The responsibility carrying their respective volleyball teams to victory lies heavily on these experienced women's shoulders. The ultimate prize in winning the NCAA championship this December.
Kayla Koenecke, a junior from Delano, Minn., was a part of the AVCA All-American Team and the NCAA All-Tournament Team. She finished sixth in the nation with a .400 attack percentage and 407 kills in 2011.
A junior from Naples, Fla., Holly Reschke made the South Regional All-American Team. She finished the season with 206 digs, 41 blocks and 11 assists.
Danielle Newcombe averaged 2.43 points/set throughout the year. A junior from Redlands, Calif., she appeared in 104 games and earned 32 starts as an NCAA finalist.
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Ashley Leitner, a junior from Lincoln, Neb., led the team in kills with 326 and 3.24 kills per set. She suffered a foot injury prior to the championship match but still played against Colorado Mines.
A native of Orlando, Fla., senior Jessica Yingling was a part of the Tampa Classic All-Tournament Team in 2011. She finished 2011 with a season-high hitting percentage of .571.
Mary Groth was selected to be on the second AVCA All-American Team in 2011. A senior from West Bend, Wis., she appeared in all 32 matches and finished the season with 468 kills.
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Hibbing, Minn., native Kate Lange was named to the AVCA All-Central Region Team in 2011. As a freshman, she had 326 kills and a collective 215 digs for the season and played in all six rotations.
A senior from Crete, Neb., Jessica Fey averaged 2.70 kills per set and had a hitting record of .316 in 2011. She averaged 3.27 points per set and earned honorable mention in the AVCA All-America Team.
A senior from Columbus, Ohio, Lauren Grover entered the 2011 season as the highest-ranked middle hitter in Division II in the nation. She had a .392 hitting average and was named to the Division II Elite Eight All-Tournament Team in 2011.
Despite being injured for part of the 2011 season and missing 14 matches, senior Cassie Haag had a .341 attack percentage and finished with 192 kills. A native of Plymouth, Minn., she averaged 3.38 points per set and had 20 blocks thoughout a four match span.