AVCA Division II Regional Awards


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2013 AVCA Division II All-Region Teams

Atlantic Region

Name School Position Year
Tabitha Bias Fairmont State University S JR
Molly Delaney California University (PA) OH SR
Jill Edwards*** Shippensburg University OH SR
Marissa Erminio  University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown OH FR
Hannah Heeter** Clarion University OPP SR
Bethany Kendera  University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown MB SR
Haley Kindall  Wheeling Jesuit University MB FR
Kayce Krucki Wheeling Jesuit University OH FR
Laurel Miller California University (PA) OH JR
Jenna Pew**** Wheeling Jesuit University MB/S SR
Makenzie Ripley  Wheeling Jesuit University L JR
Laura Subject** Clarion University S JR
Brianna Swann Fairmont State University OH SR
Amber Wilson Fairmont State University MB SR


Region Freshman of the Year: Haley Kindall, Wheeling Jesuit, MB

Honorable Mention: Corrine Gahagen (Seton Hill, MB, Jr.), Maura Nolan (Shippensburg, S, Fr.), Emma Schleucher (Wheeling Jesuit, OH, Fr.), Tiffany Smathers (Fairmont State, L, Jr.), Emiy Stewart (Clarion, OH, Sr.), Megan Wendel (Gannon, S, Jr.)


Central Region

Name School Position Year
Julia Bates*** University of Central Missouri S SR
Kelsey Chambers  Northern State University RS SO
Marissa Cox Washburn University RS JR
Alyssa Frauendorfer Wayne State College (NE) MB FR
Taylor Goodness University of Central Missouri OH SR
Holly Hafemeyer** Augustana College MB SR
Ashley Hinsch** University of Minnesota Duluth S SO
Kayla Koenecke** Concordia University, St. Paul RS SR
Amanda Konetchy**** Concordia University, St. Paul S SR
Kate Lange*** University of Minnesota Duluth OH SR
Julie Rainey University of Minnesota Duluth L JR
Annie Reilly University of Central Missouri L SO
Heather Schiller Concordia University, St. Paul MB SO
Monica Turner University of Minnesota Duluth MB SO


Region Freshman of the Year: Alyssa Frauendorfer, Wayne State, MB

Honorable Mention: Mollie Arnold (Harding, OH, Sr.), Emily McDonough (Concordia-St. Paul, OH, So.), Abbey Thissen (SW Minnesota State, RS, So.), Haley Thompson (Central Missouri, MB, Fr.), Abby Whitman (Washburn, S, Sr.), Courtney Ysker (Augustana, OH, Jr.)


East Region


Name School Position Year
Kaulana Ane University of New Haven S JR
Shelby Cable*** NYIT OH SR
Amber Cannady*** University of New Haven MB SR
Kaitlyn DeStefano** Adelphi University MB JR
Savannah Dominguez Bentley University MB SO
Savannah Donarski** NYIT OH SR
Marija Jovanovic NYIT S SR
Kea-Marie Olaso University of New Haven L SO
Larissa Oliveira*** University of Bridgeport MB JR
Delia Phillips Stonehill College OH SO
Sarah Rosa University of Bridgeport OH SO
Biljana Savic*** University of Bridgeport S JR
Stephanie Sheehan Merrimack College OH JR
Ying Shen** University of Bridgeport OH JR

Region Freshman of the Year: 
Maryellen Devic, College of St. Rose, MB

Honorable Mention:  Kelly Brown (NYIT, MB, Sr.), Katie Bryson (Adelphi, S, Sr.), Katie Daniels (St. Rose, L, Jr.), Alex Gagliano (St. Rose, MB, Sr.), Kristen Lee (New Haven, OH, So.), Lauren Miller (Franklin Pierce, L, Sr.)

Midwest Region 


Name School Position Year
Abby Aiken Grand Valley State University OH JR
Brittany Anglemyer University of Indianapolis MB SR
Meghan Binkerd** University of Indianapolis S JR
Allie Brak Truman State University OH JR
Chelsea Burkle University of Missouri-St. Louis OH SR
Ali Cudworth Ashland University OH FR
Kaleigh Lound Grand Valley State University MB SO
Jaclyn Ohlmann Bellarmine University L JR
Juliia Pakhomenko** Northwood University OH SR
Ali Patterson Truman State University MB SO
Morgan Rietzke Rockhurst University OH FR
Danielle Taflinger** The University of Findlay MB SR
Kimberly Vertin Lewis University OH RS-JR
Kaitlyn Wolters Grand Valley State University S JR

Region Freshman of the Year:  Morgan Rietzke, Rockhurst, OH

Honorable Mention: Alexis Davito (Lewis, RS, So.), Abby Heise (Truman St., RS, So.), Angi Kent (Ferris St., MB, Sr.), Whitney Kostal (Rockhurst, S, So.), Katie Loescher (Rockhurst, MB, So.), Abbey Winter (Southern Indiana, MB, So.)


South Region

Name School Position Year
Becca Acevedo** Palm Beach Atlantic University S JR
Christina Alessi Palm Beach Atlantic University OPP SR
Jenny Bellairs University of West Florida MB SR
Lindsay Biggs*** Eckerd College OH SR
Meagan Burke** University of Tampa MB JR
Alexis Gillis Christian Brothers University OH SO
Melissa Holt University of West Georgia L SR
Lindsay Homme** University of West Florida MB SR
Camille Indest** Rollins College MB SR
Marissa Lisenbee University of Tampa OPP SO
Jaclyn Mailoto Saint Leo University S SR
Holly Reschke** University of Tampa OH SR
Faith Rohn Palm Beach Atlantic University OH SO
Berkley Whaley University of Tampa OH SO


Region Freshman of the Year:  Brinsley Cooper, Christian Brothers, MB

Honorable Mention:  Melissa Buckingham (Palm Beach Atlantic, L, Jr.), Lauren Campbell (Saint Leo, OH, Jr.), Jenna Kirkwood (Valdosta St., OH, Jr.), Kendall Marotti (Florida Southern, S, So.), Katarina Milojevic (Eckerd, MB, Jr.), Jessica Wagner (Tampa, MB, So.)


Southeast Region


Name School Position Year
Tarryn Angermeier Lander University MH SO
Manyi Ati** University of Montevallo MH SR
Alison Cooke Wingate University S RS-JR
Caitlyn Dean*** Tusculum College L SR
Summer Kremer King University OH JR
Anna Hilton** Wingate University RS SR
Kristen Holmes Armstrong Atlantic State University MH SR
Abby Meyers  Flagler College MH SR
Megan Pando Armstrong Atlantic State University S SR
Lexi Potter** Wingate University MH JR
Jessica Santaniello** Armstrong Atlantic State University OH SR
Stephanie Sfara Armstrong Atlantic State University OH JR
Emilee Taylor*** Flagler College OH SR
Kaitlin Walton Lincoln Memorial University OH SR


Region Freshman of the Year:  Emily Wylie, Armstrong Atlantic, RS

Honorable Mention: Kaleigh Harvey (Montevallo, L, Sr.), Casey Mense (Lincoln Memorial, L, So.), Kailey Smith (Francis Marion, S, Sr.), Payton Tipton (King, L, Jr.), Carly White (Mount Olive, MH, Sr.), Emily Wylie (Armstrong Atlantic, RS, Fr.)


South Central Region

Name School Position Year
Alysa Heath Metropolitan State University OH SR
Lauren Bevan West Texas A&M University OH JR
Amy Davault Texas A&M University-Commerce OH JR
Halie Harton West Texas A&M University OH SR
Cameron Hartson Dallas Baptist University L SR
Melissa Hess Colorado Mesa University MB JR
Madison Huth** Angelo State University MB SR
Laura Iwuchukwu West Texas A&M University MB RS-SR
Danielle Johnson-Hazlewood Colorado School of Mines S SO
Maggi Jo Keffury Angelo State University S JR
Katie Klein Regis University RS SO
Jordan Neal Texas A&M University-Commerce S SR
Melanie Wannamaker** Colorado School of Mines MB SR
Alanna Winfield Colorado School of Mines RS FR


Region Freshman of the Year:  Alanna Winfield, Colorado School of Mines, RS 

Honorable Mention:  Sunni Rae Baird (Colorado Mesa, L, Sr.), Lauren Britten (West Texas A&M, L, Fr.) Lexi Davis (West Texas A&M, MB, So.), Angelina Pulu (Western New Mexico, OH, Sr.), Lauren Quijano (Metro State, RS, Jr.), Shelby Wilt (Angelo State, L, Jr.)


West Region

Name School Position Year
Danielle Dahle UC San Diego OH SO
Kayla Erickson   Western Washington University MB JR
Kelsey Hull** Sonoma State University OPP JR
Samantha Hutchinson** Western Washington University L JR
Iona Lofrano California State University, LA OH SO
Tori May Cal State San Bernardino MB JR
Sara McCutchan UC San Diego MB JR
Brenna McIntosh Cal State San Bernardino MB SO
Hayley Ross Sonoma State University S SR
Heidi Sierks UC San Diego S SO
Caylie Seitz Sonoma State University OH SO
Andrea Terpstra Northwest  Nazarene University MB RS-JR
Torey Thompson Chico State S FR
Katelynn Zanders University of Alaska Anchorage OH SO


Region Freshman of the Year: Torey Thompson, Chico State, S

Honorable Mention: Caitlin Brenton (UC San Diego, OPP, Jr.), Catie Fry (Central Washington, S, So.), Madelyn Densberger (Sonoma State, OPP, So.), Sam Harthun (Alaska Fairbanks, OH, So.), Malika O'Brien (California Baptist, MB, So.), Lindsay Quigley (Chico State, MB, Jr.) 

* Denotes total number of years selected to AVCA Division II All-Region Team



2013 AVCA Division II Region Coaches of the Year 


LEXINGTON, Ky. - The following coaches have been selected by their region as the 2013 AVCA Division II Regional Coach of the Year. Each of the honorees will represent their region on the 2013 AVCA National Coach of the Year ballot. The awards will be officially presented at the 2013 Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in Seattle Wash. on Thursday, Dec. 19, at the 2013 American Volleyball Coaches Association Annual Convention.


AVCA Division II Atlantic Region Coach of the Year
Christy Benner, Wheeling Jesuit University
2013 Record: 34-5, 16-0 Mountain East Conference

Now in her 12th season running the Cardinals volleyball team, few have been more successful in the Atlantic Region than Benner. She has led her No. 25 ranked squad to a perfect 16-0 record in the newly formed Mountain East Conference and the No. 1 seed in the Atlantic Region of the NCAA Division II Tournament. This marks WJU's sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and is just the second time in school history to host. The MEC Coach of the Year also coached five players to receive All-MEC honors including conference player of the year Jenna Pew. This is Benner's second AVCA Region Coach of the Year award after winning it in 2011.

AVCA Division II Central Region Coach of the Year
Flip Piontek, University of Central Missouri
2013 Record: 32-1, 15-1 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association

Joining Tampa's Chris Catanach as the only other 2013 AVCA Division II Region Coach of the Year to have one loss entering the NCAA Tournament, Jennies Head Coach Flip Piontek has his team ready for a tournament run. They opened the 2013 campaign winning their first 22 matches, not losing until October 23rd. Since then they haven't looked back, winners of their last 10 ending with the MIAA Tournament Championship. Piontek coached three players to the AVCA All-Region Team and seven total on the All-MIAA Team including Player of the Year Julia Bates. This is the second time the MIAA Coach of the Year has earned AVCA Region Coach of the Year honors, also winning in 2011.


AVCA Division II East Region Coach of the Year
Leo Uzcategui, University of Bridgeport
2013 Record: 21-2, 15-1 East Coast Conference

It's been another outstanding season for Bridgeport led by fifth-year head coach Leo Uzcategui. This year marks the sixth consecutive NCAA appearance after advancing to the NCAA East Regional Final a year ago. The Purple Knights took home their second consecutive East Coast Conference Championship and are currently riding a 15-match winning streak. Bridgeport enters the tournament ranked first in the conference in kills per set (12.94), hitting percentage (.268), assists per set (11.82) and points per set (16.8). This is Uzcategui's third AVCA Region Coach of the Year award after winning in 2009 and 2011.


AVCA Division II Midwest Region Coach of the Year
Cass Dixon, Ashland University
2013 Record: 25-7, 15-3 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

In just her third season as the head coach of Ashland University, Cass Dixon has turned around a 15-13 team in 2011 to now their second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. They will have the fourth seed in the eight-team Midwest Regional Tournament. Dixon certainly has one of the younger teams in the tournament, starting three freshmen and a sophomore. Ashland finishes the regular season ranking first in the GLIAC in points per set averaging 17.3 and tied for first in kills per set with 13.28. Dixon is now a first-time AVCA Region Coach of the Year.


AVCA Division II South Region Coach of the Year
Chris Catanach, University of Tampa
2013 Record: 29-1, 16-0 Sunshine State Conference

When it comes to volleyball coaches at any level in this country, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better one than Tampa's Chris Catanach. Now in his 30th year at the helm of the Spartans, he boasts a career 935- 165 record and UT is the current No. 1 team in the nation according to the latest AVCA Division II Coaches Top-25 Poll. They will play host to the eight-team NCAA Division II Volleyball South Regional this week looking for its fifth consecutive regional championship. Tampa has dominated the Sunshine State Conference, completing the last two regular seasons without a loss spanning 36 matches. This marks Catanach's unprecedented 13th AVCA Region Coach of the Year honor, winning in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

AVCA Division II Southeast Region Coach of the Year
Shelton Collier, Wingate University
2013 Record: 29-2, 22-0 South Atlantic Conference

After another outstanding season for the Bulldogs that saw them go a perfect 22-0 in the SAC, head coach Shelton Collier has his ninth-ranked squad as the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Southeast Region. They earned the seed after winning their eighth consecutive regular season SAC and Tournament Championship. They begin the NCAA Tournament as one of the hottest teams in the nation, coming in as winners of 26 consecutive matches. Their last loss came on September 8th when they fell to then-No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul. Collier is now a four-time AVCA Southeast Region Coach of the Year after also winning in 2008, 2009 and 2010.


AVCA Division II South Central Region Coach of the Year
Jason Skoch, West Texas A&M
2013 Record: 31-3, 16-0 Lone Star Conference

Since joining West Texas A&M in 2009, head coach Jason Skoch has done nothing but win. In 2013, his squad claimed their eighth consecutive Lone Star Conference Title after defeating No. 20 Angelo State. The No. 6 Lady Buffs were selected to host the program's ninth South Central Regional Tournament and will be the top seed. West Texas A&M led the conference in team hitting percentage (.243), blocks per set (2.90) and third in assists (12.98) and kills per set (13.64). Skoch is now a first-time AVCA Region Coach of the Year.


AVCA Division II West Region Coach of the Year
Kim Cherniss, Cal State University San Bernardino
2013 Record: 25-5, 21-1 California Collegiate Athletic Association

There isn't a lot Kim Cherniss hasn't done at Cal State San Bernardino in her more than 20 years, winning the AVCA National Coach of the Year in 2008 and is now a six-time AVCA West Region and CCAA Coach of the Year. She continued her success in 2013 after a 25-5 overall record and a CCAA Conference Championship after defeating Cal State L.A. in four sets. The Coyotes were selected as host of the NCAA West Regionals for the seventh time in eight years and will be the region's top seed. Four different players were selected on an All-CCAA squad and Cherniss was selected as co-Coach of the Year alongside Sonoma State's Bear Grassl.


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