2011 AVCA Division I All-America Teams

12/14/2011

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2011 AVCA Division I All-America Teams

 

San Antonio, Texas (December 14, 2011) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce the 31st annual AVCA Division I All-America Teams for women's volleyball. The awards will be presented Dec. 16, 2011, in San Antonio, Texas at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet presented by Zamst. The event is held in conjunction with the 2011 AVCA Convention.

 

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. 16 at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet presented by Zamst.

 

University of Hawaii outside hitter Kanani Danielson and University of Florida setter/hitter Kelly Murphy headline this year's selections, as they were the only four-time AVCA All-America honorees on any of the three teams. Repeat First-Team selections from a season ago include USC outside hitter Alex Jupiter and University of Texas middle blocker Rachael Adams.

 

Of all of the First-Team honorees, exactly half are first-time All-American recipients.  Through all three teams, exactly 14 have garnered All-American awards prior to 2011.  

 

The selections were made by the AVCA Division I All-America Committee: Santiago Restrepo, Oklahoma; Sherry Dunbar, Indiana; Lisa Seifert, Southern Methodist; Claire Lessinger, Southern Methodist; Jennifer Greeny, Washington State; Craig Skinner, Kentucky; Jeff Nelson, New Mexico; Tonya Johnson, Georgia Tech.  The AVCA Awards Chair is Dayton head volleyball coach Kelly Sheffield.

 

 

 

2011 AVCA DIVISION I FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICA

 

Name   School Position Year Height Hometown
Kelly Murphy*@+ University of Florida S/H SR 6'2 Wilmington, IL
Deja McClendon^ Penn State University OH SO 6'1 Louisville, KY
Gina Mancuso University of Nebraska  OH JR 6'1 Omaha, NE
Kanani Danielson*$+ University of Hawaii OH SR 5'10 Ewa Beach, HI
Alex Jupiter*% University of Southern California OH SR 6'3 Paris, France
Rachel Kidder UCLA OH JR 6'3 Moorpark, CA
Natalie Hagglund University of Southern California L/DS SO 5'9 Encinitas, CA
Colleen Ward^ University of Illinois OH SR 6'2 Naperville, IL
Ariel Turner Purdue University OH JR 6'1 Highlands Ranch, CO
Rachael Adams* University of Texas MB SR 6'2 Cincinnati, OH
Alison Landwehr Iowa State University S JR 6'0 St. Louis, MO
Kim Hill Pepperdine University RS/Opp. SR 6'4 Portland, OR
Kendall Bateman^ University of Southern California S SR 5'11 Manhattan Beach, CA
Bailey Webster University of Texas OH SO 6'3 Baltimore, MD
   

 

 

2011 AVCA DIVISION I SECOND-TEAM ALL-AMERICA


Name   School Position Year Height Hometown
Bianca Rowland University of Washington MB SR 6'0 Lynnwood, WA
Tyler Henderson^ University of Tulsa OH JR 5'10 Oklahoma City, OK
Ashley Wittman University of Minnesota OH SO 6'0 Shakopee, MN
Kelsey Robinson University of Tennessee OH SO 6'2 Bartlett, IL
Kristy Jaeckel University of Florida OH SR 6'2 Littleton, CO
Lane  Carico# University of Miami OH SR 5'11 Manhattan Beach, CA
Emily Hartong University of Hawaii MB SO 6'2 Los Alamitos, CA
Tarah  Murrey* University of California OH SR 6'3 El Cerrito, CA
Bre Payton^ University of Northern Iowa S SR 5'8 Waterloo, IA
Katie Slay Penn State University MB SO 6'6 Raleigh, NC
Haley Eckerman University of Texas OH FR 6'3 Waterloo, IA
Carly Jenson Iowa State University OH SR 5'10 Omaha, NE
Jekaterina Stepanova Florida State University OH SR 6'2 Riga, Latvia
Stephanie Klefot University of Kentucky L/DS JR 5'6 Louisville, KY
 

 

 

2011 AVCA DIVISION I THIRD-TEAM ALL-AMERICA

 

Name   School Position Year Height Hometown
Lauren Wicinski Northern Illinois University OH SO 6'1 Geneva, IL
Lola Arslanbekova University of Louisville OH JR 5'11 Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Megan Campbell University of Dayton MB SO 6'1 Versailles, OH
Alaina Bergsma University of Oregon OH JR 6'3 Chandler, AZ
Ariel Scott Penn State University RS/Opp. SO 6'4 Ridgewood, NJ
Lauren Williams# University of Southern California MB SR 6'4 Houston, TX
Katelyn Steffan  Colorado State University OH SR 6'4 Dickinson, ND
Jenilee Rathje Michigan State University OH SR 5'11 Mount Pleasant, MI
Megan Plourde Colorado State University MB JR 6'3 Somerset, WI
Brianne Barker# University of Oklahoma S SR 5'9 Amarillo, TX
Michelle Bartsch# University of Illinois OH SR 6'3 Maryville, IL
Lucy Charuk University of Houston MB SR 6'2 Tswwassen, British Columbia
Lisa Henning University of Missouri OH SO 6'1 Blue Springs, MO
Kim Maroon Villanova University L/DS SR 5'8 Virginia Beach, VA

* indicates 2010 AVCA First-Team All-America selection
^ indicates 2010 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection
# indicates 2010 AVCA Third-Team All-America selection
$ 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 Third-Team All-America selection
 

2011 Division I AVCA Freshman of the Year: Haley Eckerman, Texas, OH
2011 Division I AVCA Player of the Year: Announced at AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet presented by Zamst on Dec. 16, 2011

 


2011 AVCA Division I Honorable Mention All-America

Name   School Position Year
Hannah Werth University of Nebraska  OH JR
Lauren Plum University of Oregon S SO
Emily Danks Ohio State University RS/Opp. JR
Chaniel Nelson University of North Carolina RS/Opp. RS Fr.
Morgan Broekhuis University of Nebraska  RS/Opp. SO
Kristen Hahn Iowa State University L/DS SO
Laurie Gonzalez University of Albany L/DS SR
Rachel Vukson University of Central Florida S SR
Lauren Cook University of Nebraska  S JR
Kellie Woolever Pepperdine University S SO
Sallie McLaurin University of Oklahoma MB SO
Brittany Hewitt University of Hawaii MB JR
Kelsey Black Texas A&M University OH SR
Suzy Boulavsky University of Oklahoma RS/Opp. SR
Krista DeGeest University of Northern Iowa MB JR
Lindsey Miller Texas A&M University MB JR
Kaitlynn Pelger Kansas State University MB SO
Jamie Straube Iowa State University MB JR
Sandra Adeleye Clemson University MB JR
Cara Baarendse Virginia Tech MB JR
Ali Becker University of Miami MB SR
Kellie Catanach Duke University S SR
Visnja Djurdjevic Florida State University OH SR
Katie Gallagher University of Miami S SR
Kaylie Gibson University of North Carolina L/DS SR
Christiana  Gray Duke University MB JR
Ali McCurdy Duke University L/DS SO
Emily McGee University of North Carolina OH JR
Monique Mead Georgia Tech RS/Opp. JR
Ashley Neff Florida State University MB SO
Tori Dixon University of Minnesota MB SO
Tiffany Fisher Purdue University MB SR
Kristin Hoffman Northern Illinois University S SR
Mari Hole Ohio State University OH JR
Jessica Adams University of Tulsa L/DS JR
Nancy Cole Rice University MB JR
Angelica Crump University of Central Florida OH SO
Kasey Elswick University of Tennessee at Martin L/DS JR
Altrese Hawkins University of Memphis OH JR
Megan Murphy Rice University OH H
Rachel Neuberger University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee MB SO
Taylor Root Valparaiso University L/DS JR
Sam Serley University of Alabama at Birmingham MB JR
Kelsea Seymour  University of Southern Mississippi S SR
Kerri Schuh University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee RS/Opp. SR
Diana Silva University of Tulsa OH JR
Taylor Brauneis University of Louisville S SO
Sarah Brown Xavier University OH SO
Danielle Carlson Marquette University MB JR
Melissa  Harpenau University of Cincinnati OH SR
Chelsea Heier Marquette University S FR
Ciara Jones Marquette University OH SR
Rachel Krabacher University of Dayton OH JR
Kiesha Leggs University of Pittsburgh MB SR
Kendall Polan Yale University S/H SO
Jordanne Scott University of Cincinnati RS/Opp. JR
Samantha Selsky  University of Dayton S JR
Chloe Ferrari University of San Diego MB SO
Meagan Ganzer Washington State University OH SR
Jennifer Hamson Brigham Young University RS/Opp. SO
Rachel Williams Stanford University OH SO
Carly Wopat Stanford University MB SO
Ashley Adams Middle Tennessee State University OH JR
Whitney Billings University of Kentucky RS/Opp. SO
Leslie Cikra University of Tennessee RS/Opp. JR
DeeDee Harrison University of Tennessee MB JR
Christine Hartmann University of Kentucky S JR
Elizabeth Neisler Samford University OH JR
Mary Pollmiller University of Tennessee S FR
Jordyn Skinner Western Kentucky University OH JR
Melanie Stutsman Western Kentucky University S SO
Regina Thomas University of Mississippi MB SR
Allison Buck University of New Mexico L/DS SR
Jennah DeVries New Mexico State University S SR
Haleigh Hampton Long Beach State University MB SO
Andrea Hannasch San Diego State University MB JR
Jennifer Keddy Cal Poly MB SR
Caitlin Ledoux Long Beach State University OH SR
Chelsey Lowe UC Santa Barbara L/DS SR
Jodi Purdy University of Wyoming OH JR
Ashley Rhoades University of New Mexico MB SR
Stacey Schmidt UC Santa Barbara RS/Opp. SR

 

AVCA First-Team All-America

 

Kelly Murphy, a 6'2 setter/hitter for the University of Florida, is a senior from Wilmington, Illinois. A standout athlete for a talented Gators squad, Murphy enjoyed another remarkable season in 2011. She recorded 603 assists and 243 kills in addition to 56 blocks for her team during the regular season. Murphy was named to the All-SEC First-Team after finishing third in the conference in service aces and sixth in hitting percentage. She will wrap up her career ranking in the top-10 all-time at Florida in kills, points, assists, service aces and hitting percentage and helped the Gators reach the Elite Eight this season. Murphy was named the AVCA Freshman of the Year in 2008, as an AVCA Second-Team All-American in 2009 and was an AVCA First-Team All-American in 2010.

 

Deja McClendon, a 6'1 outside hitter for Penn State University, is a sophomore from Louisville, Kentucky. McClendon followed up a stellar freshman season with an impressive sophomore outing, caped off by a unanimous selection to the Big Ten All-Conference First-Team. McClendon started every match at outside hitter for the Nittany Lions and ended the regular season with an average of 3.55 kills per set, leading her team with more than 420 total kills. She also averaged 2.01 digs per set and recorded 61 blocks on the year, all while helping her team to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. She was an AVCA Second-Team All-American last season in addition to being named the AVCA Division I Freshman of the Year.

 

Gina Mancuso, a 6'1 outside hitter for the University of Nebraska, is a junior from Omaha, Nebraska. Mancuso was poised for a breakout season in 2011 and the results didn't disappoint. She was named an unanimous All-Big Ten First-Team pick. During the season, she led the Huskers in kills, totaling 407 of them for an average of 3.60 kills per set, as well as notching 2.66 digs per set. Her efficiency kept her ranked in the top ten in her conference for total kills during the entire season. She notched at least ten kills in 25 regular-season matches during 2011 and posted a career-high 24 kills against Colorado State. This is her first AVCA All-American honor.

 

Kanani Danielson, a 5'10 outside hitter for the University of Hawai'i, is a senior from Ewa Beach, Hawai'i. In 2011, Danielson became just the third player in WAC history to earn Conference Player of the Year honors three times. She posted a conference-leading 15 double-doubles in the regular season, and recorded her 20th of the year in a defeat of Colorado State in the NCAA tournament. She finished 2011 ranking in the top 40 nationally in points per set and in the top 50 nationally in kills per set. She was also given All-WAC honors for the fourth year this season. She was an AVCA Third-Team All-American in 2008 and was named to the First-Team in both 2009 and 2010.

 

Alex Jupiter, a 6'3 outside hitter for the University of Southern California, is a senior from Paris, France. Earlier this season, Jupiter became only the third player from USC to win Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year honors. She finished the regular season averaging 4.45 kills per set and notching a hitting percentage of .276. She also recorded 267 digs and 51 blocks. In addition, she tied for first among all Pac-12 players for points and ranked first in aces. Overall, she ranked fifth nationally in kills and set school records for kills and points in a career. She was named an AVCA Third-Team All-American in 2009 and was placed on the first-team in 2010.

 

Kendall Bateman, a 5'11 setter for the University of Southern California, is a senior from Manhattan Beach, Calif. Bateman racked up 1,330 assists on the season, averaging 11.98 assists per set on her way to earning the honor as Pac-12 Conference Setter of the Year. Her assist per set mark was first in the Pac-12 and third in the nation. This is Kendall's second consecutive season earning AVCA All-America honors after being named to the second-team in 2010.

Bailey Webster, a 6'3 outside hitter for the University of Texas, is a sophomore from Baltimore, Maryl. Webster notched 307 kills and had an attacking percentage of 0.340 on her way to winning Big 12 Player of the Year. She also helped the Longhorns to a Big 12 title and an overall number 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, finishing with a 15-1 conference record and a 25-5 overall record. This is Webster's first time earning honors as an AVCA All-American.

 

Rachael Kidder, a 6'3 outside hitter for UCLA, is a junior from Moorpark, Calif.  Kidder earned All-Pac-12 first-team honors leading the Bruins with 4.63 kills per set while also averaging 1.95 digs per set.  The California native ranks among the top players nationally in kills and points per set.  She has eight matches this season with at least 20 kills and 30 double-figure kills contests. Kidder was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week twice this season on Sept. 5 and Oct. 31.  This marks her first AVCA All-American appearance. 

 

Natalie Hagglund, a 5'9 libero for the University of Southern California, is a sophomore from Encinitas, Calif.  Hagglund has 565 digs this season, ranking her nationally and third amongst Pac-12 Conference players.  She has a 5.09 digs per set average in conference play this season, and tied the school record for most digs in a three-set match with 30 digs against then-No. 4 Washington.  For her efforts, she was named the 2012 Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year.  Hagglund is now a first-time AVCA All-American recipient.   

 

Colleen Ward, a 6'2 outside hitter for the University of Illinois, is a senior from Naperville, Ill. Ward, an all-Big Ten performer as well, also has topped the 1,500 kills mark for her career combining her numbers at both Florida and Illinois. She also recorded double-digits in kills in 30 of 35 matches with 19 double-doubles.  After being named to the second-team a year ago, this is her second consecutive AVCA All-American appearance.

 

Ariel Turner, a 6'1 outside hitter for Purdue University, is a junior from Highlands Ranch, Colo.  Turner, the Big Ten Player of the Year, AVCA National Player of the Week, Nov. 1 and a five-time Big Ten Player of the Week honoree ranks in the top five nationally and leads the team and Big Ten in kills per set (5th, 4.84).  The CoSIDA Academic All-District V first team and Academic All-Big Ten selection also averages 2.84 digs per set, second most on the team.  Turner makes her first appearance as an AVCA All-American.

 

Rachael Adams, a 6'2 middle blocker for the University of Texas, is a senior from Cincinnati, Ohio.  Her .387 hitting percentage ranked nationally and second in the Big 12, while her 1.18 blocks per set were third in the league.  In her final season in burnt orange, Adams had a last career match to remember in their loss to UCLA in the Elite Eight.  Against the Bruins, the Ohio native tied her career-high with 19 kills, hit a team-best .412 and added five total blocks.  This is her second straight year earning AVCA First-Team All-American honors.

 

Alison Landwehr, a 6'0 setter for Iowa State University, is a junior from St. Louis, Missouri. Landwehr averaged a Big 12-best 11.77 assists per set in conference play in just her second season as the starting setter for the Cyclones. Alison set her team to a 25-6 record and a second-place finish in the Big 12 before eventually falling in the NCAA Tournament regional finals to Florida State University. This is Alison's first honor from the AVCA as an All-American.

 

Kim Hill, a 6'4 right side hitter for Pepperdine University, is a senior from Portland, Ore. Hill was an all-around player for the Waves averaging stats of 3.93 kills per set, 2.34 digs per set, 0.82 blocks per set, and 0.26 service aces per set. She was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week four times throughout the season and also earned the honor of WCC Player of the year. Kim helped her team to a 25-7 record and an Elite Eight finish in the NCAA Tournament. This is Kim's first time earning AVCA All-America accolades after earning honorable mention recognition in both 2010 and 2009.


AVCA Second-Team All-America

 

Bianca Rowland, a 6'0 middle blocker for the University of Washington, is a senior from Lynnwood, Wash.  Rowland averaged a career-best 1.50 blocks per set this season, second in the Pac-12, and her .354 attack percentage ranked fifth in the conference. She wound up third in career blocks at UW with 492, and second in career attack percentage at .387. After making AVCA All-American honorable mention the past two seasons, this is her first time appearing on an All-American team.

 

Tyler Henderson, a 5'10 outside hitter for the University of Tulsa, is a junior from Oklahoma City, Okla.  Henderson, ranks in the top-15 in the NCAA in kills per set (4.86) and points per set (5.11). She also ranks nationally in hitting percentage (.353) and led Conference USA in kills per set. She tallied double-digit kills in 30 matches and 20 or more kills eight times. She averaged at least four kills per set in 26 matches, and five kills per set in 16 matches.  Henderson has now earned AVCA Second-Team All-American honors for the second consecutive year.

 

Ashley Wittman, a 6'0 outside hitter for the University of Minnesota, is a sophomore from Shakopee, MN.  Ranked second in the Big Ten kill category, Wittman has 556 kills averaging 4.48 kills per set. A six-rotation player, Wittman has seen action in all 124 sets and also has 335 digs (2.70 digs per set), which ranks third on the team as does her 59 blocks.  This is her first AVCA All-American honor.

 

Kelsey Robinson, a 6'2 outside hitter for the University of Tennessee, is a sophomore from Bartlett, Ill.  The reigning 2011 SEC Player of the Year, Robinson was an integral part of program's first outright SEC title, as the squad's 19-1 mark against the league was the best in school history. Also an All-SEC First Team selection and team captain, she finished the year with an SEC-best 21 double-doubles.  She ranked nationally and led the conference in both kills (4.57 per set) and points (5.19).  Robinson is now a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

Kristy Jaeckel, a 6'2 outside hitter for the University of Florida, is a senior from Littleton, Colo.  Jaeckel's name is all over the Florida record books, as she ranks in the top-10 all-time in kills, attacks, points and solo blocks, and is just the ninth Gator in program history to reach 3,000 career attacks.  The 2011 SEC Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year, leads the Gators in kills (405), points and aces (49) on the season.  She made AVCA Honorable Mention All-American a year ago, making this her first All-American appearance.

 

Lane Carico, a 5'11 outside hitter for the University of Miami, is a senior from Manhattan Beach, Calif.  She is the UMiami all-time leader in kills (1,749) and points (1,973.5), as well as finishing her career second in digs (1,715) from her outside hitter position. She was a three-time member of the All-ACC Team, 2011 ACC Player of the Year and 2008 ACC Freshman of the Year. In 2011, Carico led the Canes in kills (403) and service aces (30), finishing second in digs (443) and leading the team in points (453).  Carico helped lead the Hurricanes to their first NCAA Tournament win since 2002, defeating Northern Illinois.  Carico makes the second-team after making the third-team a year ago.

 

Emily Hartong, a 6'2 middle blocker for the University of Hawaii, is a sophomore from Los Aiamitos, Calif.  She ranks nationally in hitting percentage (.369), and finished Western Athletic Conference play third in the same category.  The California native was also a force on the serve, finishing sixth in the WAC in service aces averaging 0.31 (45 overall) per set.  Hartong is now a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

Tarah Murrey, a 6'3 outside hitter for the University of California, is a senior from El Cerrito, California. In addition to her prowess on the court, Murrey is also a dedicated student, and was named as the Pac12 Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2011. She was also selected to the Pac-12 All-Conference First-Team, one of six Golden Bears to receive all-conference recognition. She was twice named as the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week and led her team during the season with 4.20 kills per set, helping her team to an at-large invitation to the NCAA tournament. Murrey was also tabbed as an AVCA First-Team All-American in 2010.

 

Bre Payton, a 5'8 setter for the University of Northern Iowa, is a senior from Waterloo, Iowa. Payton helped her team win a third consecutive MVC championship in 2011 and was named as the MVC Tournament MVP for her outstanding play, in addition to her being recognized as the MVC Player of the Year, her third consecutive year to win the honor. She led her team in assists in 2011 with well over 1,200, averaging 1.91 kills per set and leading her team with a hitting percentage of .351. She was named as an AVCA Second-Team All-American last season.  

 

Katie Slay, a 6'6 middle blocker for Penn State University, is a sophomore from Raleigh, North Carolina. Slay was tabbed as a preseason All-Big Ten selection and certainly lived up to expectations. During the regular season, she led the team in blocks with 170, twice garnering recognition as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. She averaged 1.43 blocks per set. Her .388 attack percentage was good enough for 15th nationally and was a team-best. This is her first AVCA All-American honor.

 

Haley Eckerman, a 6'3 outside hitter for the University of Texas, is a freshman from Waterloo, Iowa. In her first season of play with the Longhorns, Eckerman turned enough heads with her outstanding play to net her the Big 12 Freshman of the Year award. She is the fourth Texas player in the last six seasons to claim that honor. In 25 matches played, she averaged 3.53 kills per set by recording 318 total. Her hitting percentage was a consistent .255, and if she continues this pace through her career, she would be  ninth in Longhorn history in points per set. This is her first AVCA All-American award.

 

Carly Jenson, a 5'10 outside hitter for Iowa State University, is a senior from Omaha, Nebraska. Jenson concluded her career as a Cyclone in stellar fashion. She finished the regular season averaging 3.88 kills per set, ranking first on her team and third in the Big 12 conference. Jenson was the only Cyclone to play a full rotation in 2011, showcasing her versatility by recording an average of 3.25 dig per set. She also ended the year second in the league with an average of 0.28 service aces per set. This is her first AVCA All-American honor.

 

Jekaterina Stepanova, a 6'2 outside hitter for Florida State University, is a senior from Riga, Latvia. Everything came together for Stepanova in her senior season at FSU, and she has played a key role in the advancement of her team to the NCAA Final Four. For the regular season, she led the Seminoles in kills with 379 for an average of 3.27 per set, recording 15 double-doubles and 22 separate double-digit kill performances. She recorded a career-high 21 kills against Dayton on September 9. In 2009, Stepanova was named to the AVCA Two Year College All-American Team.

 

Stephanie Klefot, a 5'6 libero/defensive specialist for the University of Kentucky, is a junior from Louisville, Kentucky. Klefot's play was invaluable for the Wildcats, who advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in 2011. During the regular season, she recorded 587 digs, good enough to place her first for the highest total in a single-season in Kentucky history. She was recognized as the SEC Libero of the Year for the second straight year and averaged 4.81 digs per set prior to the postseason. She recorded 10 or more digs in every match except for one in 2011. This is her first AVCA All-American award.   

 


AVCA Third-Team All-America

 

Lauren Wicinski, a 6'1 outside hitter for Northern Illinois University, is a sophomore from Geneva, Ill.  In 2011, Wicinski is ranked first in the NCAA in kills per set (5.34) and points per set (6.18) while ranking third in aces per set (0.57).  Becoming the 18th member of NIU's 1,000 Kill Club, she needed just 54 matches to reach the milestone faster than anyone in MAC history.  She was an honorable mention a year ago, so she is now a first-time AVCA All-American recipient. 

 

Lola Arslanbekova, a 5'11 outside hitter for the University of Louisville, is a junior from Tashkent, Uzbekistan.  Arslanbekova was named BIG EAST Player of the Year and was one of two unanimous selections to the All-BIG EAST First Team.  She led the team with 566 kills (4.96/set) and 13 double-doubles and was second on the team with 283 digs (2.48/set). She is already fifth all-time in school history in kills and ranks third nationally in kills per set.  She makes All-American after two consecutive years as AVCA Honorable Mention.

 

Megan Campbell, a 6'1 middle blocker for the University of Dayton, is a sophomore from Versailles, Ohio.  Campbell is one of two players in the nation to rank in the top 15 in hitting percentage and blocks per set.  She is a four-time A-10 Defensive or Offensive Player of the Week and features 15 matches with five or more blocks. Her .412 hitting percentage is the second highest in program history during a single-season.  The Ohio native becomes an All-American for the first time.

 

Alaina Bergsma, a 6'3 outside hitter for the University of Oregon, is a junior from Chandler, Ariz.  Bergsma stood third in points (5.12 p/s) and kills (4.51 p/s) and fourth in aces (0.26 p/s) in the league, and 12th and 14th nationally, respectively, in the first two categories. She moved up the UO all-time season lists in points (second, 578.5) and kills (seventh, 510), and likewise stood top-10 on the Duck career charts in hitting (seventh, .250) and points (eighth, 937).  Bergsma is now a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

Ariel Scott, a 6'4 RS/Opp. for Penn State University, is a sophomore from Ridgewood, N.J.  Scott ranks second on the Nittany Lion team with 418 kills, averaging 3.54 kills per set. The Unanimous First Team All-Big Ten honoree is third on the team in blocks with 86 (0.73 blocks per set) and has also accumulated 143 digs (1.21 digs per set). Scott's 3.54 kills per set ranks 10th in the Big Ten.  In her second year at Penn State, she earns All-American honors for the first time.

 

Lauren Williams, a 6'4 middle blocker for the University of Southern California, is a senior from Houston, Texas.  She was a key factor in getting USC to the Final Four in San Antonio, Texas.  Williams ranks nationally in hitting percentage hitting at a .382 clip for the season, which is good for first on the Trojans of players with over 100 sets played.  The Texas native makes the third-team for the second consecutive year.

 

Katelyn Steffan, a 6'4 outside hitter for Colorado State University, is a senior from Dickinson, N.D.  Steffan, who was also named the 2011 Mountain West Player of the Year, saved her best performance for the final year of her career. Switching to the left side, she led all teammates and ranked second in the Mountain West in kills and points per set, while placing in the top-10 in blocks, and just outside the top-10 in service aces. As the captain and only senior on the team, she led CSU in kills 18 times, including a career-high 28 twice.   The North Dakota native is a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

Jenilee Rathje, a 5'11 outside hitter for Michigan State University, is a senior from Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Rathje will end her career at Michigan State as the schools leader in sets played (496) and matches played (142). She was named to the All-Big Ten team this season, becoming the seventh player from Michigan State to receive the honor in consecutive years. She also received the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for her outstanding character and leadership. This season, she led her team in kills, averaging over four per set, good enough to be ranked in the top 25 in the country. This is her first AVCA All-American honor.

 

Megan Plourde, a 6'3 middle blocker for Colorado State University, is a junior from Somerset, Wisconsin. Plourde has developed a reputation as one of the best blockers in the country, and she lived up to it in 2011. Heading into postseason play, she was leading the nation in blocks, averaging 1.71 blocks per set. She led her team in blocking on 22 occasions during the season. She is also a talented hitter, averaging 2.41 kills per set and hitting just above a .300 average. She earned her third All-Mountain West honor in 2011.  She was an AVCA All-American honorable mention winner in both 2009 and 2010.

 

Brianna Barker, a 5'9 setter for the University of Oklahoma, is a senior from Amarillo, Texas. As a setter, Barker helped lead her team to a .246 hitting percentage in the regular season. She averaged an impressive 10.43 assists per set. Thanks in no small part to Barker's excellent play, the Sooners hitting percentage ranked as it's highest since the 2006 season. She was named to the Big 12 All-Conference First-Team for the second consecutive season and recorded a team-best 21 double-doubles. She was named as an AVCA Third-Team All-American in 2010.

 

Michelle Bartsch, a 6'3 outside hitter for the University of Illinois, is a senior from Maryville, Illinois. A key member of an Illini team that is Final Four-bound, Bartsch earned MVP honors in three different tournaments this season. She finishes her career at Illinois ranking seventh in school history for career kills with 1,570 and second in attacks with 4,574. Prior to postseason play, she recorded 413 digs, the eighth-most by an Illinois player in a single season. Earlier this year, she recorded back-to-back 20-20 performances against Tennessee and Dayton. She was named as an AVCA All-America honorable mention winner in 2009 and was selected to be a Third-Team All-American in 2010.

 

Lucy Charuk, a 6'3 middle blocker for the University of Houston, is a senior from Tswwassen, British Columbia. Charuk will end her career at Houston as the all-time school leader in hitting percentage, ranking second in blocks and block assists, fifth in solo blocks and eighth in blocks per set. This season, she recorded double-digit kills in 22 matches and had at least 5 blocks in 19 matches. She was selected to the Conference USA All-Conference First-Team for the third straight year, totaling 159 blocks on the season and averaging 1.38 per set. She was named as an AVCA Honorable Mention All-American in both 2008 and 2010.

 

Lisa Henning, a 6'1 outside hitter for the University of Missouri, is a sophomore from Blue Springs, Missouri. Henning helped her team to an NCAA tournament appearance by recording a hitting percentage of .246 while also notching a team-best 33 service aces. In conference play, she led the Big 12 in kills per set with 4.65 and points per set with 5.16. On two separate occasions, she notched a Big 12-best 27 kills (against Baylor and Kansas). Overall, she recorded four of the top seven kills performances in the conference in 2011. In addition, she was the only Big 12 player to total 30 points in a match. She set the school record for kills in a season with 523. This is her first AVCA All-America honor.

 

Kim Maroon, a 5'8 libero/defensive specialist for Villanova University, is a senior from Virginia Beach, Virginia. It was a memorable year for Maroon, as she set a new NCAA record for digs per set, averaging 6.87 in the regular season. This was good enough for first in the NCAA, of course, and she also broke the Big East single-season record for digs by notching 749. She was tabbed as the Big East Libero of the Year for the second year in a row and was named to the All-Big East First-Team. She recorded 20 or more digs in a match on 20 separate occasions and notched 40 or more digs in a match three times. She also became the first player in Villanova history to record more than 2,000 digs. This is her first AVCA All-America award.

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