentage and finished conference play in the top-five in blocks while receiving First-Team honors on the 2010 All-Sunshine State Conference Volleyball Team.  As a result of her outstanding year, she was named an AVCA All-American for the first time.

 

Cola Svec, a 5-8 setter for the University of Nebraska Kearney, is a senior from Elkhorn, Neb.  She's nationally ranked in the top-five in assists per set and leads the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in assists and is in the top-20 in service aces and digs.  This is the first time she has been named an AVCA All-American.

 

2010 AVCA Division II Third-Team All-America  

Keysha Allison, a 5-10 setter/hitter for Wheeling Jesuit University, is a senior from Millersburg, Ohio. The All-WVIAC First-Team selection is ranked among the conference leaders in both assists and hitting percentage, as well as helped the Cardinals attain the WVIAC's highest team hitting percentage. Allison, who guided Wheeling Jesuit to the NCAA Atlantic Region semifinals, is a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

Amanda Beekman, a 6-0 outside hitter for Minnesota State University, is a senior from Marshall, Minn. An All-NSIC performer in 2010, Beekman ranked among the league's top-ten in kills and points per set, as well as hitting percentage. Beekman is receiving AVCA All-America honors for the first time.

 

Brooke Burmeister, a 5-10 outside hitter for Southwest Minnesota State University, is a sophomore from Lakefield, Minn. Ranked among the nation's best in kills per set, the All-NSIC performer also sat among the top-five in the league in kills and points per set. This marks the first time Burmeister has received AVCA All-America honors.

 

Stormi Gale, a 6-0 middle blocker for Wingate University, is a junior from Richmond, Texas. The SAC Player of the Year guided the Bulldogs to the NCAA Southeast Region championship with a 30-1 record and was ranked among the SAC leaders in kills, aces and blocks per set, as well as hitting percentage.  Gale receives AVCA All-America honors for the second time.

 

Mary Groth, a 6-1 middle blocker for Southwest Minnesota State University, is a sophomore from West Bend, Wis. Groth, a member of the NSIC All-Conference team, ranked in the top-25 nationally in kills per set, while sitting second in the league in both kills and points per set for the Mustangs. Groth is a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

Paula Harris, a 6-1 middle blocker for the University of Central Missouri, is a junior from Conway Springs, Kan. The First-Team All-MIAA selection helped propel the Jennies to a 31-4 record and a berth in the upcoming NCAA quarterfinals, while ranking fourth in the conference in hitting percentage. This marks the first time that Harris has been named an AVCA All-American.

 

Lauren Huber, a 5-10 middle blocker for the Florida Southern College, is a junior from Charlotte, N.C. Huber, a First-Team All-SSC performer, led the team in blocks and ranked nationally in hitting percentage, while keying the Mocs to a 21-9 season and a trip to the NCAA South Regional. Huber is receiving AVCA All-America honors for the first time.

 

Kayla Koenecke, a 5-9 right side hitter for Concordia University-St. Paul, is a freshman from Delano, Minn. Koenecke made a big impact for the Golden Bears in her rookie campaign, ranking second in the conference and also among the national leaders in hitting percentage, en route to garnering NSIC All-Conference honors. Koenecke earns her first AVCA All-America honor.

 

Clara Leutheuser, a 6-1 middle blocker for the Hillsdale College, is a junior from Hillsdale, Mich. Ranked among the national leaders in both blocks per set and hitting percentage, Leutheuser earned First-Team All-GLIAC honors while keying the Chargers to the GLIAC Tournament Championship. Leutheuser, the MVP of the GLIAC Tournament, is picking up her first AVCA All-America honor.

 

Ting Liu, a 6-1 setter for Emporia State University, is a senior from Bejing, China. Liu had a memorable campaign, breaking the MIAA career assists record, while ranking first in the conference in assists per set and guiding the team to one of the league's top-three hitting percentages. Liu, a First-Team All-MIAA selection, is now a two-time AVCA All-American.

 

Maja Potpara, a 6-0 setter for Dowling College, is a junior from Pljevlja, Montenegro. The three-time ECC Player of the Year helped lead the Golden Lions to the 2010 NCAA Division II East Regional championship and berth in the national quarterfinals with a 30-1 record. Potpara ranked among the conference leaders in nearly every statistical category and also ranked among the top-ten nationally in aces per set. She is receiving AVCA All-America honors for the second time.

 

Megan Sharpe, a 5-11 middle blocker for Truman State University, is a sophomore from Edwardsville, Ill. Sharpe, a First-Team All-MIAA honoree, ranked sixth in the league in hitting percentage and fourth in blocks, while keying the Bulldogs to a spot in the NCAA tournament.  Sharpe is receiving AVCA All-America honors for the first time after being named the AVCA Division II Freshman of the Year one seaason ago.

 

Camille Smith, a 5-9 setter for California State University San Bernardino, is a sophomore from Norco, Calif.  Smith, who guided CSUSB to the NCAA West Region title, sat atop the CCAA in assists per set and helped the Coyotes to the league's best team hitting percentage. The Second-Team All-CCAA selection picks up her first AVCA All-America award.

 

Devon Woolard, a 5-8 setter for Lynn University, is a senior from Delray Beach, Fla. A Second-Team All-SSC honoree, Woolard led the Fighting Knights to a spot in the NCAA South Regional with a 21-10 record, while ranking among the conference's best in assists per set. Woolard is a first-time AVCA All-American.

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