MSU’s Lily Johnson Named CoSIDA Academic All-American Of The Year

  0 volleymob | December 11th, 2017 | Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, College - Women's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major, Missouri Valley Conference, News, SEC

Missouri State senior outside hitter Lily Johnson highlights the 2017 Academic All-America® Division I volleyball team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Johnson has been named the  2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America® of the Year for Division I volleyball.

A cell and molecular biology major with a 3.96 GPA, Johnson was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year for the third straight season, is a four-time All-MVC selection and a four-time all-Midwest Region honoree by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.  Johnson is the first player to lead the MVC in kills in four consecutive seasons, finishing the year with averages of 4.52 kills and 3.91 digs per set with 40 aces and 51 total blocks. The senior outside hitter from Wildwood, Mo., ranks second nationally with 574 total kills and 646.5 total points.

Johnson is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America® selection, capping off her career by headlining the first team after earning second team honors in 2016.

The Academic All-America® Division I Volleyball team has three additional repeat performers – Ashley Evans (Purdue University), Jaelyn Keene (Illinois State University) and Haleigh Washington (Penn State University) – from last year’s CoSIDA Academic All-America® teams. Evans was a second team honoree in 2016 and a third team selection in 2015, while Keene earned second team honors in 2016.  Washington, a second team honoree in 2017, was named third team in 2016 and second team in 2015.

Of the 21 members of the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I volleyball team, 18 have at least a 3.90 GPA, with 14 student-athletes sporting a perfect 4.0 GPA. The seven members of the first team have an average GPA of 3.98.


Name                                School                                              Yr.     GPA          Major

Alexis Conaway                   Iowa State                                         Sr.     4.00          Kinesiology

Ashley Evans (2) (#)              Purdue                                              Sr.     3.88          Mechanical Engineering

Lily Johnson (2)                  Missouri State                                    Sr.      3.96          Cell and Molecular Biology

Jaelyn Keene (2)                  Illinois State                                       Sr.     3.97          Financial Accounting

Rachel Minarick                    Michigan State                                   Sr.     3.97          Kinesiology

Annika Olsen                       Iowa                                                 Sr.     4.06          Finance

Kristi Piedimonte                  Kennesaw State                                  Sr.     4.00          Nursing



Name                                School                                              Yr.     GPA          Major

Jacie McClure                      Louisiana Tech                                    Sr.     4.00          Kinesiology & Health Promotion

Allison Penner                      UNCG                                               Jr.      4.00          Accounting

Kristen Stucker                     Austin Peay                                        Jr.      4.00          Biology

Katie Tomasic                      Miami (Ohio)                                      Sr.     4.00          Finance

Kori Waelbroeck                 IUPUI                                                Sr.     4.00          Community Health

Haleigh Washington (3) (&)    Penn State                                         Sr.     3.79          Philosophy

Jaali Winters                      Creighton                                          Jr.      3.92          Business Information & Analytics and French



Name                                School                                              Yr.     GPA          Major

Brianne Dixon                      Missouri State                                    Sr.     4.00          Cell and Molecular Biology

Ann Hollas                          Stephen F. Austin                                 So.     4.00          Biology

Leah Lawrence                    Alabama                                           Gr.    3.99/4.00  Accounting

Ally Lunsford                       Bryant                                              Sr.     4.00          Applied Psychology

Patricia Mattingly                U.S. Naval Academy                            Jr.      3.83          Applied Mathematics

Kaylee Neal                        New Mexico State                              Gr.    4.00/4.00  Accounting

Anna Zwiebel                      LSU                                                  So.     4.09          Kinesiology


CoSIDA Academic All-America® of the Year: Lily Johnson, Missouri State


(2)—2016 CoSIDA Academic All-American® Second Team

(3)—2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Third Team

(&)—2015 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Second Team

(#)—2015 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Third Team

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