2013 AVCA Division I All-America Teams
Seattle, Wash. (December 18, 2013) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce the 33rd annual AVCA Division I All-America Teams for women's volleyball. The awards will be presented Dec. 20, 2013, in Seattle, Washington at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet. The event is held in conjunction with the 2013 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. 20 at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet presented by Northwestern Mutual.
Penn State University outside hitter Deja McClendon headlines this year's recipients as the only player in the 2013 class to be honored as a four-time AVCA All-American. Also, Texas outside hitter Haley Eckerman, Southern California libero Natalie Hagglund, Hawai'i outside hitter Emily Hartong, Missouri outside hitter Lisa Henning, Penn State opposite Ariel Scott, Texas outside hitter Bailey Webster, Michigan State outside hitter Lauren Wicinski and Penn State middle blocker Katie Slay all garner AVCA honors for a third time.
Of all of the First-Team honorees, exactly three are first-time All-American recipients. Through all three teams, exactly 21 have garnered All-American awards prior to 2013.
The selections were made by the AVCA Division I All-America Committee: East Region: Mike Johnson, Xavier; East Coast Region: Tonya Johnson, Georgia Tech; Midwest Region, Chris Lamb, Wichita State; North Region: Molly Alvey, Cincinnati; Northeast Region: Sherry Dunbar, Indiana; Pacific North Region: Jennifer Greeny, Washington State; Pacific South Region: Jeff Nelson, New Mexico; South Region: Matt Peck, Middle Tennessee; Southeast Region: Craig Skinner, Kentucky; Southwest Region: Santiago Restrepo, Oklahoma. The AVCA Awards Chair is Wisconsin Head Volleyball Coach Kelly Sheffield, but because of his responsibilities as a participant in the NCAA Semifinals, Craig Skinner served as acting chair.
2013 AVCA DIVISION I FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICA
|First Name||Last Name||School||Position||Year||Height||Hometown|
|Inky||Ajanaku||Stanford University||MB||So.||6'3||Tulsa, Okla.|
|Tori||Dixon^||University of Minnesota||MB||Sr.||6'3||Burnsville, Minn.|
|Haley||Eckerman@*||University of Texas||OH||Jr.||6'3||Waterloo, Iowa|
|Natalie||Hagglund$*||University of Southern California||L||Sr.||5'9||Encinitas, Calif.|
|Micha||Hancock*||Penn State University||S||Jr.||5'11||Edmond, Okla.|
|Emily||Hartong@*||University of Hawai'i||OH||Sr.||6'2||Los Alamitos, Calif.|
|Lisa||Henning%#||University of Missouri||OH||Sr.||6'1||Blue Springs, Mo.|
|Molly||Kreklow||University of Missouri||S||Sr.||6'0||Delano, Minn.|
|Chloe||Mann*||University of Florida||MB||Sr.||6'2||Gainesville, Fla.|
|Ebony||Nwanebu||University of Southern California||OH||Fr.||6'4||Fairview, Texas|
|Kelsey||Robinson@||University of Nebraska||OH||Sr.||6'2||Bartlett, Ill.|
|Ariel||Scott%*||Penn State University||RS||Sr.||6'4||Ridgewood, N.J.|
|Krista||Vansant^||University of Washington||OH||Jr.||6'2||Redlands, Calif.|
|Carly||Wopat*||Stanford University||MB||Sr.||6'2||Santa Barbara, Calif.|
2013 AVCA DIVISION I SECOND-TEAM ALL-AMERICA
|First Name||Last Name||School||Position||Year||Height||Hometown|
|Whitney||Billings ^||University of Kentucky||RS||Sr.||6'2||Helena, Ala.|
|Liz||Brenner^||University of Oregon||OH||Jr.||6'1||Portland, Ore.|
|Samantha||Bricio||University of Southern California||OH||So.||6'2||Guadalajara, Mexico|
|Madi||Bugg||Stanford University||S||So.||6'0||Apex, N.C.|
|Lauren||Carlini||University of Wisconsin||S||Fr.||6'2||Aurora, Ill.|
|Chloe||Ferrari||University of San Diego||MB||Sr.||6'1||Clovis, Calif.|
|Kristen||Hahn^||Iowa State University||L||Sr.||5'6||Cedar Rapids, Iowa|
|Christina||Higgins||University of California||RS||Jr.||6'2||Inglewood, Calif.|
|Deja||McClendon!$#||Penn State University||OH||Sr.||6'1||Louisville, Ky.|
|Sallie||McLaurin#||University of Oklahoma||MB||Sr.||6'2||Midwest City, Okla.|
|Chiaka||Ogbogu||The University of Texas||MB||Fr.||6'2||Coppell, Texas|
|Bailey||Webster$^||The University of Texas||OH||Sr.||6'3||Baltimore, Md.|
|Lauren||Wicinski%^||Michigan State University||OH||Sr.||6'1||Geneva, Ill.|
|Ashley||Wittman@||University of Minnesota||OH||Sr.||6'0||Shakopee, Minn.|
2013 AVCA DIVISION I THIRD-TEAM ALL-AMERICA
|First Name||Last Name||School||Position||Year||Height||Hometown|
|Jocelynn||Birks||University of Illinois||OH||RS So.||6'2||Willow Springs, Ill.|
|Chelsey||Feekin||Wichita State University||S||Sr.||6'1||Papillion, Neb.|
|Alexa||Gray||Brigham Young University||OH||So.||6'2||Calgary, Alberta, Canada|
|Caroline||Jarmoc^||University of Kansas||MB||RS Sr.||6'2||Calgary, Alberta, Canada|
|Elizabeth||Koberstein||Marquette University||S||Sr.||5'11||Madison, Wis.|
|Kori||Moster||Michigan State University||L||Jr.||5'4||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Kaleigh||Nelson||University of Washington||OH||Jr.||6'0||Salem, Ore.|
|Val||Nichol||Purdue University||S||Jr.||6'1||Normal, Ill.|
|Alexis||Olgard||University of Southern California||MB||Sr.||6'5||Spokane, Wash.|
|Chantale||Riddle||University of New Mexico||RS||RS Jr.||6'0||Roswell, N.M.|
|Kadie||Rolfzen||University of Nebraska||OH||Fr.||6'3||Papillion, Neb.|
|Emily||Sklar||Duke University||OH||So.||6'3||San Jose, Calif.|
|Katie||Slay@^||Penn State University||MB||Sr.||6'6||Raleigh, N.C.|
* indicates 2012 AVCA First-Team All-America selection
^ indicates 2012 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection
# indicates 2012 AVCA Third-Team All-America selection
$ 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 Second-Team All-America selection
2013 Division I AVCA Freshman of the Year: Ebony Nwanebu, Southern Calif., OH
2013 Division I AVCA Player of the Year: Krista Vansant, Washington, OH
2013 AVCA Division I Honorable Mention All-America
|First Name||Last Name||School||Position||Year|
|Chelsea||Albers||University of Kansas||RS||Jr.|
|Hannah||Allison||University of Texas||S||Sr.|
|Ashley||Andrade||Wichita State University||MB||Sr.|
|Khat||Bell||University of Texas||MB||Jr.|
|Jennifer||Beltran||University of Illinois||L||Sr.|
|Mackenzie||Bigbee||Iowa State University||RS||So.|
|Jovana||Bjelica||University of North Carolina||OH||Gr.|
|Taylor||Brauneis||University of Florida||S||Sr.|
|Alaysia||Brown||University of San Diego||OH||Jr.|
|Rachel||Brummitt||Texas Tech University||L||Jr.|
|Joan||Caloiaro||University of California||S||Sr.|
|Ellen||Chapman||University of Wisconsin||OH||Jr.|
|Jennifer||Cross||University of Michigan||MB||Sr.|
|Adrianna||Culbert||Colorado State University||OPP||So.|
|Kelli||Culbertson||University of Tulsa||OH||Sr.|
|Shelby||Dalton||University of Utah||OPP||Jr.|
|Lexi||Dannemiller||University of Michigan||S||Jr.|
|Megan||Devine||East Tennessee State University||OH||Sr.|
|Darcy||Dorton||College of Charleston||OH||RS Sr.|
|Deedra||Foss||Colorado State University||S||RS Jr.|
|Kimmy||Gardiner||Mississippi State University||RS||Fr.|
|Sydney||Gedryn||Cal State Northridge||S||Sr.|
|Nia||Grant||Penn State University||MB||Jr.|
|Kristina||Graven||St. Mary's College||OH||Sr.|
|Meghan||Haggerty||University of Nebraska||MB||So.|
|Meredith||Hays||University of Arkansas||OH||Jr.|
|Casey||Hinger||Cal State Northridge||MB||Jr.|
|Briana||Holman||Lousiana State University||MB||Fr.|
|Alex||Holston||University of Florida||RS||Fr.|
|Jeni||Houser||University of Notre Dame||MB||Jr.|
|Carly||Kan||University of Missouri||OH||Fr.|
|Colleen||King||University of Denver||RS||Sr.|
|Madi||Kingdon||University of Arizona||OH||Jr.|
|Shelby||Kintzel||University of Northern Iowa||MB||Sr.|
|Kendall||Kritenbrink||University of South Dakota||OH||Jr.|
|Kaitlyn||Leary||Ohio State University||OH||Sr.|
|Whitney||Little||University of Missouri||MB||Jr.|
|Alexis||Mathews||Michigan State University||MB||Sr.|
|Molly||McCage||University of Texas||MB||So.|
|Sara||McClinton||University of Kansas||OH||Jr.|
|Erin||McNorton||University of Kansas||S||Sr.|
|Roxanne||McVey||Mississippi State University||L||So.|
|Alexandra||Morgan||University of Kentucky||MB||Sr.|
|Brea||Muhle||University of Denver||MB||Sr.|
|Ellen||Mullins||University of Tennessee||L||Sr.|
|Ashley||Neff||Florida State University||MB||Sr.|
|Paige||Neuenfeldt||University of North Carolina||MB||So.|
|Meghan||Niemann||Marquette University||MB||RS Fr.|
|Adrianna||Nora||University of Minnesota||RS||Jr.|
|C'era||Oliveira||University of San Diego||L||Sr.|
|Jenna||Orlandini||University of Washington||L||Sr.|
|Karin||Palgutova||St. John's University||OH||So.|
|Samantha||Peters||Colorado State University||MB||RS Sr.|
|Mary||Pollmiller||University of Nebraska||S||Jr.|
|Lauren||Rafdal||University of Toledo||OH||Sr.|
|Ziva||Recek||University of Florida||OH||So.|
|Tyler||Richardson||Middle Tennessee State University||MB||RS So.|
|Krystal||Rivers||University of Alabama||MB||RS Fr.|
|Raymariely||Santos||University of Arkansas||S||Sr.|
|Allie||Sawatzky||Texas A&M University||S||Sr.|
|Jordan||Shaw||Saint Mary's College||OH||Sr.|
|Juliette||Thevenin||University of South Carolina||OH||Sr.|
|Carly||Thomas||Missouri State University||S||Sr.|
|Brittany||Thomas||University of Alabama||OH||Fr.|
|Molly||Toon||University of Michigan||OH||Sr.|
|Taylor||Unroe||University of Florida||L||Jr.|
|Elise||Walch||Florida State University||RS||Sr.|
|Nicole||Walch||Florida State University||OH||So.|
|Sierra||Wilson||University of Alabama||S||So.|
AVCA First-Team All-America
Inky Ajanaku, a 6-3 middle blocker for Stanford University, is a sophomore from Tulsa, Okla. Clearly establishing herself as a dominant force at the net in just her second season, Ajanaku ranks second in the Pac-12 with a .438 hitting percentage and third with 1.38 blocks per set. In the NCAA Regional Finals against Penn State, she smashed 11 kills hitting .364 with six blocks. This marks Ajanaku’s first AVCA All-American appearance.
Tori Dixon, a 6-3 middle blocker for the University of Minnesota, is a senior from Burnsville, Minn. She is all over the Big Ten statistical leader board, placing second in hitting percentage (.399), sixth in kills per set (3.66), fourth in blocks per set (1.29) and sixth in kills per set (3.66). In the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament against Penn State, Dixon went toe-to-toe with some of the nation’s best to nail 12 kills on a team-high .440 hitting. Dixon earned AVCA Second-Team All-American honors a year ago, making this her second AVCA All-American honor.
Haley Eckerman, a 6-3 outside hitter for the University of Texas, is a junior from Waterloo, Iowa. Entering the NCAA Tournament, Eckerman led the No. 1 Longhorns with 4.18 kills per set, 0.37 aces per set and 4.77 points per set. Eckerman, who claimed Texas' seventh Big 12 Player of the Year honor, led the conference in kills (4.55) and points (5.24) while ranking second in service aces (0.42) and 10th in hitting percentage (.294) in conference-only competition this season. She led the Longhorns to a perfect 16-0 league record and a third straight Big 12 championship with six 20-plus kill performances and double-digit kills in all but four matches on the season. Eckerman has also claimed three Offensive Player of the Week honors this season for a career total of 15 overall weekly league accolades - tied for second most in conference history. This is her third AVCA All-American award.
Natalie Hagglund, a 5-9 libero for the University of Southern California, is a senior from Encinitas, Calif. Unquestionably one of the top defensive players in the country, Hagglund certainly has the numbers to back it up. She is No. 1 in the Pac-12 with a 5.33 digs per set average, which is good for the Pac-12 Libero of the Year honor. She is USC’s all-time career leader in digs and is largely responsible for the Trojans’ opponent hitting percentage of just .180, a full .110 below USC’s .290. Hagglund is now a third-time AVCA First-Team All-American.
Micha Hancock, a 5-11 setter for Penn State University, is a junior from Edmond, Okla. It’s been yet another fantastic run for the Nittany Lions heading into the NCAA Semifinals led by their stand-out setter. Penn State has five players that average over two kills per set, leading her team to a .312 hitting percentage in a conference of outstanding team defenses. She is also one of the top servers in the nation, ranking just behind Southern California’s Samantha Bricio with 0.63 aces per set. Hancock’s 248 career aces also set a new program record. After making it as an AVCA First-Team All-American a year ago, she now garners AVCA All-American accolades for the second time.
Emily Hartong, a 6-2 outside hitter for the University of Hawai'i, is a senior from Los Alamitos, Calif. Hartong guided the Rainbow Wahine to a share of its second straight Big West Conference championship and 19th straight league title overall. The two-time Big West Player of the Year led the conference and ranked seventh in the nation with a 4.69 kill average, while hitting .294 for the season. She also finished eighth nationally and tallied a league-leading 5.24 points per set average. Over the course of the season, she collected four Big West Player of the Week awards to increase her career total to eight. Her first honor of the season came after leading the Rainbow Wahine to a victory over top-ranked and defending national champion Texas, their first win over a No. 1-ranked opponent since knocking off UCLA in 2000. This is her third AVCA All-American award.
Lisa Henning, a 6-1 outside hitter for the University of Missouri, is a senior from Blue Springs, Mo. One of the nation's most prolific hitters, Henning just missed going over the 500-kill mark for the third consecutive year with 499, but 2013 was arguably her top year as a Tiger. She reset her career-high with a .330 attack percentage. She also added 26 aces and 86 total blocks while averaging 4.89 points per set, topping the SEC. Additionally, she collected 260 digs in the back row and converted 98.5 percent of her service receptions. She earned AVCA All-Region and AVCA All-American honors for the third consecutive year for her play this season.
Molly Kreklow, a 6-0 setter for the University of Missouri, is a senior from Delano, Minn. It was a record-setting season for the Tigers quarterbacked by their SEC Player of the Year setter. In 2013, the Tigers notched their highest national ranking in AVCA Coaches Poll history as well as their highest seed in the NCAA Tournament, both coming in at No. 4. Kreklow leads the nation in assists per set (12.65) while placing third on the team in digs (285) and fourth in blocks (69). She set her team to a nation-best .356 hitting percentage. Kreklow is a first-time AVCA All-American.
Chloe Mann, a 6-2 middle blocker for the University of Florida, is a senior from Gainesville, Fla. This wasn’t just another exceptional season for this senior, but a record breaking one. Her .506 hitting percentage broke the NCAA single-season record of .476, and her 3.45 kills per set average placed her seventh in the SEC. She hit .500 or above in 20 matches and an astounding .600 or above in 10. Mann is now a two-time AVCA First-Team All-American after making the team in 2012.
Ebony Nwanebu, a 6-4 outside hitter for the University of Southern California, is a freshman from Fairview, Texas. Nwanebu is one of the most dominant first-year players that USC has ever seen. She was named as the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and was chosen to the Pac-12 All-Conference Team as well as the league's All-Freshman Team. She won the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week award a record-breaking six times and was chosen to the Mortar Board Premier All-Tournament Team. She was the only non-middle blocker and the only freshman to rank in the Pac-12's top-10 for hitting percentage (.339) and has reached double digits in kills 21 times this season. This is her first AVCA All-American award.
Kelsey Robinson, a 6-2 outside hitter for the University of Nebraska, is a senior from Bartlett, Ill. Earlier this year, Robinson was tabbed as the Big Ten Player of the Year. She totaled 495 kills on the season and recorded an average of 4.38 kills per set. Robinson hit at a clip of .321 for the year and notched a total of 375 digs for an average of 3.32 digs per set. She also posted 18 double-doubles on the season and was named the Big Ten Player of the Week four times in 2013. Robinson tallied 10 or more kills 26 times in 2013 and hit .300 or better 20 times. Robinson was named as an Honorable Mention AVCA All-American in 2012 and recognized as an AVCA Second-Team All-American in 2011.
Ariel Scott, a 6-4 opposite for Penn State University, is a senior from Ridgewood, N.J. Scott garnered her third consecutive Big Ten postseason nod earlier this year, earning a unanimous spot on the 2013 All-Big Ten team. A finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, Scott ranked second on the team with 315 kills entering the postseason, averaging a squad-best 3.18 kills per frame. She posted double-digit kills in 16 matches this season, while leading the team in the categories 13 times throughout the season. Totaling 24 multi-block performances, she closed out the regular-season ranked second on the team in blocks, averaging 0.88 per set. Since reaching the 1,000 career kills milestone in 2012, she's added more than 345 more kills, which ranks 14th in program history. This is her third AVCA All-American award.
Krista Vansant, a 6-2 outside hitter for the University of Washington, is a junior from Redlands, Calif. It was another impressive season for Vansant, who this season was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year. The junior led Washington to the Pac-12 title this year and is one of four Huskies named to the All-Pac-12 Team. She was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week three times this season, and Defensive Player of the Week once. Her 4.99 points per set ranked second in the Pac-12 and 15th nationally. Vansant averages 4.31 kills per set while hitting .318, and she ranked seventh in the league with 0.30 aces per set. This is her second AVCA All-American award.
Carly Wopat, a 6-2 middle blocker for Stanford University, is a senior from Santa Barbara, Calif. The top blocker in the Pac-12 averaging 1.43 blocks per set, Wopat alongside teammate and fellow first-teamer Inky Ajanaku have combined to be the top blocking combination in the country. Offensively, her .429 hitting percentage ranks her tenth in a country. Wopat has now garnered AVCA First-Team All-American honors for the second consecutive year.
AVCA Second-Team All-America
Whitney Billings, a 6-2 opposite for the University of Kentucky, is a senior from Helena, Ala. One of the most accomplished players in program history, Billings wrapped up a fine career ranking first in the rally scoring era in kills (1,393) and points (1,671.5) as a Wildcat. In 2013, she placed fifth in the SEC in kills per set (3.66), and the top-17 in digs per set (2.81) and service aces per set (0.24/27 total). This is Billings’ second consecutive AVCA Second-Team All-American honor.
Liz Brenner, a 6-1 outside hitter for the University of Oregon, is a junior from Portland, Ore. Brenner led the Pac -12 with 4.67 kills/set, a mark that ranked ninth in the nation. She was also a key component in the Ducks’ defense with 3.15 digs/set, second on the team. Brenner also jumped to fourth in the Oregon record book with 547.5 points this season. The junior also registered 514 kills, eighth best all time. During conference matches, Brenner led by a wide margin in kills/set at 4.97, over 0.5 kills/set better than the second place player. Brenner also averaged a conference-best 5.28 points/set. This is her second AVCA All-American award.
Samantha Bricio, a 6-2 outside hitter for the University of Southern California, is a sophomore from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Bricio's impressive play this year was enough to see her honored on the Pac-12 all-conference team this season. She was chosen for Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors on Nov. 4 and was twice chosen as the most valuable player in pre-conference tournaments. Bricio rewrote the USC record books this season, as she claimed the top single-season mark in service aces. The 80 regular-season aces also tied the third highest single-season total in Pac-12 history. In under two seasons, she has moved into fifth in career aces at USC and is on the verge of cracking the top-10 in career points. This is her first AVCA All-American award.
Madi Bugg, a 6-0 setter for Stanford University, is a sophomore from Apex, N.C. In order for a great offense to run at full capacity it needs a great setter to fuel the engine. Bugg was just that in 2013, leading her team to a nationally fourth-best .308 hitting percentage with five teammates averaging no fewer than 2.72 kills per set. Teammates and first-team All-Americans Carly Wopat and Inky Ajanaku registered hitting percentages of .429 and .438, respectively, with Bugg as setter. That’s not to say Bugg didn’t put up quality numbers of her own, her 11.88 assists per set is good for seventh in the country while defensively recording 258 digs and 73 blocks. Her 35 service aces led the Cardinal. Bugg is a first-time AVCA All-American.
Lauren Carlini, a 6-2 setter for the University of Wisconsin, is a freshman from Aurora, Ill. Carlini, the 2013 Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year, was also named to the 2013 All-Big Ten team. The 6-2 setter ran the Badgers offense, putting up 10.99 assists per set, which ranked third in the Big Ten. She ranked second on the team with 28 service aces and 2.84 digs per set entering the NCAA tournament. Carlini notched a team-best 19 double-doubles on the season, which is the best among national freshmen. She also ranked third on the team with 0.79 blocks per set. This is her first AVCA All-American award.
Chloe Ferrari, a 6-1 middle blocker for the University of San Diego, is a senior from Clovis, Calif. Ferrari, the 2013 WCC Player of the Year, had a strong senior season to tally a team-best 325 kills with an impressive .447 hitting percentage, as well as 98 blocks and 85 digs. Ferrari was named the WCC Player of the month for both September and October, as she helped guide USD to a program record 26-3 overall mark on the season, and into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Ferrari was also tabbed WCC Player of the Week three times this season. After suffering a season-ending injury late in the 2012 season, the senior middle came back strong to tally 299 kills with an impressive Conference-leading .435 hitting percentage, as well as 91 blocks and 79 digs. This is her first AVCA All-American award.
Kristen Hahn, a 5-6 libero for Iowa State University, is a senior from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Sometimes it can be difficult to properly value a libero by simply looking at her numbers and accolades, but Hahn certainly has plenty of those. The three-time Big 12 Libero of the Year averages a nationally-ranked third best 5.71 digs per set while holding the career record for most consecutive matches with at least 10 digs (67) and most career matches with 20 digs (49) and 30 digs (eight). This is her second consecutive appearance on the AVCA Division II All-America Second Team.
Christina Higgins, a 6-2 right side for the University of California, is a junior from Inglewood, Calif. She ranks second in the Pac-12 in kills per set average (3.52) amongst other conference opposites and is ninth overall. In addition to her .292 hitting percentage and 0.75 blocks per set average, she elevated her game when they needed it most. While teammate Adrienne Gehan had to sit to nurse an injury, Higgins slid over to outside hitter and proceeded to record career-highs in kills in consecutive matches, nailing 21 against Washington then 26 against Washington State. Higgins garners AVCA All-American honors for the first time in her three-year career.
Deja McClendon, a 6-1 outside hitter for Penn State University, is a senior from Louisville, Ky. Few players have embodied a true all-around consistent game over a four-year span better than McClendon. Earlier this season, she became the first Nittany Lion since Megan Hodge in 2009 to eclipse the 1,000 kill/1,000 dig milestone, and the fifth overall. Leading the team to another Big Ten Championship, the 2010 Big Ten Freshman of the Year led the team in total kills (335) and second in digs (326). In the win over Stanford to head to her third NCAA Semifinals in four years, McClendon smashed 21 kills on .316 hitting to accompany 16 digs. The Kentucky native is now just the third Penn State player to garner AVCA All-American honors for four years.
Sallie McLaurin, a 6-2 middle blocker for the University of Oklahoma, is a senior from Midwest City, Okla. At middle blocker, McLaurin led the Sooner attack with 3.78 kills per set. She placed 11th in the nation in hitting percentage (.423) and 23rd in blocks per set (1.37) during the regular season. McLaurin finished her career ranked seventh in kills (1,351) and second in blocks (633) at Oklahoma. She was a five-time Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week in her senior campaign and was named the AVCA National Player of the Week on September 17. McLaurin picked up her third selection to the All-Big 12 First Team a week ago. This is her second AVCA All-American award.
Chiaka Ogbogu, a 6-2 middle blocker for the University of Texas, is a freshman from Coppell, Texas. A dual threat for the Longhorns, Ogbogu ranked second in the league in hitting percentage in Big 12-only matches (.386) and overall matches (.409), while ranking ninth (1.08) and eighth in blocks (1.09), respectively. The freshman claimed three Big 12 Rookie of the Week awards this season. She averaged 1.77 kills per set in the regular season and has posted a hitting percentage of .500 or better in 12 matches in which she has recorded at least five kills. Ogbogu also has six matches with five or more blocks. This is her first AVCA All-American award.
Bailey Webster, a 6-3 outside hitter for the University of Texas, is a senior from Baltimore, Md. Webster is no stranger to accolades, as she has previously been recognized not only as an All-American athlete, but also the 2011 Big 12 Player of the Year. Her consistently high-level play continued this season, as Webster led Texas' outside hitters this season with a .287 hitting percentage entering the NCAA Regionals. She ranked second on the team with 339 kills and 3.46 kills per set. Additionally, Webster's .321 career hitting percentage is eighth best in program history. This is her third AVCA All-American award.
Lauren Wicinski, a 6-1 outside hitter for Michigan State University, is a senior from Geneva, Ill. A four-time AVCA All-Region selection, the Illinois native ends her career as a Spartan with a total of 2,424 kills, which is 13th all time in NCAA history and first for active players. She’s first in the Big Ten with 5.20 points per set to go along with a third-best kills per set (4.44) and services aces per set average (0.41). She joins just a handful of players to earn AVCA All-American honors for a third time after finishing on the third team in 2011 while at Northern Illinois and on the second team a year ago.
Ashley Wittman, a 6-0 outside hitter for the University of Minnesota, is a senior from Shakopee, Minn. This six-rotation player was indispensible to the Gophers in their Big Ten and NCAA Tournament run. She led the Golden Gophers with 16 double-doubles and was second on the team in kills per set (3.41), third in blocks (82) and first in digs per set (3.43). She helped Minnesota never fall out of the top-11 of the AVCA Coaches Poll at any point this season, ranking as high as fourth for two weeks. After garnering second-team honors in 2011, Wittman is now a two-time AVCA All-American.
AVCA Third-Team All-America
McKenzie Adams, a 6-3 outside hitter for the University of Texas at San Antonio, is a senior from Schertz, Texas. The Conference USA Player of the Year and C-USA Tournament Most Valuable Player led the nation with 5.78 kills per set and was second nationally with 6.23 points per set prior to the NCAA Tournament. Adams led the Roadrunners (24-8, 13-1 C-USA) to the C-USA Regular Season and Tournament Championships and the program's third NCAA Tournament appearance this past season. She earned seven C-USA Player of the Week Awards (six offensive/one defensive) during her senior campaign. She was the first player in program history to be named the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week on Nov. 5. This is her first AVCA All-American award.
Jocelynn Birks, a 6-2 outside hitter for the University of Illinois, is a redshirt sophomore from Willow Springs, Ill. A potent attacker, Birks ranked fifth in the Big Ten and 40th in the nation in kills per set, fourth in the Big Ten and 38th in the nation in points, and was fourth in both categories during conference play. The six-rotation player gained confidence with her serve towards the end of the season, landing 10 aces in the final eight matches to finish the year tied for seventh in aces per set in Big Ten play. The unanimous All-Big Ten selection has totaled 488 kills, 269 digs, 75 blocks, 27 aces and 20 assists on the season, putting up a sum of 556.5 points in 2013. This is her first AVCA All-American award.
Chelsea Feekin, a 6-1 setter for Wichita State University, is a senior from Papillion, Neb. The Valley co-Player of the Year proved as a setter there wasn’t a lot she wasn’t able to do. She led her team to a .281 team hitting percentage and averaged 10.60 assists per set of her own. While she didn’t take many swings she made them count, attacking at a .433 clip with 187 kills. Feekin was a large part of what they did defensively, finishing second on the Shockers averaging 2.42 digs per set and fourth with 83 blocks. Feekin garners AVCA All-American honors for the first time.
Alexa Gray, a 6-2 outside hitter for Brigham Young University, is a sophomore from Calgary, AB, Canada. Gray led the Cougars with 3.91 kills per set and averaged 4.35 points per set. Earlier this season, she was named to the All-WCC first team and was a WCC Player of the Week in September. Gray was sixth in hitting percentage (.315 percent) and fifth in kills per set at 3.84 to lead BYU. This is Gray’s second consecutive year on the All-WCC first team. This is her first AVCA All-American award.
Caroline Jarmoc, a 6-2 middle blocker for the University of Kansas, is a redshirt-senior from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Jarmoc is first in the program’s history in total blocks with 555, and is also the only Jayhawk to record 100 or more blocks in four consecutive seasons. She ranks in the top-10 in the Big 12 in four categories: hitting percentage (.320), kills per set (3.06), blocks per set (1.15) and points per set (3.94). She is now a two-time AVCA All-American after making it onto the second team a year ago.
Elizabeth Koberstein, a 5-11 setter for Marquette University, is a senior from Madison, Wis. The BIG EAST Player of the Year currently places third nationally averaging 12.18 assists per set, which led to a conference-best team hitting percentage of .283. The Golden Eagles won their first BIG EAST Women’s Volleyball Championship Title when they defeated Creighton in four sets, and earned their third consecutive berth in the NCAA Tournament. Koberstein is now a first-time AVCA All-American.
Kori Moster, 5-4 libero for Michigan State University, is a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio. Moster became MSU's all-time dig leader on Nov. 8 against Northwestern, in the 96th match of her career. The junior is the only player in program history to be named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, and she has now done it in back-to-back seasons. Her total dig count entering the NCAA regionals was 1,648, which ranks 15th all-time in the Big Ten and 57th among active players in Division I volleyball. This is her first AVCA All-American award.
Kaleigh Nelson, a 6-0 outside hitter for the University of Washington, is a junior from Salem, Ore. She finished second in kills per set (3.06) on a Husky squad bound for the NCAA Semifinals. In the NCAA Regional Final over the University of Southern California in a fantastic five-set match, she nailed 14 kills and recorded seven digs. They will play Penn State University on Thursday. Nelson earns AVCA All-American accolades for the first time.
Val Nichol, a 6-1 setter for Purdue University, is a junior from Normal, Ill. Nichol, an All-Big Ten winner, averaged 2.76 kills per set, while also dishing out 6.03 assists per set, managing 1.73 digs per set and serving up 20 aces. She recorded 18 double-doubles and two triple-doubles, including a 14-kill, 27-assist, 10-dig performance against No. 4 Missouri in the NCAA Second Round. She has posted double-digit kill tallies 15 times and double-digit digs on five occasions. The junior helped Purdue's hitters to a .250 or better hitting percentage in 15 matches, while hitting over the .250 mark 18 times as an individual, including .300 or better 15 times, .400 or better nine times and over .500 twice. This is her first AVCA All-American award.
Alexis Olgard, a 6-5 middle blocker for the University of Southern California, is a senior from Spokane, Wash. Olgard wraps up a fine career as a Trojan with the best season of her career. When it comes to hitting efficiency, you couldn’t find a better player in the Pac-12 at .442, which is also good for eighth in the nation. Her 1.28 blocks per set average puts her in the top-5 of the conference. Olgard earns AVCA All-American status for the first time in her career.
Chantale Riddle, a 6-0 right side for the University of New Mexico, is a red shirt-junior from Roswell, N.M. One of the most dominating players in the Mountain West Conference, Riddle led the Lobos and the Mountain West Conference in kills (468) and kills per set (4.11). Her current kill total of 1,182 is good for fifth in program history with still a year to go. Riddle is a first-time AVCA All-American.
Kadie Rolfzen, a 6-3 outside hitter for the University of Nebraska, is a freshman from Papillion, Neb. Rolfzen put together a stellar freshman campaign for the Huskers, recording 356 kills on the season and averaging 3.46 kills per set, in addition to 262 digs and an average of 2.54 digs per set. She was named to the All-Big Ten team as well as earning a unanimous spot on the All-Freshman team. Rolfzen notched 12 double-doubles on the season and posted a career-high 20 kills against Michigan on Nov. 16. This is her first AVCA All-American award.
Emily Sklar, a 6-3 outside hitter for Duke University, is a sophomore from San Jose, Calif. Sklar achieved special distinction after leading the Blue Devils in kills (405) and kills per set (3.89). The 2013 ACC Player of the Year, she is the only sophomore in Duke history, and eighth player overall, to take home ACC Player of the Year honors. Sklar put down 10 or more kills in 28 contests, including each of Duke’s final 23 matches. She also tied for the team lead with 10 double-doubles and picked up over 220 digs on the year. This is her first AVCA All-American award.
Katie Slay, a 6-6 middle blocker for Penn State University, is a senior from Raleigh, N.C. One of the best players in Nittany Lion history to patrol the middle, Slay had yet another tremendous season leading her team to the NCAA Semifinals. Her .404 hitting percentage puts her amongst the best in the nation, and her 1.67 blocks per set average is third in the country and first in the Big Ten. In the NCAA Regional Finals against Stanford, Slay notched nine kills on .438 hitting adding a team-high 10 blocks. After making it to the second team in the previous two seasons, Slay is now a three-time AVCA All-American.