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AVCA.org | December 16, 2015

DI Women's Volleyball: AVCA releases 2015 All-America teams

  NCAA tournament semifinalist Texas had five players selected to the AVCA All-America teams.

OMAHA, Neb. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce the 35th annual AVCA Division I All-America Teams for women's volleyball. The awards will be presented Dec. 18, 2015, in Omaha, Neb. at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet. The event is held in conjunction with the 2015 AVCA Convention. 

Each of the three AVCA All-America Teams is comprised of 14 athletes. This marks the first year all players representing the Honorable Mention All-Americans were selected by the selection committee (previously, players who made All-Region were automatically honorable mention if they didn't make one of the three teams). The Division I AVCA National Player of the Year will be announced on Dec. 18 at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet.

Additionally, Stanford's Hayley Hodson takes home the AVCA Freshman of the Year.

AVCA First-Team All-America

Rhamat Alhassan, Florida, MB
Stats: 3.17 K/S, .422 Hitting %, 1.62 B/S
Two-time AVCA All-American (2014: First-Team)...Seventeenth First-Team All-American certificate for the Gators.

Samantha Bricio, Southern California, OH
Stats: 5.14 K/S, .299 Hitting %, 0.68 SA/S, 2.71 D/S, 0.64 B/S
Three-time AVCA All-American (2014: Second-Team, 2013: Second-Team)...Seventh player in USC history to be selected an AVCA All-American at least three times.

Lauren Carlini, Wisconsin, S
Stats: 11.91 A/S, 2.79 D/S, 0.82 B/S, .270 Team Hitting %
Three-time AVCA All-American (2014: First-Team, 2013: Second-Team)...Second player in program history to earn multiple AVCA First-Team All-American honors (2000-2001: Sherisa Livingson).

Alexa Gray, BYU, OH
Stats: 5.24 K/S, .298 Hitting Percentage, 2.44 D/S, 0.62 B/S
Three-time AVCA All-American (2014: Second-Team, 2013: Third-Team)...Only player in BYU history to be a three-time AVCA All-American.

Ainise Havili, Kansas, S
Stats: 12.23 A/S, 2.94 D/S, 0.41 B/S
Alongside teammate Kelsie Payne, are just the second and third All-Americans in program history and are the first first-teamers.

BRACKET: 2015 DI Women's Volleyball Tournament

Amy Neal, Texas, OH
Stats: 4.22 K/S, .267 Hitting %, 2.34 D/S, 0.39 B/S
Twenty-eighth different AVCA All-American from the University of Texas...Seventeenth different Longhorn to be an AVCA First-Team All-American.

Chiaka Ogbogu, Texas, MB
Stats: 2.82 K/S, .411 Hitting %, 1.21 B/S
Three-time AVCA All-American (2014: First-Team, 2013: Second-Team)...Seventh three-time AVCA All-American in Longhorn history.

Kelsie Payne, Kansas, RS
Stats: 4.35 K/S, .379 Hitting %, 0.76 B/S
Alongside teammate Ainise Havili, are just the second and third All-Americans in program history and are the first first-teamers.

Kadie Rolfzen, Nebraska, RS
Stats: 3.34 K/S, .279 Hitting %, 2.86 D/S, 0.84 B/S
Three-time AVCA All-American (2014: Third-Team, 2013: Third-Team)...Twelfth Husker to earn AVCA All-American honors at least three times.

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Taylor Sandbothe, Ohio State, MB
Stats: 2.96 K/S, .366 Hitting %, 1.26 B/S
Fifth different first-teamer in program history.

Daly Santana, Minnesota, OH
Stats: 4.50 K/S, .253 Hitting %, 2.92 D/S, 0.46 B/S
Alongside teammates Hannah Tapp and Samantha Seliger-Swenson, are 16th, 17th and 18th different Gophers to be named an AVCA All-American...Eighth and 9th different first-teamers.

Lianna Sybeldon, Washington, MB
Stats: 2.56 K/S, .449 Hitting %, 1.37 B/S
Two-time AVCA All-American (2014: Third-Team)...Eleventh Husky to earn All-American honors multiple times...Tenth different player to make the first-team.

Hannah Tapp, Minnesota, MB
Stats: 2.84 K/S, .349 Hitting %, 1.08 B/S
Alongside teammates Paige Tapp and Samantha Seliger-Swenson, are 16th, 17th and 18th different Gophers to be named an AVCA All-American...Eighth and 9th different first-teamers.

Haleigh Washington, Penn State, MB
Stats: 2.62 K/S, .443 Hitting %, 1.40 B/S
Twentieth different Nittany Lion to garner AVCA First-Team All-American honors.

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