2006 AVCA All-America Teams
2006 AVCA All-America TeamsSM Announced for NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball
OMAHA, Neb. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce the 26th annual AVCA Division I All-America TeamsSM for women's volleyball. The awards will be presented Dec. 15, 2006, at the AVCA All-America/Players of the YearSM Banquet at the Qwest Center Omaha.
Each of the three AVCA All-America TeamsSM is comprised of 12 athletes. The AVCA Division I National Player of the YearSM will be announced on Dec. 15 at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year BanquetSM.
Kanoe Kamana'o of Hawai'i is the only player making her fourth appearance as an AVCA All-American. Sarah Pavan of Nebraska and Courtney Thompson of Washington were both named to the All-America First Team for the third time.
The selections are made by the AVCA Division I All-America Committee: chair -Pi'i Aiu, Colorado; Laura Farina, Auburn, Rich Feller, California; Barry Goldberg, American; Nancy Mueller, Illinois-Chicago; Jolene Nagel, Duke; Mark Rosen, Michigan; and Pat Stangle, Wyoming. The AVCA Awards Chair is New Hampshire Head Coach Jill Hirschinger.
|Foluke Akinradewo #||Stanford University||MB||So.||6-3||Plantation, Florida|
|Cynthia Barboza||Stanford University||OH||So.||6-0||Long Beach, California|
|Nicole Fawcett #||Penn State University||OH||So.||6-4||Zanesfield, Ohio|
|Megan Hodge||Penn State University||OH||Fr.||6-3||Durham, North Carolina|
|Kanoe Kamana'o ^ @ %||University of Hawai'i||S||Sr.||5-8||Honolulu, Hawai'i|
|Jordan Larson||University of Nebraska||OH||So.||6-2||Hooper, Nebraska|
|Angie McGinnis @||University of Florida||S||Jr.||5-11||Fraser, Michigan|
|Nana Meriwether @||UCLA||MB||Sr.||6-1||Potomac, Maryland|
|Christal Morrison $ @||University of Washington||OH||Jr.||6-1||Puyallup, Washington|
|Sarah Pavan * ^||University of Nebraska||RS/Opp||Jr.||6-5||Kitchener, Ontario|
|Nellie Spicer||UCLA||S||So.||5-10||Barrington, Illinois|
|Courtney Thompson * ^||University of Washington||S||Sr.||5-8||Kent, Washington|
|Alesha Deesing||University of Washington||MB||Jr.||6-2||Salem, Oregon|
|Ashley Engle||The University of Texas||RS/Opp||Fr.||6-3||Yorba Linda, California|
|Christa Harmotto||Penn State University||MB||So.||6-2||Aliquippa, Pennsylvania|
|Asia Kaczor||Univ. of Southern California||RS/Opp||Jr.||6-4||Wroclaw, Poland|
|Bryn Kehoe @||Stanford University||S||Jr.||5-11||North Bend, Ohio|
|Marisa Main # $||The Ohio State University||S||Sr.||5-9||Louisville, Kentucky|
|Amber McCray||University of Florida||RS/Opp||Jr.||6-0||Longview, Texas|
|Meredith Nelson||University of Minnesota||MB||Sr.||6-3||St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin|
|Angie Pressey||University of California||OH||Jr.||5-8||Heathrow, Florida|
|Airial Salvo||University of Utah||OH||So.||6-0||Farmington, Utah|
|Jackie Simpson||University of Wisconsin||S||Jr.||6-0||Downers Grove, Illinois|
|Tracy Stalls||University of Nebraska||MB||Jr.||6-3||Denver, Colorado|
|Kristen Carlson||University of San Diego||OH||Sr.||6-2||Purcellville, Virginia|
|Katie Carter||UCLA||OH||Sr.||6-3||Steamboat Springs, Colorado|
|Rachel Holloway||University of Nebraska||S||Fr.||5-10||Franklin Tennessee|
|Jamie Houston||University of Hawai'i||OH||So.||6-1||Huntsville, Alabama|
|Danielle Meyer||The Ohio State University||MB||Jr.||6-1||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Michelle Moriarty||The University of Texas||S||Jr.||5-10||Houston, Texas|
|Ashley Nu'u||University of Colorado||S||Sr.||5-10||Aurora, Colorado|
|Kristin Richards *||Stanford University||OH||Sr.||6-0||Orem, Utah|
|Eliane Santos||University of Oklahoma||MB||Sr.||6-2||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Debora Seilhamer||Univ. of Southern California||DS/Lib||Sr.||5-5||Ponce, Puerto Rico|
|Jessica Swarbrick||University of Washington||MB||So.||6-1||El Dorado, California|
|Whitney Webb||University of Utah||RS/Opp||Jr.||6-1||Gilbert, Arizona|
* indicates 2005 AVCA First Team All-America selection
^ indicates 2004 AVCA First Team All-America selection
# indicates 2005 AVCA Second Team All-America selection
$ indicates 2004 AVCA Second Team All-America selection
@ indicates 2005 AVCA Third Team All-America selection
% indicates 2003 AVCA Third Team All-America selection
2006 AVCA Division I Freshman of the YearSM: Megan Hodge, Penn State, Outside Hitter
2006 AVCA Division I Player of the YearSM: Announced at AVCA All-America/Players of the Year BanquetSM on Dec. 15, 2006
AVCA All-America Honorable MentionSM
Jeannette Abbott (Clemson, OH, So.)
Ashley Adams (Middle Tennessee, OH, So.)
Allison Anderson (Boston College, DS/Lib, Sr.)
Diana Andreyko (Pittsburgh, OH, Jr.)
Megan Argabright (Western Kentucky, MB, So.)
Faye Barhorst (Dayton, MB, Sr.)
Kelly-Anne Billingy (Marshall, OH, Jr.)
Elizabeth Bishop (Cornell, OH, Sr.)
Sarah Blum (Tennessee, MB, Sr.)
Erin Boeve (Iowa State, MB, Jr.)
Ivana Bozic (UAB, OH, So.)
Abbey Breit (Jacksonville State, OH, Jr.)
Katie Bruzdzinski (Michigan, OH, Jr.)
Shelby Burton (Memphis, MB, Jr.)
Anna Cmaylo (Santa Clara, MB, Jr.)
Shonda Cole (South Carolina, OH, Sr.)
Laura Cote (Memphis, S/H, So.)
Alexis Crimes (Long Beach State, MB, Jr.)
Elizabeth Curley (Hofstra, MB, Sr.)
Carrie DeMange (Duke, MB, Jr.)
Brittney Dolgner (Wisconsin, OH, Fr.)
Katie Esbrook (Virginia Tech, MB, Sr.)
Leanne Felsing (UW-Milwaukee, S/H, Jr.)
Stephanie Figgers (Stephen F. Austin, DS/Lib, Sr.)
Chelsea Goodman (BYU, OH, Jr.)
Ali Hausfeld (Duke, S, Jr.)
Cheryl Hegemann (UW-Milwaukee, MB, Sr.)
Danielle Hepburn (Clemson, MB, So.)
Destinee Hooker (Texas, OH, Fr.)
Hui Ping Huang (St. John's, OH, So.)
Crystal Hudson (Alabama, MB, Jr.)
Tealle Hunkus (Duke, OH, Sr.)
Emily Kirkwood (Virginia, S, Sr.)
Tatyana Kolesnikova (Louisville, OH, So.)
Denitza Koleva (Arkansas, OH, Sr.)
Viola Leszczynska (St. John's, S/H, Jr.)
Stephanie Lynch (Purdue, MB, So.)
Sarah Mason (Hawai'i, OH, Sr.)
Kate McCullagh (Northern Illinois, MB, Sr.)
Tatyana Menshikova ( Saint Louis, OH, Sr.)
Jamie Mueller (Marquette, OH, Sr.)
Jessie Nevitt (Cincinnati, MB, So.)
Colleen Nilson (Belmont, S, Jr.)
Heather Norris (Murray State, DS/Lib, So.)
Katherine Oakes (Virginia, MB, Jr.)
Kim Oguh (New Mexico State, MB, Jr.)
Malama Peniata (Minnesota, DS/Lib, Sr.)
Sara Radosevic (Tulane, OH, So.)
Daniela Romero (LSU, S, Sr.)
Yarimar Rosa (Florida International, OH, Fr.)
Juliana Sanders (Hawai'i, MB, Jr.)
Joanna Schmitt (Oklahoma, OH, Sr.)
Julia Silva (Tulsa, S, Jr.)
Amber Simpson (New Mexico State, MB, So.)
Ambria Springer (Illinois-Chicago, MB, Sr.)
Ulrike Stegemann (Georgia Tech, RS/Opp, Jr.)
Yuliya Stoyanova (Tennessee, OH, Jr.)
Rubena Sukaj (American, OH, So.)
Makini Thompson (Florida State, OH, Jr.)
Kimberley Todd (Marquette, OH, Jr.)
Emillie Toone (Utah, MB, Jr.)
Jessica Vander Kooi (Missouri, OH, Sr.)
Olivia Waldowski (UC Santa Barbara, MB, Sr.)
Emily Withers (Jacksonville State, S, Sr.)
Ana Yartseva-Stewart (Louisville, MB, Sr.)
Foluke Akinradewo, a 6-3 middle blocker for Stanford University, is a sophomore from Plantation, Florida. Akinradewo, a two-time All-Pac 10 team member, is second in the nation and first on the Cardinal with a .439 hitting percentage. The two-time AVCA All-America selection, who leads Stanford with 122 blocks and is third on the team with 326 kills, has helped the Cardinal to a 29-3 record, the Pac-10 title and into the NCAA semifinals.
Cynthia Barboza, a 6-0 outside hitter for Stanford University, is a sophomore from Long Beach, California. Barboza, a 2006 All-Pac 10 selection, leads the Cardinal with 38 aces, which is also second best in the conference. The first time AVCA All-America selection, who has recovered from a 2005 season ending torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee, leads the team with 411 kills and 4.28 kills per game.
Nicole Fawcett, a 6-4 outside hitter for Penn State University, is a sophomore from Zanesfiled, Ohio. Fawcett, a two-time All-Big Ten selection, is second on the team with 483 kills and a 4.27 kills per game average, and is third on the team with 27 aces and 19 digs. The two-time AVCA All-America selection helped lead the Nittany Lions to a 32-3 record and the NCAA Region finals.
Megan Hodge, a 6-3 outside hitter for Penn State University, is a freshman from Durham, North Carolina. Hodge is No. 17 in the nation with 551 kills and 4.83 kills per game, and led the Nittany Lions with 288 digs and 2.62 digs per game. The Big Ten Freshman of the Year, and the first freshman to be named Big Ten Player of the Year in its 23-year history, helped lead Penn State to a record fourth consecutive conference title.
Kanoe Kamana'o, a 5-8 setter for the University of Hawai'i, is a senior from Honolulu, Hawai'i. Kamana'o, a four-time AVCA All-American, had 1,531 assists on the season (13.31 assists per game), while leading the Rainbow Wahine to a 19th-best-nationally .266 team-hitting percentage. The three-time Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year helped lead her team to a 29-6 record, a seventh-straight WAC Tournament title and the NCAA Region finals.
Jordan Larson, a 6-2 outside hitter for the University of Nebraska, is a sophomore from Hooper, Nebraska. Larson, the 2006 Co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, is second on the team with 450 kills, 4.21 kills per game, 362 digs and 3.38 digs per game, while leading the Cornhuskers with 52 aces. The first time AVCA All-American helped lead No. 1 Nebraska to its third consecutive Big 12 Conference title and ninth overall.
Angie McGinnis, a 5-11 setter for the University of Florida, is a junior from Fraser, Michigan. McGinnis, a two-time AVCA All American, had 1,455 assists on the year, a national ranking of 22nd with 13.23 assists per game, while leading the Gators to a .292 team hitting percentage, third best in the country. She is the first setter in Southeastern Conference (SEC) history to earn Player of the Year honors, while leading Florida to a 30-3 record, its 16th consecutive SEC title and the NCAA Regional semifinals.
Nana Meriwether, a 6-1 middle blocker for UCLA, is a senior from Potomac, Maryland. Meriwether, a two-time All-Pac 10 selection, is ranked No. 1 in the nation with 1.97 blocks per game and a .460 hitting percentage. The two-time AVCA All American, who leads her team with 45 kills, 18 solo blocks, 218 block assists and 236 total blocks, has helped lead her team to a 33-3 record and the NCAA national semifinals.
Christal Morrison, a 6-1 outside hitter for the University of Washington, is a junior from Puyallup, Washington. Morrison, the 2006 Pac-10 Player of the Year and a three-time AVCA All American, is ranked No. 28 in the nation with 4.63 kills per game. The three-time All Pac-10 selection, who leads the Huskies with 523 kills, 31 aces and is second on the team with 352 digs, has helped lead Washington to a 29-4 record and the NCAA national semifinals, where they will try to defend their 2005 national title.
Sarah Pavan, a 6-5 outside hitter for the University of Nebraska, is a junior from Kitchener, Ontario. The three-time AVCA All-American and two-time Big 12 Player of the Year has helped lead her team to a 33-1 record and into the NCAA national semifinals. Pavan is No. 10 in the country with 542 kills and 5.07 kills per game, and is second on the team with 100 block assists and 112 total blocks.
Nellie Spicer, a 5-10 setter for UCLA, is a sophomore from Barrington, Illinois. Spicer, a two-time All-Pac 10 selection, is ranked 7th in the nation with 13.66 assists per game, as she led her team to a 12th-best-nationally .274 team-hitting percentage. The first time AVCA All-American had 1,666 assists on the year and was third on the team with 300 digs, while leading her team to a second place finish in the Pac-10.
Courtney Thompson, a 5-8 setter for the University of Washington, is a senior from Kent, Washington. Thompson, a three-time AVCA All-American, leads the nation with 14.70 assists per game average, while setting the Huskies to a .287 team kills per game hitting percentage, sixth best in the country. The three-time All Pac-10 selection and current Honda award winner also set a new Pac-10 career assist record this season, which now stands at 6,531 going into the NCAA National Semifinals.
AVCA All-America Second TeamSM Bios
Alesha Deesing, a 6-2 middle blocker for the University of Washington, is a junior from Salem, Oregon. Deesing, a two-time All Pac-10 selection, ranks 24th in the nation with a .379 hitting percentage. The first-time AVCA All American is second on the team with 113 block assists and 121 total blocks, while also chipping in 292 kills and 2.54 kills per game during the season.
Ashley Engle, a 6-3 right side/opposite hitter for The University of Texas, is a freshman from Yorba Linda, California. Engle, who earned the Big 12 Freshman of the Year award, the third Longhorn so honored, is first on the team with 463 kills, 3.99 kills per game and 82 block assists, while ranking second with 33 aces, 329 digs and 2.94 digs per game. The first time AVCA All-American and first-team All-Big 12 selection helped lead her team to a 24-7 record and the NCAA Region finals.
Christa Harmotto, a 6-2 middle blocker for Penn State University, is from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. Harmotto, a first-team Big Ten selection, is 11th in the nation with a .404 hitting percentage and 14th in the nation with 1.58 blocks per game. The first time AVCA All-American had 316 kills, 22 solo blocks, 153 block assists and 175 total blocks on the season for the Nittany Lions.
Asia Kaczor, a 6-4 right side/opposite hitter for the University of Southern California, is a junior from Wroclaw, Poland. Kaczor, an All-Pac 10 selection, is 13th in the nation with a 4.94 kills per game average. The first time AVCA All-American, who led Southern California with 563 kills and 37 aces, helped lead the Women of Troy to a 27-5 record and the NCAA Region semifinals.
Bryn Kehoe, a 5-11 setter for Stanford University, is a junior from North Bend, Ohio. Kehoe, a two-time AVCA All American, is 18th in the nation with 13.28 assists per game and has set the Cardinal to a No. 4 ranking with a .291 hitting percentage. The All-Pac 10 selection, who has 1,368 assists, and is second on the team with 21 aces and third with 80 total blocks, will try to lead the Cardinal to their sixth national championship.
Marisa Main, a 5-9 setter for The Ohio State University, is a senior from Louisville, Kentucky. Main, a two time AVCA All-American, had 1,465 assists and a 12.85 assist per game average for the 2006 season, leading the Buckeyes to a No. 9 ranking in team hitting percentage with .281. The three-time All-Big Ten selection, who was third on the team with a 2.29 digs per game average, helped Ohio State to a 25-8 record and the NCAA Region semifinals.
Amber McCray, a 6-0 right side/opposite hitter for the University of Florida, is a junior from Longview, Texas. McCray, a first team All-SEC selection, is fourth in the Southeastern Conference in hitting efficiency with a .370 hitting percentage. The first time AVCA All-American led the Gators with 3.71 kills per game, was second on the team with 26 aces and third with 338 kills.
Meredith Nelson, a 6-3 middle blocker for the University of Minnesota, is a senior from St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. Nelson, a two-time first-team All Big Ten honoree, is eighth in the Big Ten with a .325 hitting percentage, and led the Gophers with a 3.29 kills per game average. The first time AVCA All American helped lead Minnesota to a 26-8 record, second place in the Big Ten and the NCAA Region finals.
Angie Pressey, a 5-8 outside hitter for the University of California, is a junior from Heathrow, Florida. Pressey, a three-time All Pac-10 selection, is third in the Pac-10 Conference with 487 kills and 4.39 kills per game. The first time AVCA All-American, who is also second on the team with 300 digs and 2.70 digs per game, helped lead the Golden Bears to a 22-10 record and the NCAA Region semifinals.
Airial Salvo, a 6-0 outside hitter for the University of Utah, is a sophomore from Farmington, Utah. Salvo, the Mountain West Conference (MWC) Player of the Year, was first in the conference with 49 aces and second with 452 kills and 4.11 kills per game. The first-time AVCA All-American, who led the Utes with 544 digs, helped Utah to a 28-4 record and the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Jackie Simpson, a 6-0 setter for the University of Wisconsin, is a junior from Downers Grove, Illinois. Simpson, a first time AVCA All-American, is ranked sixth in the Big Ten with 12.86 assists per game and set the Badgers to a .257 team-hitting percentage. Also earning her first All Big Ten team honor this year, she had 1,362 assists on the year while leading Wisconsin to a 26-7 record and the NCAA Region semifinals.
Tracy Stalls, a 6-3 middle blocker for the University of Nebraska, is a junior from Denver, Colorado. Stalls, a first-time AVCA All-American, is ninth in the nation and first in the Big 12 with a .405 hitting percentage. The first time All Big 12 honoree is also ranked fifth in the conference with 1.41 blocks per game, while leading her team with 133 block assists and 151 total blocks.
Kristen Carlson, a 6-2 outside hitter for the University of San Diego, is a senior from Purcellville, Virginia. Carlson, the 2006 West Coast Conference (WCC) Player of the Year, finished No. 11 in the nation with 5.04 kills per game, while leading her team with 529 kills, 35 aces and 363 digs. The first-time AVCA All American helped lead her team to a 26-6 record, the WCC title and the NCAA Region semifinals.
Katie Carter, a 6-3 outside hitter for UCLA, is a senior from Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Carter, a first-time AVCA All American is second on the team with 396 kills, 3.36 kills per game and third with .93 blocks per game. Carter and UCLA square off with Nebraska in the national semifinals this weekend.
Rachel Holloway, a 5-10 setter for the University of Nebraska, is a redshirt freshman from Franklin, Tennessee. Holloway, the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and first team All-Big 12 selection, is 14th in the nation and third in the Big 12 with 13.39 assists per game, while setting the Cornhuskers to a No. 2 ranking with a .302 team hitting percentage. The first time AVCA All-American had 1,393 assists, 21 aces, 260 digs in leading Nebraska to the NCAA national semifinals.
Jamie Houston, a 6-1 outside hitter for the University of Hawai'i, is a sophomore from Huntsville, Alabama. Houston, a two-time All Western Athletic Conference (WAC) selection, is sixth in the nation with 5.49 kills per game and first in the conference with 670 kills. The first time AVCA All-American, who was named the WAC Tournament Most Valuable Player, is also second on the team with 33 aces, and third with 313 digs, while helping lead her team to the NCAA Region semifinals.
Danielle Meyer, a 6-1 middle blocker for The Ohio State University, is a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio. Meyer, a two-time AVCA All-American, was ninth in the Big Ten Conference and second on the team with 4.26 kills per game. The two-time Big Ten selection led the Buckeyes with 481 kills, 17 solo blocks and 96 total blocks and was third with 33 aces.
Michelle Moriarty, a 5-10 setter for The University of Texas, is a junior from Houston, Texas. The 2006 AVCA College Volleyball Showcase MVP ranks fourth in the NCAA with 13.68 assists per-game. Moriarty also recorded a team-high 32 service aces and ranks fourth on the squad with 2.63 digs per-game this season, helping lead the Longhorns to the NCAA Region finals.
Ashley Nu'u, a 5-10 setter for the University of Colorado, is a senior from Aurora, Colorado. She finishes her career third on Colorado's all-time career assists chart with 4,315 assists after dishing out an average 12.52 per game this season, which ranked fifth in the Big 12. Nu'u helped lead the Buffs to a 17-12 record this season, and a second round NCAA Tournament appearance.
Kristin Richards, a 6-0 outside hitter for Stanford University, is a senior from Orem, Utah. A four-time All-Pac-10 selection, Richards now owns the school record with 1,543 career digs and ranks fifth all-time at Stanford with 1,768 career kills. The 2005 AVCA First Team All-American has helped lead her team into the national semifinals and a showdown with defending champion Washington.
Eliane Santos, a 6-2 middle blocker for the University of Oklahoma, is a senior from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The first team All-Big 12 selection led all Big 12 players this season and finished in the top 20 nationally with 1.61 blocks per game; she also added 3.11 kills per game. Santos helped lead Oklahoma to a record season, posting their highest regular season win percentage in team history, and reaching the NCAA Region semifinals for only the second time in team history.
Debora Seilhamer, a 5-5 defensive specialist/libero for the University of Southern California, is a senior from Ponce, Puerto Rico. Seilhamer recorded a school record 721 digs this season, and reached the 2,000 career dig mark in her career to become just the third Pac-10 player to reach that milestone. She is now the Pac-10 all-time leader in digs, finishing her career with 2,071.
Jessica Swarbrick, a 6-1 middle blocker for the University of Washington, is a sophomore from El Dorado, California. She leads the Huskies with a .400 hitting percentage and 1.44 blocks per game, which rank third and sixth in the Pac-10, respectively. Her 13 double-figure kill performances have helped lead Washington back to the national semifinals, and a chance to play for their second consecutive national championship.
Whitney Webb, a 6-1 right side/opposite hitter for the University of Utah, is a junior from Gilbert, Arizona. Webb averaged 3.13 kills, 2.67 digs and 1.29 blocks this season, while hitting .344, the second best mark on the team. She helped lead Utah on a school-record 25-match win streak during the season, and a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.