DIV I      
Browne
SU
Hancock
PSU
Murphy
Florida
Winklemann
Nebraska
Stephanie Browne
Stanford
Senior
Middle Blocker
Key Notes:
• Junior season cut short by a knee-injury suffered in October
• Despite shortened season, Browne set four statistical career bests.
 
Micha Hancock
Penn State
Freshman
Setter
Key Notes:
• Three-time state champion (Okla.)
• One of PrepVolleyball.com's top 50 recruits
• 2010 H.S. All-American
• 2010 Senior Ace
 
Kelly Murphy
Florida
Senior
Setter
Key Notes:
• 2010 SEC Player of the Year
• First Team All-American
• Only player in the SEC to rank in the top 10 in kills per set, service aces per set and hitting percentage.
 
Shelby Winklemann
Nebraska
Freshman
Defensive Specialist
Key Notes:
• Two-time state champion
• Parade All-American - in basketball
• 5.88 kills per set in 2010
• 541 hitting percentage in 2010
 
DIV II      
Middleborn
CSSB
Haag
Concordia
Selkridge
Tampa
Fister
Central Missouri
Samantha Middleborn
CS-San Bernardino
Senior
Middle Blocker
Key Notes:
• 2010 Division II Player of Year
• Led nation in hitting percentage (.480)
• Averaged 1.18 blocks per set last season
Cassie Haag
Concordia
Junior
Middle Hitter
Key Notes: 
• 2010 AVCA First Team All-American
• 2010 NCAA All-Tournament Team
• 2010 Central Region All-Tournament Team
Danielle Selkridge
Tampa
Junior
Middle Hitter
Key Notes:
• Second in nation in hitting percentage
• Led SSC in hitting percentage
• Set school record in kill percentage (.714)
Rachel Fister
Central Missouri
Senior
Libero
Key Notes:
• Led MIAA with 708 digs last season
• Had 38 matches with double-figure digs last season
• Led team with 35 aces last season
DIV III      
Schonefeld
Emory
Rietema
Calvin
Fisher
Washington
Horning
Eastern
Natalie Schonefeld
Emory
Senior
Setter
Key Notes:
• NCAA Championships All-Tournament Team
• AVCA Honorable Mention All-America
• Ninth nationally in assists in 2010 (11.17 aps)
Megan Rietema
Calvin
Sophomore
Setter
Key Notes:
• Scored the final two points that clinched national title
• Tallied 2,180 assists and 94 kills in 2010
• Averaged 10.83 assists/set last season
Marilee Fisher
Washington (Mo.)
Junior
Setter
Key Notes:
• Led UAA in assists per set in 2010
• Ranked second nationally in assists
• Was named an All-American for the second time
Maria Horning
Eastern
Senior
Setter
Key Notes:
• Three-time Freedom Conference Player of the Year
• Three-time All American
• Averaged 11.46 assists per set in 2010

DIV I

Penn State Nittany Lions
Key Players: Micha Hancock (Freshman, Setter), Ariel Scott (Sophomore, Outside Hitter), Katie Kabbes (Senior, Outside Hitter), Kristin Carpenter (Junior, Setter), Deja McClendon (Senior, Outside Hitter).

Notes: The Nittany Lions are going for their fifth consecutive national championship. If they are to win it this season, they’ll do so with a young bunch. Counting redshirts, Penn State will bring seven freshman to the floor in 2011.

USC Trojans
Key Players: Kendall Bateman (Senior, Setter), Alex Jupiter (Senior, Outside Hitter), Sara Shaw (Sophomore, Outside Hitter), Lauren Williams (Senior, Middle Blocker), Katie Fuller (Junior Outside Hitter).

Notes: Reaching the NCAA semifinals and finishing third in the Conference last season, the Trojans return virtually intact, with five starters and top libero back for 2011.

Nebraska Cornhuskers
Key Players: Brooke Delano (Senior, Middle Blocker), Hanna Werth (Junior, Outside Hitter), Jordan Wilberger (Senior, Middle Blocker), Allison McNeal (Junior, Middle Blocker), Shelby Winklemann (Freshman Defensive Specialist).

Notes: Entering their first Big Ten season in 2011, the Huskers will return two AVCA All-Americans. However, they’ll also bring five freshmen to the court.

DIV II

Concordia-St. Paul Golden Bears
Key Players: Cassie Haag (Junior, Middle Hitter), Megan Carlson (Senior, Outside Hitter), Kayla Koenecke (Sophomore, Outside Hitter), Amanda Konetchy (Sophomore, Setter), Kara Piosky (Junior, Outside Hitter).

Notes: In Division II, it’s Concordia who has the dynasty. Like the Nittany Lions, the Golden Bears also have won the past four national championships. However, unlike their Division I counterparts, Concordia brings back most of its championship squad.

Tampa Spartans
Key Players: Danielle Selkridge (Junior, Middle Hitter), Jessica Yingling (Junior, Outside Hitter), Julie Howlett (Senior, Libero), Eva Dupay (Senior, Outside Hitter), Camille Hanks (Senior, Middle Hitter).

Notes: The 2006 national champions have now been represented in 203 consecutive polls, marking the nation’s second longest active streak (Central Missouri). Head coach Chris Catanach’s squad is no stranger to the top of the polls, spending a total of 23 weeks at No. 1.

Central Missouri Mules
Key Players:Taylor Krejeci (Senior, Defensive Specialist), Paula Harris (Senior, Middle Hitter), Bradye Peniston (Junior, Middle Hitter), Kelsey Ort (Senior, Defensive Specialist), Hillary McCormick (Junior, Middle Hitter).

Notes: The Jennies were the unanimous choice to win a third consecutive league title with six starters returning from the 2010 squad that advanced to the NCAA DII semifinals.

DIV III

Calvin Knights
Key Players: Rebecca Kamp (Senior, Middle Blocker), Renee DeHaan (Junior, Middle Blocker), Megan Rietema (Sophomore, Setter), Lizzie Kamp (Junior, Middle Blocker), Erin VanderPlas (Junior, Outside Hitter).

Notes: During its march through the DIII tournament, Calvin knocked off then No. 2 Wittenberg No. 3 Juniata College and top-ranked Emory. All but two members of that championship team return this year.

Emory Eagles
Key Players: Breanah Bourque (Junior, Middle Hitter), Molly Landers (Sophomore, Defensive Specialist), Jessica McAlvany (Senior, Outside Hitter), Alena Ransom (Junior, Outside Hitter), Natalie Schonefeld (Senior, Setter).

Notes: Emory spent most of last season ranked No. 1 in the nation. Not only does a good chunk of that squad return, but its freshmen class is being touted as one of the best in the nation, as well.

Wittenberg Tigers
Key Players: Hallie Donathan (Junior, Setter), Katie Sumner (Senior, Middle Hitter), Miranda Sagle (Senior, Middle Hitter), Kimmie Dyer (Senior, Outside Hitter), Christine Simpson (Senior, Outside Hitter).

Notes: Rarely does an NCAA Division III volleyball team start a season with more seniors on its roster than freshmen. But that's the enviable position that Wittenberg Head Coach Paco Labrador finds himself in. Wittenberg heads into the 2011 season with just one graduation loss, but it's a big one in All-American setter Amy Cox, who dished out 1,025 assists in 2010.

DIV I      
@ Aug. 27 -- No. 1 Penn State Nittany Lions vs. No. 5 USC Trojans
@ Sept. 9 -- No. 1 Penn State Nittany Lions vs. No. 2 Stanford Cardinal
@ Sept. 23 -- No. 3 Cal Golden Bears vs. No. 5 USC Trojans
DIV II      
@ Sept. 2 -- No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul Golden Bears vs. No. 3 Central Missouri Mules
@ Sept. 3 -- No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul Golden Bears vs. No. 9 Wayne St. Wildcats
@ Sept. 10 -- No. 2 Tampa Spartans vs. No. 3 Central Missouri Mules
DIV III      
@ Sept. 2 -- No. 2 Emory Eagles vs. No. 6 Wittenberg Tigers
@ Sept. 16 -- No. 1 Calvin Knights vs. No. 6 Wittenberg Tigers
@ Sept. 16 -- No. 3 Washington (Mo.) vs. No. 4 Juniata Eagles

DIV I

• Will Penn State, with a freshman-laden team, win its fifth consecutive national championship?

• Sixth-ranked Nebraska moves to the Big Ten this season. How will they adjust to having teams like defending national champion Penn State in their conference schedule?

• After reaching the NCAA semifinals and finishing third in the now Pac-12 last season, the USC Trojans return virtually intact, with five starters and their top libero back for 2011.
DIV II

• Defending national champion Concordia goes for its fifth consecutive title with a roster that looks a lot like its roster last season.

• Tampa enters the season riding a streak of 203 consecutive weeks of being ranked nationally. Will that streak continue?

DIV III

• Calvin pulled multiple upsets en route to winning the DIII national championship. It returns all but two members of its national championship team. Can they play the role of the hunted as well as they played the role of the hunter?

• Emory, which spent much of last season ranked No. 1, brings a good chunk of its squad back as well as a highly-respected freshman class. How will they mesh?

Five freshmen pepper the lineup this year for four-time defending national champion Penn State. Listen as the fresh-faced newcomers explain what it’s like to walk into one of the few true dynasties in sports.