2007 AVCA All-America Teams

12/12/2007

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2007 AVCA All-America Teams Announced for NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball


SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce the 27th annual AVCA Division I All-America Teams for women's volleyball. The awards will be presented Dec. 14, 2007, at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet at the Sacramento Convention Center.

 

Each of the three AVCA All-America Teams is comprised of 12 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 Nebraska senior right side/opposite hitter Sarah Pavan becomes only the fourth player, and the first player not to play for Stanford University, in the history of the AVCA Division I awards program to make the AVCA Division I First-Team All-America four consecutive years.  The only other players to accomplish that feat were Bev Oden (1989-92), Kerri Walsh (1996-99) and Logan Tom (1999-2002).  Christal Morrison, outside hitter for the University of Washington, is the only other player in 2007 making her fourth appearance on an AVCA All-America Team, having made First-Team in 2006, Second-Team in 2005 and Third-Team in 2004.

 

The selections were made by the AVCA Division I All-America Committee: chair -Pi'i Aiu, Colorado; Andy Banachowski, UCLA; Laura Farina; Barry Goldberg, American; Debbie Kirch, Green Bay; Jolene Nagel, Duke; Mark Rosen, Michigan; and Pat Stangle, Wyoming. The AVCA Awards Chair is New Hampshire head volleyball coach Jill Hirschinger.



2007 AVCA DIVISION I FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICA

Player Institution Pos. Yr. Ht. Hometown
Foluke Akinradewo * @ Stanford University MB Jr. 6-3 Plantation, Florida
Cynthia Barboza * Stanford University OH Jr. 6-0 Long Beach, California
Juliann Faucette The University of Texas OH Fr. 6-2 San Diego, California
Nicole Fawcett * @ Penn State University OH Jr. 6-4 Zanesfield, Ohio
Christa Harmotto $ Penn State University MB Jr. 6-2 Alquippa, Pennsylvania
Megan Hodge * Penn State University OH So. 6-3 Durham, North Carolina
Asia Kaczor $ Univ. of Southern California RS/Opp. Sr. 6-4 Wroclaw, Poland
Bryn Kehoe $ + Stanford University S Sr. 5-11 North Bend, Ohio
Christal Morrison * % + University of Washington OH Sr. 6-2 Puyallup, Washington
Sarah Pavan * ^ # University of Nebraska RS/Opp. Sr. 6-5 Kitchener, Ontario
Angie Pressey $ University of California OH Sr. 5-8 Heathrow, Florida
Nellie Spicer * UCLA S Jr. 5-10 Barrington, Illinois

2007 AVCA DIVISION I SECOND-TEAM ALL-AMERICA

Player Institution Pos. Yr. Ht. Hometown
Taylor Carico Univ. of Southern California S So. 5-11 Manhattan Beach, California
Hana Cutura University of California OH So. 6-3 Zagreb, Croatia
Brittney Dolgner University of Wisconsin OH So. 6-0 Waupun, Wisconsin
Alisha Glass Penn State University S So. 6-0 Leland, Michigan
Rachel Holloway ! University of Nebraska S So. 5-10 Franklin, Tennessee
Destinee Hooker The University of Texas OH So. 6-4 San Antoinio, Texas
Christina Houghtelling ^ University of Nebraska OH Sr. 6-2 Cambridge, Nebraska
Alix Klineman Stanford University OH Fr. 6-4 Manhattan Beach, California
Gorana Maricic University of Oregon OH Jr. 6-3 Subotica, Serbia
Angie McGinnis * + University of Florida S Sr. 5-11 Fraser, Michigan
Tracy Stalls $ University of Nebraska MB Sr. 6-3 Denver, Colorado
Jessica Swarbrick ! University of Washington MB Jr. 6-1 El Dorado, California

2007 AVCA DIVISION I THIRD TEAM ALL-AMERICA

Player Institution Pos. Yr. Ht. Hometown
Kylie Atherstone Cal Poly RS/Opp. Jr. 6-1 Chico, California
Mekana Barnes Colorado State University MB Jr. 6-0 Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Chelsea Goodman Brigham Young University OH Sr. 5-11 Mesa, Arizona
Marcie Hampton University of Florida OH Sr. 6-1 Gainesville, Florida
Hui Ping Huang St. John's University MB Sr. 6-2 Shanghai, China
Nataly Korobkova Kansas State University RS/Opp. Jr. 6-3 Krasnoyarsk, Russia
Jordan Larson * University of Nebraska OH Jr. 6-2 Hooper, Nebraska
Tamari Miyashiro University of Washington DS/Lib. So. 5-7 Kanehoe, Hawai'i
Michelle Moriarty ! The University of Texas S Sr. 5-10 Houston, Texas
Lauren Paolini The University of Texas MB Jr. 6-5 Ann Arbor, Michigan
Taylor Reineke University of Wisconsin MB Sr. 6-3 Naperville, Illinois
Ashley Schatzle Michigan State University OH Sr. 6-1 Monroe, Michigan

 

* indicates 2006 AVCA First-Team All-America selection

^ indicates 2005 AVCA First-Team All-America selection

# indicates 2004 AVCA First-Team All-America selection

$ indicates 2006 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection

@ indicates 2005 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection

 % indicates 2004 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection

  ! indicates 2006 AVCA Third-Team All-America selection

  + indicates 2005 AVCA Third-Team All-America selection



2007 AVCA Division I Freshman of the Year: Juliann Faucette, Texas, Outside Hitter

2007 AVCA Division I Player of the Year: Announced at AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet on Dec. 14, 2007



AVCA Honorable Mention All-America
Ashley Adams (Middle Tennessee, RS/Opp., Jr.)

Jackie Ahlers (Stony Brook, OH, Sr.)

Megan Argabright (Western Kentucky, MB, Jr.)

Ashley Asberry (Middle Tennessee, MB, Jr.)

Stephanie Barry (Delaware, DS/Lib., So.)

Kelly-Anne Billingy (Marshall, RS/Opp., Sr.)

Latoya Blunt (St. John's, MB, Sr.)

Natalie Bogan (Rice, MB, So.)

Abbey Breit (Jacksonville State, OH, Sr.)

Jade Brown (Maryland, OH, Sr.)

Katie Bruzdzinski (Michigan, OH, Sr.)

Shelby Burton (Memphis, MB, Sr.)

Alona Cherkez (Villanova, OH, Sr.)

Alexis Crimes (Long Beach State, MB, Sr.)

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

Lauren DeGirolamo (LSU, MB, So.)

Carrie DeMange (Duke, MB, Sr.)

Svetlana Dukule (Louisville, OH, Sr.)

Rachel Dyer (BYU, MB, Jr.)

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

Justine Farmer (Houston, OH, Jr.)

Leanne Felsing (Wisconsin-Milwaukee, S/H, Sr.)

Elizabeth Fleming (Marshall, S, Fr.)

Ashley Fornstrom (Colorado State, S, Jr.)

Kelly Goc (Creighton, MB, Sr.)

Melissa Griffin (Ohio, RS/Opp., Sr.)

Marcela Gurgel (South Florida, OH, So.)

Ali Hausfeld (Duke, S, Sr.)

Danielle Hepburn (Clemson, MB, Jr.)

Jaclyn Houston (Cal Poly, MB, Jr.)

Jamie Houston  (Hawai'i, OH, Jr.)

Crystal Hudson (Alabama, MB, Sr.)

Talisa Kellogg (Georgia Tech, OH, Jr.)

Sarah Kirkwood (Virginia, OH, Sr.)

Wioleta Leszczynska (St. John's, S, Jr.)

Sara Lungren (Wichita State, RS/Opp., Sr.)

Stephanie Lynch (Purdue, MB, Jr.)

Elena Martinez (LSU, DS/Lib., Jr.)

Crystal Matich  (Santa Clara, S, Sr.)

Jenn Miller (Tulane, DS/Lib., So.)

Lauren Miramontes (UNLV, MB, Sr.)

Rachael Moss (Duke, OH, So.)

Kelsey Murphy (Clemson, S, So.)

Amanda Nielson (Utah State, RS/Opp., Sr.)

Queen Nzenwa (Kentucky, MB, Jr.)

Kim Oguh (New Mexico State, MB, Sr.)

Angie Porche (Valparaiso, OH, So.)

Jill Quayle (Xavier, MB, Sr.)

Sara Radosevic (Tulane, OH, Jr.)

Jamie-Lee Richards (Dayton, OH, Sr.)

Yarimar Rosa (Florida International, OH, So.)

Erin Schroeder (Dayton, S, Jr.)

Julia Silva (Tulsa, S, Sr.)

Jackie Simpson (Wisconsin, S, Sr.)

Ulrike Stegemann (Georgia Tech, RS/Opp., Sr.)

Meghan Steiner (Clemson, MB, Sr.)

Jaime Strauss (Colorado State, OH, Jr.)

Rubena Sukaj (American, OH, Jr.)

Bridget Wells (Tulane, RS/Opp., Jr.)

Lena Yee (St. John's, DS/Lib., Jr.)

Brittany Zahn (Appalachian State, OH, Sr.)

Lexi Zimmerman (Michigan, S, Fr.)



AVCA First-Team All-America Bios

Foluke Akinradewo, a 6-3 middle blocker for Stanford University, is a junior from Plantation, Fla. Akinradewo, who earned 2007 Pac-10 Player of the Year honors and All-Pac-10 honors for the third time, led the Cardinal to a 31-2 overall record, the Pac-10 title and this week's NCAA national semifinals. Leading the nation with a .498 hitting percentage, Akinradewo earns her third AVCA All-America honor, having been named to the First-Team in 2006 and the Second-Team in 2005.

 

Cynthia Barboza, a 6-0 outside hitter for Stanford University, is a junior from Long Beach, Calif. Barboza received her second consecutive All-Pac-10 honor after helping lead the Cardinal to the conference title with a 16-2 record and a berth in the NCAA national semifinals this week against Southern California. Barboza's consistent play saw her score 17 double-doubles on the year, which helped earn her this AVCA First-Team All America nod for the second year in a row.

 

Juliann Faucette, a 6-2 outside hitter for The University of Texas, is a freshman from San Diego, Calif. In her first year on the court, Faucette became a team leader and helped guide the Longhorns to a 27-4 overall record, a 19-1 conference record, and a share of the Big 12 title, the first for Texas since 1997. The Big 12 Freshman of the Year and All-Big 12 First-Team selection, who is ranked among the nation's leaders in kills per game, is a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

Nicole Fawcett, a 6-4 outside hitter for Penn State University, is a junior from Zanesfield, Ohio. A three-time All-Big Ten First-Team selection, Fawcett helped lead the Nittany Lions to its fifth-consecutive Big Ten Conference title with an undefeated 20-0 record. Fawcett, who set a school record with 31 kills against Cal Poly during the 2007 season, is now a three-time AVCA All-America selection, having also earned First-Team honors in 2006 and Second-Team honors in 2005.

 

Christa Harmotto, a 6-2 middle blocker for Penn State University, is a junior from Aliquippa, Pa. Harmotto, who was named 2007 Big Ten Player of the Year, is ranked in the top five nationally in both hitting percentage at .489 and blocks per game with 1.4.  A three-time Big Ten First-Team honoree, Harmotto is a two-time AVCA All-America, having also earned Second-Team honors in 2006.

 

Megan Hodge, a 6-3 outside hitter for Penn State University, is a sophomore from Durham, N.C. Hodge, a two-time First-Team Big Ten selection who helped lead the Nittany Lions to its 11th Big Ten title, is third in the conference with 4.63 kills per game, an average that also ranks her among the nation's leaders.  This is Hodge's second consecutive AVCA First-Team All-America honor.

 

Asia Kaczor, a 6-4 right side/opposite for the University of Southern California, is a senior from Wroclaw, Poland. Ranked among the nation's elite in kills per game, Kaczor helped guide the Women of Troy to a third-place finish in the Pac-10 with a 29-4 overall record and a 14-4 conference record, and in the process received her second consecutive All-Pac-10 award. Kaczor is now a two-time AVCA All-American, having garnered Second-Team honors in 2006.

 

Bryn Kehoe, a 5-11 setter for Stanford University, is a senior from North Bend, Ohio. Kehoe is second in the nation with 14.30 assists per game, while leading the Cardinal attack to a nationally ranked .316 hitting percentage and an average of 17.38 kills per game. A two-time All-Pac-10 selection, Kehoe earns her first AVCA First-Team All-America nod, after garnering Second-Team honors in 2006 and Third-Team honors in 2005.

 

Christal Morrison, a 6-2 outside hitter for the University of Washington, is a senior from Puyallup, Wash. A 2007 All-Pac-10 First-Team honoree - the first Huskie to receive First-Team honors four times - Morrison is ranked in the top 10 nationally with 4.19 kills per game and 5.00 points per game.  Morrison is now a four-time AVCA All-American, having earned First-Team honors in 2006, Third-Team honors in 2005 and Second-Team honors in 2004.

 

Sarah Pavan, a 6-5 right side/opposite for the University of Nebraska, is a senior from Kitchener, Ontario. The 2007 Big 12 Player of the Year, and the first Husker to earn that award three consecutive times, was ranked among the nation's leaders in kills per game and hitting percentage, and led the Huskers to a 30-2 record and a share of the Big 12 title. Pavan, the 2006 AVCA National Player of the Year, is now a four-time AVCA First-Team All-American, only the fourth player to achieve that feat in the 27-year history of the AVCA Division I All-America awards program.

 

Angie Pressey, a 5-8 outside hitter for the University of California, is a senior from Heathrow, Fla. An All-Pac-10 selection this season, Pressey led California to a 26-7 overall record, a 12-6 Pac-10 record and the Golden Bears' first-ever appearance in the NCAA national semifinals this Thursday. Ranked among the national leaders in kills per game, Pressey is a two-time AVCA All-American, having earned Second-Team honors in 2006.

 

Nellie Spicer, a 5-9 setter for UCLA, is a junior from Barrington, Ill. A three-time All-Pac 10 First-Team selection, Spicer led the Bruins to a fifth-place conference finish and the NCAA Stanford Regional Final. She is ranked nationally in assists per game, and has now earned AVCA First-Team All-America honors for the second consecutive year.



AVCA Second-Team All-America Bios

Taylor Carico, a 5-11 setter for the University of Southern California, is a sophomore from Manhattan Beach, Calif. Carico earned her first All-Pac 10 laurels in 2007, as she ranked fifth in the conference in assists per game (12.73) while directing the Trojans' offensive weaponry to a .267 team hitting percentage. In addition, she contributed 1.07 kills, 2.00 digs and 0.54 blocks per game, en route to earning her first-ever AVCA All-American recognition.

 

Hana Cutura, a 6-3 outside hitter for the University of California, is a sophomore from Zagreb, Croatia. A 2007 All-Pac-10 selection, Cutura has helped the Golden Bears to a 26-7 record and a trip to the Division I Championships, and is ranked among the top of the Pac-10 in several statistical categories, including kills per game (4.25), aces per game (0.30) and points per game (4.95). This marks the first AVCA All-American honor for Cutura.

 

Brittany Dolgner, a 6-0 outside hitter for the University of Wisconsin, is a sophomore from Waupun, Wis. A two-time All-Big Ten selection, Dolgner ranked third in the conference in kills per game (4.63) and sixth in points per game (5.14), while helping the Badgers to a 26-5 record on the season. In addition, Dolgner contributed 2.35 digs per game and 0.53 blocks per game, as she earned her first AVCA All-American recognition. 

 

Alisha Glass, a 6-0 setter for Penn State University, is a sophomore from Leland, Mich. Glass, who was among the top 25 in the nation and fourth in the Big Ten in assists per game (13.01), has guided the Nittany Lions' offense to a .351 hitting percentage, one of the nation's highest, and has helped lead Penn State to the NCAA Division I national semifinals with a 32-2 record. After earning her first spot on the All-Big Ten team in 2007, this honor marks the first AVCA All-American award for Glass.

 

Rachel Holloway, 5-10 setter for the University of Nebraska, is a sophomore from Franklin, Tenn. Holloway was among the nation's best in assists per game, ranking ninth (13.66), while also ranking second in the Big 12 in that category, while leading the Huskers to a .327 hitting percentage, and earning her second-consecutive All-Big 12 nod. Holloway has now earned AVCA All-America honors for the second time in her career, being named to the Third-Team in 2006.

 

Destinee Hooker, a 6-4 outside hitter for The University of Texas, is a sophomore from San Antonio, Texas. Hooker was among the nation's best in hitting percentage (.345) and kills per game (4.58) this season, while ranking second in the Big 12 in kills per game and also in points per game (5.45). A first-time AVCA All-American, Hooker led the Longhorns to a 27-3 record and Co-Big 12 Championship in 2007, en route to earning her second-consecutive All-Big 12 selection.

 

Christina Houghtelling, a 6-2 outside hitter for the University of Nebraska, is a senior from Cambridge, Neb. After missing the 2006 season due to injury, the 2005 AVCA Player of the Year returned to the Husker squad where she earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year laurels after ranking among the top of the league in service aces (0.30) and digs per game (3.95). Houghtelling, who also averaged 3.02 kills and 0.60 blocks per game, is a two-time AVCA All-American, having earned First-Team status in 2005.

 

Alix Klineman, a 6-4 outside hitter for Stanford University, is a freshman from Manhattan Beach, Calif. In just her first year on the collegiate scene, Klineman has already made waves, garnering All-Pac-10 laurels, as well as being named both the Pac-10 and AVCA Pacific Region Freshman of the Year. Klineman ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in points per game (4.97) and fifth in kills per game (4.25) en route to capturing her first AVCA All-American honor.

 

Gorana Maricic, a 6-3 outside hitter for the University of Oregon, is a junior from Subotica, Serbia. Maricic, who was an All-Pac-10 selection in 2007, ranked sixth nationally in kills per game (5.43), while also ranking first in the Pac-10 in that category as well as in points per game (6.07). Maricic, who was also among the Pac-10 leaders in aces per game (0.33), is a first-time AVCA All-America honoree.

 

Angie McGinnis, a 5-11 setter for the University of Florida, is a senior from Fraser, Mich. The two-time SEC Player of the Year was sixth in the nation in assists per game this season, averaging 13.97 helpers, while the Florida attack unit hit .313 under her direction, the highest percentage in the Southeastern Conference. This is the second straight AVCA All-American award for McGinnis, who earned First-Team distinctions in 2006 and was a Third-Team honoree in 2005.

 

Jessica Swarbrick, a 6-1 middle blocker for the University of Washington, is a junior from El Dorado, Calif. An All-Pac-10 selection for the second time in her career, Swarbrick was tenth in the nation and second in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage (.413), while ranking fourth in the Pac-10 in blocks per game, with a 1.42 average. Swarbrick, who also added 2.55 kills per game, is a two-time AVCA All-American, as she was a Third-Team selection in 2006.

 

Tracy Stalls, a 6-3 middle blocker for the University of Nebraska, is a senior from Denver, Colo. Named to the All-Big 12 First-Team for the second consecutive year, Stalls was first in the conference and third in the nation in hitting percentage (.471) in 2007, while also averaging 2.83 kills and 1.13 blocks per game for the Huskers. This marks the second career AVCA All-American selection for Stalls, as she was a member of the Second-Team in 2006.

 



AVCA Third-Team All-America Bios


Kylie Atherstone, a 6-1 right side/opposite for Cal Poly, is a junior from Chico, Calif. The Big West Player of the Year the last two years, and a three-time Big West First-Team selection, Atherstone helped the Mustangs to a 23-8 overall record and its second consecutive Big West title. Atherstone, who is ranked nationally in kills per game, is a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

Mekana Barnes, a 6-0 middle blocker for Colorado State University, is a junior from Highlands Ranch, Colo. The Mountain West Conference Player of the Year, Barnes was among the nation's best in blocks per game (1.65) and hitting percentage (.401), while also fourth in the MWC in points (5.09) and eighth in kills per game (3.93). A two-time All-MWC selection, Barnes has earned her first AVCA All-American recognition.

 

Chelsea Goodman, a 5-11 outside hitter for Brigham Young University, is a senior from Mesa, Ariz. Goodman, a three-time All-Mountain West Conference selection, ended the 2007 season ranked second in the MWC in points per game (5.17), while also ranking fourth in both kills (4.45) and aces (0.34) per game. After helping BYU to a 24-8 record and NCAA tournament berth during the year, Goodman earned her first AVCA All-American honor.

 

Marcie Hampton, a 6-1 outside hitter for the University of Florida, is a senior from Gainesville, Fla. A three-time All-SEC honoree, Hampton led the conference with 4.5 kills per game in league play, helping the Gators win its 17th straight SEC title. Hampton is a first time AVCA All-American.

 

Hui Ping Huang, a 6-2 middle blocker for St. John's University, is a senior from Shanghai, China. The 2007 Big East Player of the Year, Huang ranked fourth in the nation and first in the Big East in hitting percentage (.447), while ranking third in the Big East with 4.68 kills per game. In addition, Huang averaged 1.50 digs and 1.12 blocks per game for the Red Storm, en route to earning her first AVCA All-American award.

 

Nataly Korobkova, a 6-3 outside hitter for Kansas State University, is a junior from Krasnoyarsk, Russia. The Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and All-Big 12 First-Team honoree, she helped lead the Wildcats to a 23-9 overall record, a third-place conference finish with a trip to the NCAA Tournament second round. Korobkova is a first-time AVCA All-American award winner.

 

Jordan Larson, a 6-2 outside hitter for the University of Nebraska, is a junior from Hooper, Neb. A two-time All-Big 12 First-Team selection, Larson averaged over three kills and three digs per game, and ranked among the nation's leaders in aces per game.  Larson is a two-time AVCA All-American, having received First-Team honors last season.

 

Tamari Miyashiro, a 5-7 libero for the University of Washington, is a sophomore from Kanehoe, Hawai'i. An All-Pac-10 First-Team selection, Miyashiro averaged a nationally-ranked 5.80 digs per game, helping the Huskies to a second place finish in the Pac-10. Miyashiro is a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

Michelle Moriarty, a 5-10 setter for The University of Texas, is a senior from Houston, Texas. The four-time All-Big 12 selection is ranked in the top five nationally in assists per game, and led her team to a top five national ranking in hitting percentage and a top 10 ranking in kills per game. Moriarty has now earned her second consecutive AVCA Third-Team All-America honors.

 

Lauren Paolini, a 6-5 middle blocker for The University of Texas, is a junior from Ann Arbor, Mich. A First-Team All-Big 12 selection, Paolini helped the Longhorns to a 27-3 overall record and a Big 12 title. Paolini, who led Texas with 1.28 blocks per game and averaged 2.90 kills and 3.65 points per game, is a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

Taylor Reineke, a 6-3 middle blocker for the University of Wisconsin, is a senior from Naperville, Ill. A three-time All-Big Ten selection, Reineke ranked fourth in the conference in blocks per game with 1.54 and was third in hitting percentage (.331), while also adding 2.53 kills per game. After helping lead the Badgers to a 26-5 overall record, Reineke earned her first ever AVCA All-American distinction.

 

Ashley Schatzle, a 6-1 outside hitter for Michigan State University, is a senior from Monroe, Mich. Schatzle, a two-time All-Big Ten honoree, led the Spartans to an NCAA tournament berth, while ranking fifth in the Big Ten in kills per game (4.56) and eighth in points per game (5.01), in addition to averaging 2.99 digs per game. Schatzle is a first-time AVCA All-American.

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