2012 AVCA Division I All-America Teams

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2012 AVCA Division I All-America Teams

 

Louisville, Ky. (December 12, 2012) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce the 32nd annual AVCA Division I All-America Teams for women's volleyball. The awards will be presented Dec. 14, 2012, in Louisville, Kentucky at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet. The event is held in conjunction with the 2012 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. 14 at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet.

 

University of Southern California libero Natalie Hagglund and University of Texas outside hitter Bailey Webster headline this year's selections, as they were the only back-to-back first-team honorees in this year's class. Also, University of Tulsa outside hitter Tyler Henderson and Penn State outside hitter Deja McClendon are the only three-time AVCA All-American recipients. 

 

Of all of the First-Team honorees, exactly eight are first-time All-American recipients.  Through all three teams, exactly 16 have garnered All-American awards prior to 2012.  

 

The selections were made by the AVCA Division I All-America Committee: Santiago Restrepo, Oklahoma; Sherry Dunbar, Indiana; Lisa Seifert, Southern Methodist; Molly Alvey, Cincinnati; 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.

 

 

2012 AVCA DIVISION I FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICA

 

Name   School Position Year Height Hometown
Alaina Bergsma# University of Oregon OH SR 6'3 Chandler, AZ
Lauren Cook University of Nebraska S SR 5'8 Lincoln, NE
Haley Eckerman^ University of Texas OH SO 6'3 Waterloo, IA
Natalie Hagglund* University of Southern California L/DS JR 5'9 Encinitas, CA
Jennifer Hamson Brigham Young University RS/Opp. JR 6'7 Lindon, UT
Micha Hancock Penn State University S SO 5'11 Edmond, OK
Katherine Harms University of Minnesota RS/Opp. SR 6'2 Albertville, MN
Emily Hartong^ University of Hawaii OH JR 6'2 Los Alamitos, CA
Tabi Love UCLA OH SR 6'5 Dauphin, Canada
Chloe Mann University of Florida MB JR 6'2 Gainesville, FL
Lauren Plum University of Oregon S JR 5'9 Poway, CA
Ariel Scott# Penn State University RS/Opp. JR 6'4 Ridgewood, NJ
Bailey Webster* University of Texas OH JR 6'3 Baltimore, MD
Carly Wopat Stanford University MB JR 6'2 Santa Barbara, CA
   

 

 

2012 AVCA DIVISION I SECOND-TEAM ALL-AMERICA


Name   School Position Year Height Hometown
Lola Arslanbekova# University of Louisville OH SR 5'11 Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Whitney Billings University of Kentucky RS/Opp. JR 6'2 Helena, AL
Elizabeth Brenner University of Oregon OH SO 6'1 Portland, OR
Tori Dixon University of Minnesota MB JR 6'3 Burnsville, MN
Kristen Hahn Iowa State University L/DS JR 5'6 Cedar Rapids, IA
Tyler  Henderson^@ University of Tulsa OH SR 5'11 Oklahoma City, OK
Caroline Jarmoc University of Kansas MB JR 6'2 Calgary, Alberta, Canada 
Gina Mancuso* University of Nebraska OH SR 6'1 Omaha, NE
Samantha Selsky University of Dayton S SR 5'10 Manhattan Beach, CA
Katie Slay@ Penn State University MB JR 6'6 Raleigh, NC
Ariel Turner* Purdue University OH SR 6'1 Highlands Ranch, CO
Krista Vansant University of Washington OH SO 6'2 Redlands, CA
Hannah Werth@ University of Nebraska OH SR 6'1 Springfield, IL
Lauren Wicinski# Michigan State University OH JR 6'1 Geneva, IL
 

 

 

2012 AVCA DIVISION I THIRD-TEAM ALL-AMERICA

 

Name   School Position Year Height Hometown
Dana Cranston Colorado State University OH SR 6'3 Fort St. John, BC
Jennifer Cross University of Michigan MB JR 6'4 Scarborough, Ontario
Katie Fuller University of Southern California RS/Opp. SR 6'2 Olivehain, CA
Lisa Henning# University of Missouri RS/Opp. JR 6'1 Blue Springs, MO
Mari Hole The Ohio State University OH SR 6'0 Oslo, Norway
Stephanie Holthus Northwestern University OH JR 5'11 Burlington, IL
Alison Landwehr* Iowa State University S SR 6'0 St. Louis, MO
Deja McClendon^@ Penn State University OH JR 6'1 Louisville, KY
Sallie McLaurin University of Oklahoma MB JR 6'2 Midwest City, OK
Monique  Mead Georgia Tech RS/Opp. SR 5'10 Newnan, GA
Ashley Neff Florida State University MB JR 6'3 Kennesaw, GA
Gwen Rucker University of Louisville MB SR 6'2 Lexington, KY
Emani Sims University of Miami MB SO 5'11 Glenview, IL
Kellie Woolever Pepperdine University S JR 6'0 Long Beach, CA

* indicates 2011 AVCA First-Team All-America selection
^ indicates 2011 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection
# indicates 2011 AVCA Third-Team All-America selection
$ 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 Third-Team All-America selection
 

2012 Division I AVCA Freshman of the Year: Ziva Recek, Florida, OH
2012 Division I AVCA Player of the Year: Alaina Bergsma, Oregon, OH

 


2012 AVCA Division I Honorable Mention All-America

 

Name   School Position Year
Roslandy Acosta University of Arkansas OH SR
Jessica Adams University of Tulsa L/DS SR
McKenzie Adams University of Texas-San Antonio OH JR
Sandra Adeleye Clemson University MB SR
Emily Adney Wichita State University OH SR
Inky Ajanaku Stanford University MB FR
Toni Alugbue University of Notre Dame OH SO
Kelly Bacon Northeastern University OH JR
Khat Bell University of Texas MB SO
Megan Bober Creighton University S SR
Taylor Brauneis University of Florida S JR
Samantha Bricio University of Southern California OH FR
Kelli Browning Creighton University MB SO
Megan Campbell University of Dayton MB JR
Danielle Carlson Marquette University MB SR
Nancy Cole Rice University MB SR
Ashleigh Crutcher University of Maryland OH SO
Megan Cyr North Carolina State University S SR
Darcy Dorton College of Charleston OH JR
Lexi Eriwin University of Michigan OH JR
Chelsey Feekin Wichita State University S JR
Taylor Formico UC Santa Barbara L/DS FR
Johnna Fouch San Diego State University S JR
Marie Frease Cleveland State University MB SR
Sareea Freeman Florida State University MB SR
Alexa Gray Brigham Young University OH FR
Brittany Groth University of Wisconsin-Green Bay L/DS SR
Meghan Haggerty University of Nebraska MB FR
Andrea Hannasch San Diego State University MB SR
Heather Hanneman Brigham Young University S SR
Liz Harden Boise State University RS/Opp. SR
Christine Hartmann University of Kentucky S SR
Xitlali Herrera University of Texas-El Paso MB JR
Casey Hinger CSU-Northridge MB SO
Jeane Horton University of Texas-El Paso OH JR
Jeni Houser University of Notre Dame RS/Opp. SO
Victoria Hurtt Iowa State University OH SO
Alex Johnson University of Miami RS/Opp. JR
Brynn Joki North Dakota State University OH SR
Alisia Kastmo Texas A&M University RS/Opp. SR
Rachael Kidder UCLA OH SR
Stephanie Klefot University of Kentucky L/DS SR
Elizabeth Koberstein Marquette University S JR
Kara Koch Cleveland State University OH SR
Rachel Krabacher University of Dayton OH SR
Ali McCurdy Duke University L/DS JR
Emily McGee University of North Carolina  OH SR
Sha'Dare McNeal University of Texas RS/Opp. SR
Holly Mertens Marquette University RS/Opp. SR
Lindsey Miller Texas A&M University MB SR
Kori  Moster Michigan State University L/DS SO
Alexis Mourning University of Miami MB SO
Ellen Mullins University of Tennessee L/DS JR
Megan Murphy Rice University S JR
Kayla Neto CSU-Fullerton OH SR
Paige Neuenfeldt University of North Carolina  MB FR
Jasmine Norton University of Arkansas OH SR
Chisom Okpala Long Beach State University MB SO
Jazmine Orozco Pepperdine University OH JR
Brieon Paige Colorado State University MB SR
Kaitlynn Pelger Kansas State University MB JR
Megan  Plourde Colorado State University MB SR
Kendall Polan Yale University S/H JR
Jodi Purdy University of Wyoming OH SR
Ziva Recek University of Florida OH FR
Chantale Riddle University of New Mexico RS/Opp. SO
Ellie Roberson Morehead State University RS/Opp. SR
Kelsey Robinson University of Tennessee OH JR
Taylor Root Valparaiso University L/DS SR
Martina Samadan Virginia Commonwealth University MB FR
DeLaina Sarden University of Central Florida MB SO
Allie Sawatzky Texas A&M University S JR
Jordanne Scott University of Cincinnati OH SR
Sam Serley University of Alabama at Birmingham MB SR
Dani  Shepherd University of Pennsylvania L/DS JR
Jordyn  Skinner Western Kentucky University OH SR
Melanie Stutsman Western Kentucky University S JR
Nrithya Sundarararman University of Miami S SR
Mita Uiato University of Hawaii S JR
Stephanie Vorherr Xavier University L/DS SR
Nicole Warner Brigham Young University MB SR
Caitlin Welch University of Louisville L/DS JR
Tangerine Wiggs University of Florida RS/Opp. SR
Kristin Winkler UC Irvine L/DS SR
Ashley Wittman University of Minnesota OH JR
Fatma Yildirim Florida State University OH SR
Caroline Young Southern Methodist University RS/Opp. SO

 

AVCA First-Team All-America

 

Alaina Bergsma, a 6-3 outside hitter for the University of Oregon, is a redshirt senior from Chandler, Ariz. Heading into the NCAA tournament, the Pac-12 Player of the Year Bergsma ranked fifth nationally in kills (4.92 per set) and points (5.44 p/s) and led one of the nation's top conferences in both categories. In hitting, she stood eighth in the league (.338), and had 23 +.300 hitting totals (and 10 +.400). Her top two kill totals of the season were vs. Washington State (32) and Washington (31), which also topped the Pac-12 this season. Her strong performances have propelled Oregon deep into the NCAA tournament, defeating Nebraska to earn a berth in the Final Four.  Bergsma was selected as an AVCA Third-Team All-American last season.

 

Lauren Cook, a 5-8 setter for the University of Nebraska, is a senior from Lincoln, Neb.  After transferring from UCLA after her freshman year, Cook has continued to prove she is one of the nation's elite setters.  Her nationally ranked 11.15 assists (1,372 total) per set helped the Huskers finish second in the Big Ten in total assists (1,617) and hitting percentage (.292).  She added another 28 services aces and 338 digs in the 2012 campaign.  Cook totaled 50 or more assists six times this season including a season-high 56 against UCLA on August 25th.  After winning the AVCA National Freshman of the Year back in 2009, this is her first time as an AVCA All-American.

 

Haley Eckerman, a 6-3 outside hitter for the University of Texas, is a sophomore from Waterloo, Iowa.  Eckerman finished the regular season leading the Big 12 in points (5.24) and kills (4.60) in Big 12 only contests. She also ranked second (0.45) in service aces and seventh in hitting percentage (.328). The 2011 AVCA Freshman of the Year, she became the third sophomore to earn the Big 12 Player of the Year distinction. She was only the sixth player in league history to earn both the Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year honors in their careers. Eckerman has racked up an astonishing five Big 12 Player of the Week honors this season. In overall matches, she led the Big 12 in kills (4.59), service aces (0.44) and points (5.27). Nationally, she ranked ninth in the country in points and 10th in kills. She posted double-digit kills in all but one match this season and had seven double-doubles. Eckerman played a key role in Texas' run to the Final Four. As a freshman, Eckerman was recognized as an AVCA Second-Team All-American.

 

Natalie Hagglund, a 5-9 libero for the University of Southern California, is a junior from Encinitas, Calif. During the NCAA tournament, Hagglund took the second place spot for career digs at USC with 1,706. She is also the second player in USC volleyball history to record 600 digs in a single season, finishing with 613 digs. In the summer 2011, Hagglund played for the United States Junior National Team at the Women's Junior World Championship, and was named best libero for the tournament. Last year, Hagglund became the first USC libero to earn AVCA First-Team All-American honors, making this her second consecutive year on the first team.

 

Jennifer Hamson, a 6-7 opposite for Brigham Young University, is a junior from Lindon, Utah. Hamson has career totals of 99 service aces, 1,097 kills, and 1,365.5 points.  Her just over five points per set places her in the top-20 in the country. She was named West Coast Conference Player of the Week twice and Player of the Month twice, and was named MVP of Rice Invitational and the Shocker Volleyball Classic. The WCC Player of the Year receives an AVCA All-America honor for the first time.

 

Micha Hancock, a 5-11 setter for Penn State University, is a sophomore from Edmond, Okla.  Widely regarded as one of the top setters in the nation, she is also one of, if not the most feared server in recent memory.  The southpaw is third in the country averaging 0.65 aces per set, and second in the Big Ten to go along with quarterbacking the Nittany Lions attack.  As the setter, the 2011 Mideast Region Freshman of the Year ranks nationally in assists per set with 11.26 to earn the inaugural Big Ten Setter of the Year award.  Hancock is now a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

Katherine Harms, a 6-2 opposite for the University of Minnesota, is a senior from Albertville, Minn. She was named to the All-Big Ten team, and was Big Ten Player of the Week three times in the 2012 season. She was also named to the Diet Coke Classic and NCAA All-Tournament teams. Harms led her team with 484 kills, 4.10 kills per set and a total of 569.5 points. She ended the regular season with 1,039 career kills and 637 career digs. This is Harms' first AVCA All-American honor.

 

Emily Hartong, a 6-2 outside hitter for the University of Hawai'i, is a junior from Los Alamitos, Calif. Hartong was named to the AVCA All-Region team after being named as the Big West Conference Player of the Year. In October, she was recognized as the AVCA National Player of the Week, becoming the first player from Hawai'i to receive the award since 2006.  She helped lead her team to a perfect conference record, as they finished 18-0 in Big West play and secured the Conference Championship outright. She paced the league with a 4.57 kill average and 5.22 points-per-set average. Those stats were impressive enough to place her in the top-15 nationally.  Over the course of the season she collected four Big West Player of the Week awards, and a career-best 33-kill performance at Long Beach State (Oct. 26). In 2011, Hartong was recognized as an AVCA Second-Team All-American.

 

Tabi Love, a 6-5 outside hitter for UCLA, is a senior from Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada.  In her final year as a Bruin, she finished the year leading the team in kills per set (4.51) and points per set (4.94), ranking 13th and 24th nationally in those respective categories.  It's one thing to put up gaudy overall numbers, but Love was able to consistently dominate as she had double-digit kills in 29 of the 31 matches this season.  She also surpassed the 20-kill plateau nine times as she led UCLA to an NCAA Tournament appearance and a 23-8 overall record.  This is Love's first time appearing as an AVCA All-American.

 

Chloe Mann, a 6-2 middle blocker for the University of Florida, is a junior from Gainesville, Fla.  The SEC Player of the Year leads the Gators and the nation with a .442 hitting percentage.  She helped lead the Gators to a 27-4 overall record suffering just one conference loss en route to an appearance in the Sweet 16.  Averaging 3.62 kills per set, Mann is second on the team with 366 kills and first with 117 total blocks.  Mann garners AVCA All-American accolades for the first time.

 

Lauren Plum, a 5-9 setter for the University of Oregon, is a junior from Poway, Calif. Plum is first in the NCAA rankings in 2012 for assists per set (13.26) accumulating1,406 total assists. She has the Pac-12's first and third highest total assists match totals for the 2012 season. Plum was the Pac-12 Setter of the Year, and was awarded to her first All-Pacific Region team, eventually leading to her first All-American award.

 

Ariel Scott, a 6-4 opposite for Penn State University, is a junior from Ridgewood, N.J.  The Big Ten Player of the Year ranks in the top-10 in the conference in hitting percentage (.327), kills per set (3.68) and points per set (4.10).  In the Nittany Lions win over Minnesota to advance to the national semifinals, Scott led the team with 25 kills on .422 hitting.  After making it onto the third team a year ago, this is Scott's second AVCA All-American honor.

 

Bailey Webster, a 6-3 outside hitter for the University of Texas, is a junior from Baltimore, Md. Webster is truly a standout on a team of standouts. Her 371 kills entering the NCAA Tournament placed her second on the Longhorns squad, while she finished the regular season hitting .345 with 81 blocks (0.82 bps) and 423 points (4.27 pps). Webster was named to the All-Big 12 First Team earlier this season, joining several of her Longhorn teammates on the squad. On November 5th, she was recognized as the Big 12 Player of the Week for consecutive dominant performances that saw her post 28 kills while hitting .448 with five digs, six blocks and only two errors. Her steady play has helped propel Texas to a Final Four appearance. Webster was recognized as an AVCA First-Team All-American in 2011.

 

Carly Wopat, a 6-2 middle blocker for Stanford University, is a junior from Santa Barbara, Calif.  In a loaded Pac-12, Wopat finished conference play ranked second with a .395 hitting percentage, with her current overall percentage of .399 being good for a top-10 national ranking.  She has registered double-digit kills in 17 matches and hit .400 or better in 15 this season.  Defensively, she led the Cardinal with 171 total blocks (1.45 per set) on their way to the national quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.  Wopat is honored as an AVCA All-American for the first time.

 


AVCA Second-Team All-America

 

Lola Arslanbekova, a 5-11 outside hitter for the University of Louisville, is a senior from Tashkent, Uzbekistan.  One of the top hitters in the nation, Arslanbekova is the first back-to-back BIG EAST Player of the Year to garner that award in over 15 years.  Her nearly five kills per set ranks amongst the top in the country as well as her 5.34 points per set.  Defensively, She was second on the team with 385 digs (3.17/set), notched 21 double-doubles on the season and had 14 matches with at least 20 kills.  The Uzbekistan native is a second-time AVCA All-American after making the third team a year ago.

 

Whitney Billings, a 6-2 opposite for the University of Kentucky, is a junior from Helena, Ala.  Billings is a strong all-around player, leading her team in kills (365), points and aces (35) while placing second in digs (335) and blocks (96).  In the Wildcats' win over Ohio State to advance to the Sweet 16, the Alabama native recorded her career-high 18th double-double tallying 10 kills and 12 digs.  This is Billings' first career AVCA All-American appearance.

 

Liz Brenner, a 6-1 outside hitter for the University of Oregon, is a sophomore from Portland, Ore.  At the conclusion of regular season play, Brenner ranked nationally with 3.86 per set and points (4.32 p/s), and 10th in the Pac-12 in kills and points. Among her 12 +.300 hitting totals on the season, seven have been +.500, including a season high at USC (.577, 16 kills). Overall in 2012, she has led the team in hitting in 11 matches, and points and kills seven times. A two-sport star, Brenner was previously picked as an All-Pac-12 award winner. This is the first AVCA All-American honor for Brenner.

 

Tori Dixon, a 6-3 middle blocker for the University of Minnesota, is a junior from Burnsville, Minn. She was a unanimous All-Big Ten selection for the 2012 season, placing in the top-5 nationally for hitting percentage with .434. The middle blocker made 698 attacks in 2012 and 375 kills.  She was named to the Mideast All-Region team for the second consecutive year, but this marks is her first AVCA All-American selection.

 

Kristen Hahn, a 5-6 libero for Iowa State University, is a junior from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Hahn, an All-Region and All-American honorable mention last season, was selected to the AVCA All-Region team for the first time in her career after being named the Big 12 Libero of the Year for the second-straight year. The junior broke a league record this season with eight weekly awards and boasts 12 such awards in her career, third all-time in Big 12 history. Hahn was the only league player with more than 5.00 digs per set during conference play, averaging 1.00 more digs per set than the second-place player, at an average of 5.84 digs per set. In 2011, Hahn was named an AVCA All-America Honorable Mention.

 

Tyler Henderson, a 5-11 outside hitter for the University of Tulsa, is a senior from Oklahoma City, Okla.  As one of the elite outside hitters in the game, Henderson ranks first nationally in kills per set (5.22) and points per set (5.79).  However, it wasn't just one banner year that has defined Henderson's tenure as a Golden Hurricane.  She ends her career with 2,525 kills, which is the most of any player in NCAA history in the 25-point rally-scoring era.  The three-time Conference USA Player of the Year registered double-digit kills in 33 of her 35 matches and 20 or more kills in 14 matches.  This is Henderson's third consecutive year as an AVCA Second-Team All-American.

 

Caroline Jarmoc, a 6-2 middle blocker for the University of Kansas, is a redshirt-junior from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. During the 2012 season, Jarmoc led her team with 76 blocks and 205 kills. She scored a total of 268.5 points during the season.  Jarmoc has the highest hitting percentage in the Big 12 Conference, .386, good for the KU record for single-season hitting percentage.  She also places second in points per set at 4.46. This season, she became just the fourth Jayhawk player in history to reach 400 career blocks, and was the first player to surpass 400 kills and 150 blocks in a single season. This is Jarmoc's first AVCA All-American award.

 

Gina Mancuso, a 6-1 outside hitter for the University of Nebraska, is a senior from Omaha, Neb.   Mancuso earned a unanimous All-Big Ten award after posting 377 total kills on the season and an average of 3.43 kills per set, while ranking 10th in the Big Ten in kills. She has recorded nine double-doubles on the year and has recorded at least 10 kills in 22 matches this season, posting a season-high 20 kills three times in 2012. She hit .300 or better in 11 of the Huskers' 20 Big Ten contests during her senior season. She also ranked 10th in the conference in service aces with an average of 0.28 per set. Mancuso is no stranger to exceptional play; she was named as an AVCA First-Team All-American in 2011.

 

Samantha Selsky, 5-10 setter at the University of Dayton is a senior from Manhattan Beach, Calif.  Selsky was named Atlantic Ten First-Team All-Conference and was the conference setter of the year for the second consecutive year. Selsky was named A-10 offensive player of the week twice, and ranks nationally with over 11 and a half assists per set. During the 2012 season, Selsky had 1,273 assists, 110 kills and 261 digs. She also led her team with 22 service aces. This selection makes this is her first AVCA All-American honor.

 

Katie Slay, a 6-6 middle hitter for Penn State University, is a junior from Raleigh, N.C.  Earlier this season, Slay was awarded All-Big Ten honors. She was the 2011 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and a 2012 Preseason All-Big Ten selection. Slay earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week accolades three times this season. Entering postseason play, she led the Nittany Lions with a .430 hitting percentage, which ranked second in the Big Ten and top-10 nationally. Slay also led the team in blocks with 150 and blocks per set with 1.35. Her blocks per set average led the Big Ten and ranked 27th in the nation. She has led the team in blocks 20 times. Slay is third on the team in kills with 260 and has hit .320 or better in 26 of 32 matches played. Her 406 career blocks rank 14th all-time at Penn State. As a sophomore, Slay was named as an AVCA Second-Team All-American.

 

Ariel Turner, a 6-1 outside hitter for Purdue University, is a senior from Highlands Ranch, Colo. In 2012, Turner has received unanimous All-Big Ten honors and Academic All-District accolades and was tabbed as a Senior CLASS Award finalist, while also garnering Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week and three Big Ten Player/Defensive Player of the Week nods. Turner was averaging 4.42 kills per set and 5.07 points per set, ranking 16th and 13th nationally heading into Sweet 16 play. These stats placed her atop the Big Ten. She recorded her 1,000th dig in the NCAA First Round match against Colorado State. The outside hitter has led the Boilermakers in kills 29 times, while posting 27 double-digit efforts. She also has added 2.71 digs per set, including 17 double-digit performances and six team-leading efforts. The senior has put up 15 kills/digs double-doubles, while also adding 81 blocks and 28 aces.  In 2011, Turner was named to the AVCA All-America First Team.

 

Krista Vansant, a 6-2 outside hitter for the University of Washington, is a sophomore from Redlands, Calif.  Vansant was the team leader in kills this season, with 408, an average of 4.0 per set. She also tallied 238 digs and 77 blocks during the 2012 season. The 2010 Under Armour High School All-American was named to the All-Pac-12 Team as well as the All-Pacific Region Team. She was named AVCA National Player of the Week and Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week as the Huskies advanced all the way to the Sweet 16. This is Vansant's first AVCA All-American honor.

 

Hannah Werth, a 6-1 outside hitter for the University of Nebraska, is a senior from Springfield, Ill.  She ranked second on the Huskers squad in kills with 360, good for just over three per set, while her 390 digs led the team.  The senior tallied 15 double-doubles on the season and has totaled double-digit kills in 20 of their 33 matches to help lead the Nebraska squad to the national quarterfinals.  Werth was an AVCA Second-Team All-American in 2010, making this her second All-American appearance.

 

Lauren Wicinski, a 6-1 outside hitter for Michigan State University, is a junior from Geneva, Ill.  In a Big Ten Conference with an abundant of attackers, Wiciniski has proven to be one of the best.  She ranks in the top-5 nationally with 0.63 aces per set average, the top-15 with 4.43 kills per set and in the top-10 with 5.33 points per set.  In their Round of 32 upset over the defending champion UCLA Bruins, Wicinski smashed 23 kills and hit .294 as the Spartans advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2007.   The junior garners AVCA All-American accolades for the second time after making it to the third team a year ago.

 


AVCA Third-Team All-America

 

Dana Cranston, a 6-3 outside hitter for Colorado State University, is a senior from Fort St. John, British Columbia. Cranston averaged 3.62 kills and 4.28 points per set. Her hitting percentage of .277 ranked first among outside hitters in the Mountain West Conference. She was named to the Rams Classic and Rocky Mountain Invite all-tournament teams. She was Mountain West Pre-Season Co-Player of the Year, and the 2012 Mountain West Player of the Year.  This is Cranston's first AVCA All-American recognition.

 

Jennifer Cross, a 6-4 middle blocker for the University of Michigan, is a junior from Scarborough, Ont.  The 2012 All-Big Ten honoree is third in the Big Ten in blocking, averaging 1.25 blocks per set.  She is second on the team in kills with 371 (2.63 per set), leads the team in hitting percentage with .314 and total blocks with 176 (1.25 per set).  In their national quarterfinals win over Stanford, Cross smashed 15 kills hitting .333 to send the Wolverines to their first ever semifinals appearance.  Cross is now a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

Katie Fuller, a 6-2 opposite for the University of Southern California, is a senior from Olivenhain, Calif.  A Senior CLASS Award candidate, Fuller ranks second on the team in kills (384) and kills per set (3.28).  Defensively, her 63 total blocks places her third on the Trojans.  She moved into the program's top-10 list for career points, this year accumulating 438.5.  This is Fuller's first AVCA All-American selection.

 

Lisa Henning, a 6-1 outside hitter for the University of Missouri, is a junior from Blue Springs, Mo.  Just the third Tiger to earn All-Region honors, Henning is the only player in program history to record consecutive years with 500+ kills (506 in 2012, 523 in 2011).   Her 4.64 kills per set average is not only a top-10 national ranking, but it's the second-highest average in the rally-scoring era at the university.  Changing conferences from the Big 12 to the SEC didn't faze the junior, after leading the Big 12 a year ago in kills per set she did the same for the SEC in 2012.  This marks the second consecutive year that Henning has been named an AVCA Third-Team All-American.

 

Mari Hole, a 6-0 outside hitter for Ohio State University, is a senior from Oslo, Norway. During the 2012 season, Hole had 544 kills (4.22 per set), and tallied 326 digs (2.53 per set), totaling of 603 points for the Buckeyes. She had 18 double-doubles during the season and had 33 matches with kills reaching double digits. Hole was also named Ohio State Athlete of the Week, Big Ten Offensive Player of the week and a Sports Imports/AVCA DI National Player of the Week during the season on her way to being named to the All-Big Ten and All-Mideast teams.  This is her first AVCA All-American award.

 

Stephanie Holthus, a 5-11 outside hitter for Northwestern University, is a junior from Burlington, Ill. Holthus was an All-Big Ten and All-Mideast Region selection. In the 2012 season, she led her team with 487 kills, surpassing 1,000 career kills and ranking 10th in Northwestern history for kills with 1,294. She also surpassed 1,000 career digs this season, only the 15th Northwestern player to accomplish the feat.  Holthus was second on the team in digs with 347. She earned MVP honors in the Wildcat Classic, the Yale Invitational, La Quinta Invitational and Marquette Challenge. This is Holthus' first AVCA All-American award.

 

Alison Landwehr, a 6-0 setter for Iowa State University, is a senior from St. Louis, Mo. She was Big 12 Conference Setter of the Year leading the conference averaging nearly 12 assists per set.  All-American in 2011, was tops in the Big 12 this season with a conference average of 11.93 assists per set and tied a career-high with 66 assists in Iowa State's upset win over No. 3 Texas on senior day.  After a 2011 AVCA First-Team All-American appearance, this is her second consecutive AA honor.

 

Deja McClendon, a 6-1 outside hitter for Penn State University, is a junior from Louisville, Ky. She was named to the All-Big Ten Conference and All-Mideast Region teams for the third consecutive year.  McClendon surpassed 1,000 career kills this season playing for a national contender throughout her time as a Nittany Lion. McClendon had 389 kills this season (3.24 per set), and 330 digs (2.75 per set) to record 11 double-doubles in the 2012 campaign.  McClendon was named an AVCA First-Team All-American in 2011 and a second team appearance in 2010. This will be her third consecutive AVCA All- American honor.

 

Sallie McLaurin, a 6-2 middle blocker for the University of Oklahoma, is a junior from Midwest City, Okla.  She ranks second for overall stats in the Big 12 in hitting percentage (.357) and blocks per set (1.37), while finishing in the top-10 in kills per set (2.83) and points per set (3.60).  McLaurin helped lead the Sooners to their program-record fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth, where they advanced to the second round.  The Oklahoma native is honored as an AVCA All-American for the first time.

 

Ashley Neff, a 6-3 middle blocker for Florida State University, is a junior from Kennesaw, Ga.  Neff was crowned the ACC Player of the Year in 2012, as she finished with a .380 hitting percentage, 248 kills, 184 total blocks and averaged 1.61 blocks per set.  As one of the top middles in the game, Neff's blocks per set average is good enough for tops in the ACC and a top-10 national ranking, while her .394 ACC hitting percentage places her second in the conference.  This marks her first AVCA All-American appearance.

 

Monique Mead, a 5-10 opposite for Georgia Tech University, is a senior from Newman, Ga.  Meade was consistent all season long, racking up double digit kills in every match but two including 12 double-doubles.  The four-time All-ACC player led the Yellow Jackets with 459 kills, 56 service aces and 562 points.  Known as one of the top servers in the game, Mead currently ranks seventh in the country averaging 0.48 aces per set.  She ends her career as one of the most decorated player in program history, becoming the all-time leader in career kills with 1,918, eclipsing 1,000 career digs and reaching the 2,000-point mark to become the only GT player to do so in the last decade.  This is her first AVCA All-American appearance after three consecutive honorable mention accolades. 

 

Gwen Rucker, a 6-2 middle blocker for the University of Louisville, is a senior from Lexington, Ky.  Rucker had an outstanding year manning the front row for the Cardinals, ranking in the top-10 nationally in hitting percentage swinging at a .405 clip, while also placing nationally with 1.33 blocks per set. Second on the team with 282 kills (2.65/set) she is tied for fourth on the team with 17 aces with one double-double.  The in-state grown Rucker had a record match against St. John's in the BIG EAST quarterfinals, nailing 13 kills on 15 swings for a conference record .867 hitting percentage.  Rucker is now a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

Emani Sims, a 5-11 middle blocker for the University of Miami (FL), is a redshirt-sophomore from Glenview, Ill.  Sims has had a lot of highlights in her young collegiate career, but her match against Clemson certainly stands above the rest.  Against the Tigers on October 19th, she recorded a school-record 16 total blocks in addition to 16 kills in the five-set win.  The two-time ACC Player of the Week leads the Canes in total blocks (160), with her 1.39 blocks per set placing her in the top-25 in the country.  She garners AVCA All-American honors for the first time.

 

Kellie Woolever, a 6-0 setter for Pepperdine University, is a junior from Long Beach, Calif. Woolever earned All-West Coast Conference Team and AVCA All-Pacific Team honors in the 2012 campaign.  She led the conference with 11.32 assists per set, and was second on her team in digs, with 382 total and 3.21 per set.  On October 3rd, she recorded a triple double, and on November 5th was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week. Woolever was a 2011 AVCA All American honorable mention. This is her first AVCA All-American award.

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