AVCA Announces 2018 DI Regional Players, Coaches Of The Year

  0 Carly DeMarque | December 05th, 2017 | ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, College - Women's Indoor, Conference USA, Division I Mid-Major, News, Pac 12, SEC

The AVCA has formally announced their selections for Division I Region Players of the Year from the 10 different regions around the nation. They chose the top player that has contributed the most for that region to represent the award this season.

In an impressive senior class, eight players have earned Regional Awards in all four years of play. 35 players have garnered a Regional Award twice in their careers, while 14 have been named to the list three times.

East: Julia Brown, NC State (senior)

This season, Julian Brown has been a strong force for the NC State Wolfpack, helping them to the NCAA Tournament as one of the Last Four In teams. They battled through their first-round match to upset Oregon State in five sets but were uphanded by Texas in the second round in a sweep.

Brown has posted 474 kills on the year on a .221 hitting clip along with 319 digs and 61 blocks.

First Name Last Name School Pos. Year
Tori Baldwin VCU MB Jr.
Julia Brown** NC State OH Sr.
Lydia Dimke** Creighton S Sr.
Santita Ebangwese Syracuse MB Jr.
Aleksandra Kazala** American OH Jr.
Milica Kubura** Florida State RS Sr.
Bri Lilly Butler MB Jr.
Melanie McHenry Louisville OH So.
Kylie Pickrell NC State S Jr.
Wilma Rivera Louisville S Jr.
Rebekah Strange VCU L Sr.
Marysa Wilkinson** Creighton MB Sr.
Jaali Winters*** Creighton OH Jr.
Brittany Witt Creighton L So.


First Name Last Name School Pos. Year
Christina Cornelius Harvard MB Jr.
Gabrielle Eyl Northeastern L Jr.
Taryn Kloth Creighton OH Jr.
Anna Logan Butler OH Jr.
Vela McBride American MB So.
Iva Vujosevic UMES OH So.

Player of the Year: Julia Brown, NC State, OH

Freshman of the Year: Taryn Knuth, Florida State, MB

Coach of the Year: Dani Busboom Kelly, Louisville

East Coast: Olga Strantzali, Miami (FL) (senior)

Strantzali had a standout year with Miami as she helped the squad to the NCAA Tournament where they took down College of Charleston in the first round but were bested by Florida in the second round.

Strantzali put down 499 kills on the year with a.282 hitting percentage while also picking up 260 digs and recording 43 aces.

First Name Last Name School Pos. Year
Kamalani Akeo** Pittsburgh S Jr.
Allie Barber Marquette OH So.
Ryan DeJarld Notre Dame L Jr.
Sam Fry Notre Dame MB Sr.
Nika Markovic Pittsburgh RS So.
Krissy Mummey College of Charleston MB Sr.
Beth Nordhorn North Carolina MB Sr.
Jenna Rosenthal** Marquette MB RS-Jr.
Symone Speech Georgetown MB Jr.
Gabriela Stavnetchei Georgia Tech OH Sr.
Olga Strantzali** Miami OH Sr.
Haley Templeton Miami S Sr.
Stephanie Williams** Pittsburgh OH RS-So.
Jemma Yeadon Notre Dame OH So.


First Name Last Name School Pos. Year
Taylor Austin James Madison L Sr.
Allison Beckman College of Charleston S Jr.
Erica Di Maulo St. John’s S So.
Taylor Leath North Carolina OH RS-Jr.
Alexandra Loitz Villanova OH Sr.
Lauren Speckman Marquette S So.

Player of the Year: Olga Strantzali, Miami, OH

Freshman of the Year: Kayla Lund, Pittsburgh, OH

Coach of the Year: Dan Fisher, Pittsburgh

Midwest: Ainise Havili, Kansas (senior)

Havili made a huge impact with the Kansas squad this season, dishing out 1,342 assists on the year for an average of 11.37 assists per set. The Jayhawks made it to the NCAA Tournament this year as an at-large bid but were upset by Missouri in the first round.

First Name Last Name School Pos. Year
Emily Butters Missouri State L Jr.
Amber Erhahon** Dayton MB Sr.
Ainise Havili**** Kansas S Sr.
Hali Hillegas Iowa State L RS-So.
Heather Hook Northern Iowa S Sr.
Lily Johnson**** Missouri State OH Sr.
Laura Milos** Oral Roberts OH Sr.
Kelsie Payne*** Kansas RS Sr.
Madison Rigdon** Kansas OH Sr.
Jess Schaben** Iowa State OH Jr.
Karlie Taylor Northern Iowa OH So.
Piper Thomas Northern Iowa MB Jr.
Samara West Iowa State RS RS-Sr.
Lynsey Wright Missouri State MB Sr.


First Name Last Name School Pos. Year
Payton Caffrey West Virginia OH So.
Alexis Conaway Iowa State OH Sr.
Zoe Hill Kansas MB So.
Rebecca Latham Denver RS Jr.
Kassandra Tohm New Mexico State OH Sr.
Bri Weber Northern Iowa OH Jr.

Player of the Year: Ainise Havili, Kansas, S

Freshman of the Year: Rylee Cookerly, Valparaiso, L

Coach of the Year: Melissa Stokes, Missouri State

North: Kelly Hunter, Nebraska (senior)

Hunter was named the Big Ten Setter of the Year this season after leading Nebraska to a share of the Big Ten title. The Huskers were named the #5 seed in the tournament and are still going strong – set to face off against Colorado on December 8.

This season, Hunter has dished out 1,079 assists along with 79 kills, 265 digs and 53 blocks.

First Name Last Name School Pos. Year
Symone Abbott Northwestern OH Sr.
Annika Albrecht Nebraska OH Sr.
Autumn Bailey**** Michigan State OH RS-Sr.
Mikaela Foecke*** Nebraska OH Jr.
Alyssa Garvelink** Michigan State MB Sr.
Alexis Hart** Minnesota OH So.
Briana Holman**** Nebraska MB Sr.
Kelly Hunter*** Nebraska S Sr.
Abbie Lehman**** Wichita State MB Sr.
Rachel Minarick** Michigan State S Sr.
Courtney Pence Illinois State L Jr.
Stephanie Sameday Minnesota RS Fr.
Samantha Seliger-Swenson*** Minnesota S Jr.
Carly Skjodt Michigan OH Jr.


First Name Last Name School Pos. Year
Tabitha Brown Wichita State OH Jr.
Emily Hiebert Wichita State S Sr.
Jaelyn Keene Illinois State MB Sr.
Claire Kieffer-Wright Michigan MB Sr.
Molly Lohman Minnesota MB Sr.
Holly Toliver Michigan State RS Sr.

Player of the Year: Kelly Hunter, Nebraska, S

Freshman of the Year: Stephanie Samedy, Minnesota, RS

Coach of the Year: Chris Lamb, Wichita State

Northeast: Simone Lee, Penn State (senior)

Simone Lee was a driving force for the Nittany Lions this year, leading them to the #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Penn State will take on an upset-happy Missouri squad in the Sweet 16 after downing Howard and Pitt in four sets during the first two rounds.

Lee has put down 433 kills for the year on a .316 hitting clip while also picking up 250 digs and 66 blocks for the year.

First Name Last Name School Pos. Year
Sherridan Atkinson Purdue RS RS-Jr.
Ali Bastianelli** Illinois MB Jr.
Danielle Cuttino*** Purdue MB/OH Sr.
Ashley Evans Purdue S RS-Sr.
Ali Frantti*** Penn State OH Sr.
Simone Lee** Penn State OH Sr.
Jordyn Poulter** Illinois S Jr.
Dana Rettke Wisconsin MB Fr.
Kallie Seimet Bowling Green L Jr.
Heidi Thelen Penn State RS Sr.
Haleigh Washington*** Penn State MB Sr.
Ashley Wenz Ohio State OH Sr.
Kendall White Penn State L So.
Tionna Williams** Wisconsin MB Jr.


First Name Last Name School Pos. Year
Abby Detering Penn State S/H Sr.
Sydney Hilley Wisconsin S Fr.
Gina Kilner Cleveland St. S Sr.
Maggie O’Connell Princeton RS So.
Luisa Schirmer Ohio State OH Sr.
Azariah Stahl Purdue OH Sr.

Player of the Year: Simone Lee, Penn State, OH

Freshman of the Year: Dana Rettke, Wisconsin, MB

Coach of the Year: Russ Rose, Penn State

Pacific North: Kathryn Plummer, Stanford (Sophomore)

Plummer has continued to impress on the Stanford court, with 498 kills so far on the year and a .320 hitting performance. Additionally, Plummer has picked up 206 digs, 39 aces and 78 digs.

The Cardinals picked up the #3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, where they have flown through CSU Bakersfield and Colorado State in the first two rounds of play. They will face off against a hot and cold Wisconsin team in the third round of play on December 8.

First Name Last Name School Pos. Year
Carly DeHoog Washington RS Sr.
Audriana Fitzmorris Stanford MB So.
Jenna Gray Stanford S So.
Morgan Hentz Stanford L So.
Merete Lutz**** Stanford RS RS-Sr.
Emily Maglio Hawai’i MB Sr.
Mary-Kate Marshall*** Oregon State OH Sr.
Taylor Nelson Cal Poly S Sr.
Sierra Nobley** Boise State OH Sr.
Katie Oleksak** Colorado State S So.
Kathryn Plummer** Stanford OH So.
Tia Scambray Washington L Sr.
Courtney Schwan** Washington OH Sr.
Torrey Van Winden** Cal Poly RS So.


First Name Last Name School Pos. Year
Taylor Agost Oregon RS RS-Sr.
Tami Alade Stanford MB Jr.
Jasmine Hanna Colorado State OH Sr.
Ronika Stone Oregon MB So.
Bailey Tanner Washington S Sr.
Adlee Van Winden Cal Poly OH Jr.

Player of the Year: Kathryn Plummer, Stanford, OH

Freshman of the Year: Kylee McLaughlin, Oregon State, S

Coach of the Year: Sam Crosson, Cal Poly

Pacific South: Adora Anae, Utah (senior)

Anae has had a standout senior season, with 522 kills so far on a .234 hitting clip. Additionally, Anae has picked up 385 digs and 52 blocks.

The Utes earned their way into the NCAA Tournament through an at-large bid and have had an easy go-around in the first two rounds, leading up to them facing Texas on December 8.

First Name Last Name School Pos. Year
Brittany Abercrombie Southern California RS Sr.
Adora Anae** Utah OH Sr.
Madeleine Gates UCLA MB So.
Kristen Gengenbacher San Diego S Sr.
Jasmine Gross Pepperdine MB So.
Veronica Jones-Perry BYU OH Jr.
Jayden Kennedy San Diego RS Sr.
Mary Lake BYU L So.
Khalia Lanier** Southern California OH So.
Tawnee Luafalemana Utah MB Sr.
Addison Picha San Diego MB Jr.
Lindsey Ruddins UC Santa Barbara OH RS-So.
Alexa Smith Colorado OH Jr.
Sarah Sponcil*** UCLA S Sr.


First Name Last Name School Pos. Year
Reily Buechler UCLA OH Sr.
Zana Muno UCLA L Jr.
Cosy Burnett BYU MB Sr.
Brynna Deluzio Colorado S Fr.
McKenna Miller BYU OH So.
Berkeley Oblad Utah MB Jr.

Player of the Year: Adora Anae, Utah, OH

Freshman of the Year: Brynna Deluzio, Colorado, S

Coach of the Year: Jennifer Petrie, San Diego

South: Alyssa Cavanaugh, WKU (senior)

Cavanaugh helped WKU to the NCAA Tournament in all four years with the Toppers and even made it to the second round this year. In the first round, WKU topped Notre Dame in straight sets before having to face Kentucky to which they went up 2-0 in the match but could not hold on, losing in five.

Cavanaugh posted 489 kills for the season with a .357 hitting performance while also picking up 84 digs and 51 blocks.

First Name Last Name School Pos. Year
Samantha Anderson** Central Arkansas RS Jr.
Rachel Anderson Western Kentucky MB Jr.
Taylor Bannister LSU RS Fr.
Alyssa Cavanaugh**** Western Kentucky OH Sr.
Jesse Earl*** Auburn L Sr.
Liesl Engelbrecht Kennesaw State MB Jr.
Alexa Filley Auburn S Sr.
Yumi Garcia UNC-Charlotte L So.
Leah Hardeman*** Coastal Carolina OH Sr.
Jessica Lucas**** Western Kentucky S Sr.
Carlyle Nusbaum** Lipscomb OH Jr.
Emily Stroup Ole Miss OH So.
Tatyana Thomas UNC-Charlotte MB Sr.
Pilar Victoria** Arkansas OH RS-Sr.


First Name Last Name School Pos. Year
Raigen Cianciulli LSU L Fr.
Sydney Engle Western Kentucky RS Sr.
Leah Lawrence Alabama MB Sr.
Rachel Rippee Arkansas S So.
Janell Sparks UNC-Charlotte OH Sr.
Shaina White Auburn MB So.

Player of the Year: Alyssa Cavanaugh, Western Kentucky, OH

Freshman of the Year: Taylor Bannister, LSU, RS

Coach of the Year: Travis Hudson, Western Kentucky

Southeast: Leah Edmond, Kentucky (sophomore)

Edmond helped the Wildcats to the #4 seed in the NCAA Tournament this season along with downing then-#1 Florida in SEC play. Kentucky’s win over Florida helped them to a share of the SEC title. The Wildcats will face off against BYU on December 8 in the NCAA Tournament’s third round.

Edmond has put down 498 kills so far on the year with a .318 hitting clip, while also picking up 215 digs and 39 aces.

First Name Last Name School Pos. Year
Rhamat Alhassan**** Florida MB Sr.
Kaz Brown*** Kentucky MB Sr.
Amanda Carroll FGCU OH Jr.
T’ara Ceasar Georgia OH Fr.
Ashley Dusek*** Kentucky L Sr.
Leah Edmond** Kentucky OH So.
Emily Franklin Kentucky MB Sr.
Shainah Joseph Florida RS RS-Sr.
Carolin Knop** Florida L Sr.
Rachael Kramer Florida MB So.
Madison Lilley Kentucky S Fr.
Alyssa Munlyn Missouri MB Jr.
Mikayla Shields** South Carolina RS So.
Carli Snyder*** Florida OH Sr.


First Name Last Name School Pos. Year
Kia Bright Central Florida OH RS-Sr.
Meghan Donovan Georgia S So.
Kelley Hartman South Alabama MB So.
Kira Larson Missouri RS RS-Sr.
Molly Livingston High Point MB Jr.
Madeline Palmer Radford OH Sr.

Player of the Year: Leah Edmond, Kentucky, OH

Freshman of the Year: Madison Lilley, Kentucky, S

Coach of the Year: Tom Mendoza, High Point

Southwest: Chiaka Ogbogu, Texas (senior)

Ogbogu made a huge comeback this season after being deemed academically ineligible last season, helping the Longhorns to a perfect Big 12 season and the #6 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Longhorns are set to take on Utah in the third round on December 8.

Ogbogu put down 250 kills for the season with a .401 hitting performance along with an impressive 167 blocks.

First Name Last Name School Pos. Year
Amanda Chamberlain North Texas MB Sr.
Alyssa Enneking Oklahoma OH Sr.
Shelly Fanning Baylor MB RS-So.
Hannah Lockin Baylor S Fr.
Cat McCoy Texas L Sr.
Ebony Nwanebu*** Texas RS RS-Sr.
Chiaka Ogbogu**** Texas MB RS-Sr.
Yossiana Pressley Baylor OH Fr.
Ashley Shook Texas S Fr.
Katie Staiger** Baylor OH RS-Sr.
Lexi Sun Texas OH Fr.
Anna Walsh TCU MB Jr.
Micaya White** Texas OH RS-So.
Karley York North Texas S Jr.


First Name Last Name School Pos. Year
Sarah Bell Southern Mississippi S Jr.
Carlisa May Arkansas State OH Jr.
Holly Milam North Texas MB Sr.
Grace Morgan Rice MB So.
Barbara Teakell North Texas OH Fr.
Hali Wisnoskie Louisiana Lafayette OH Fr.

Player of the Year: Chiaka Ogbogu, Texas, MB

Freshman of the Year: Yossiana Pressley, Baylor, OH

Coach of the Year: Andrew Palileo, North Texas

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

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Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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