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Five Huskers Earn All-Region Honors
Courtesy: NU Athletic Communications
12/05/2007
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Sophomore Rachel Holloway was one of Nebraska's five first-team all-region selections.
Courtesy: Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Lincoln – Five University of Nebraska volleyball players were honored, as the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced its all-region teams Wednesday afternoon.

Nebraska had five first-team Central Region selections – Rachel Holloway, Christina Houghtelling, Jordan Larson, Sarah Pavan and Tracy Stalls – as the Huskers were the only program in the nation to have five first-team all-region selections. The five players are now eligible for AVCA All-America honors, which will be announced next Wednesday.

The list is headed by senior right-side hitter Sarah Pavan, who was selected for the fourth consecutive year. Pavan, a three-time Big 12 Player of the Year and 2006 AVCA National Player of the Year, averages 4.88 kills, 1.91 digs and 0.52 service aces per game, pacing the Big 12 in kills and points per game (5.80), ranking second in aces and eighth in hitting percentage (.353). She is bidding to become only the fourth player in NCAA Division I history to be a four-time first-team All-American.

Holloway is an all-region selection for the second straight season, guiding a Husker offense that tops the nation in kills (17.91) and assists (16.55) per game and ranks third in hitting percentage (.331). On the year, she averages 13.66 assists, 2.28 digs and 0.98 kills per game, ranking ninth nationally in assists. She helped NU hit .300 or better 24 times in 30 matches against one of the most difficult schedules in the country, including five matches of .400 hitting or better.

Houghtelling collects her second all-region selection of her career, as she was the 2005 AVCA National Player of the Year. Houghtelling, who was the Big 12’s Defensive Player of the Year, averages 3.15 kills on .311 hitting and a team-high 4.02 digs per game, ranking seventh among conference players and first among outside hitters in the league. She is also 10th in the Big 12 with 0.30 aces per game.

Larson earns her second consecutive all-region nod after averaging 3.44 kills, 3.24 digs and 0.53 service aces per game. She leads the Big 12 in aces per game and ranking ninth in points per game (4.42). Larson totaled a team-high 10 double-doubles this year and is only the third player in school history to total 1,000 kills and 1,000 assists.

Stalls rounds out the five first-team honorees, as she collects her second straight all-region honor. The senior middle blocker leads the Big 12 and ranks third nationally in hitting percentage (.471), averaging 2.83 kills and 1.13 blocks per game. She is on pace to shatter NU’s single-season record for hitting percentage and become just the second Husker to hit over .400 in consecutive seasons. Stalls hit .500 or better in 13 matches and totaled double figures in kills 11 times, including each of the last five matches.

2007 AVCA ALL-REGION TEAMS ANNOUNCED FOR NCAA DIVISION I

Central Region

Juliann Faucette

The University of Texas

OH

Fr.

Kelly Goc

Creighton University

MB

Sr.

Rachel Holloway**

University of Nebraska

S

So.

Destinee Hooker**

The University of Texas

OH

So.

Christina Houghtelling**

University of Nebraska

OH

Sr.

Nataly Korobkova

Kansas State University

RS/Opp.

Jr.

Jordan Larson**

University of Nebraska

OH

Jr.

Sara Lungren

Wichita State University

RS/Opp.

Sr.

Michelle Moriarty**

The University of Texas

S

Sr.

Lauren Paolini

The University of Texas

MB

Jr.

Sarah Pavan****

University of Nebraska

RS/Opp.

Sr.

Tracy Stalls**

University of Nebraska

MB

Sr.

 

Region Freshman of the Year: Juliann Faucette, Texas, OH

Honorable Mention: Erin Boeve (Iowa State, MB, Sr.), Ashley Engle (Texas, RS/Opp., So.), Angie Lastra (Kansas State, DS/Lib., Sr.), Brandy Magee (Texas, MB, Sr.), Ashten Stelken (Northern Iowa, MB, Jr.), Sarah Weiland (Oklahoma, RS/Opp., Sr.)

 

 

East Region

Stephanie Barry

University of Delaware

DS/Lib.

So.

Jade Brown

University of Maryland

OH

Sr.

Carrie DeMange***

Duke University

MB

Sr.

Didem Ege

Clemson University

DS/Lib.

So.

Ali Hausfeld****

Duke University

S

Sr.

Danielle Hepburn**

Clemson University

MB

Jr.

Talisa Kellogg

Georgia Tech

OH

Jr.

Sarah Kirkwood**

University of Virginia

OH

Sr.

Rachael Moss

Duke University

OH

So.

Kelsey Murphy

Clemson University

S

So.

Ulrike Stegemann**

Georgia Tech

RS/Opp.

Sr.

Meghan Steiner

Clemson University

MB

Sr.

 

Region Freshman of the Year: Felicia Willoughby, Virginia Tech, MB

Honorable Mention:  Jeannette Abbott ( Clemson, OH, Jr.), Leslie Mansfield (Clemson, RS/Opp., Sr.), Nicki Scripko ( Liberty, RS/Opp., Fr.), Jenny Shull (Duke, DS/Lib., Sr.), Colleen Walsh ( Delaware , OH, Sr.), Felicia Willoughby (Virginia Tech, MB, Fr.)

 

 

Mideast Region

 

Katie Bruzdzinski**

University of Michigan

OH

Sr.

Brittney Dolgner**

University of Wisconsin

OH

So.

Nicole Fawcett***

Penn State University

OH

Jr.

Alisha Glass

Penn State University

S

So.

Melissa Griffin

Ohio University

RS/Opp.

Sr.

Christa Harmotto***

Penn State University

MB

Jr.

Megan Hodge**

Penn State University

OH

So.

Stephanie Lynch**

Purdue University

MB

Jr.

Taylor Reineke

University of Wisconsin

MB

Sr.

Ashley Schatzle

Michigan State University

OH

Sr.

Jackie Simpson**

University of Wisconsin

S

Sr.

Lexi Zimmerman

University of Michigan

S

Fr.

Region

Region    Freshman of the Year: Lexi Zimmerman, Michigan, S

Honorable Mention: Brook Dieter ( Minnesota, OH, Fr.), Shelby Heggie (Long Island, RS/Opp., Sr.), Ellen Herman ( Ohio, OH, So.), Chelsy Hyser (Northwestern, MB, Jr.), Lyndsay Miller ( Michigan, MB, Sr.), Jocelyn Wack ( Wisconsin , DS/Lib., Sr.)

 

 

Midwest Region

 

Kelly-Anne Billingy****

Marshall University

RS/Opp.

Sr.

Natalie Bogan

Rice University

MB

So.

Abbey Breit***

Jacksonville State University

OH

Sr.

Shelby Burton**

University of Memphis

MB

Sr.

Justine Farmer

University of Houston

OH

Jr.

Leanne Felsing**

Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

S/H

Sr.

Elizabeth Fleming

Marshall University

S

Fr.

Jenn Miller

Tulane University

DS/Lib.

So.

Angie Porche

Valparaiso University

OH

So.

Sara Radosevic***

Tulane University

OH

Jr.

Julia Silva***

The University of Tulsa

S

Sr.

Bridget Wells

Tulane University

RS/Opp.

Jr.

 

Region Freshman of the Year: Elizabeth Fleming, Marshall, S

Honorable Mention: Amy Benz (Cleveland State, MB, Fr.), Stephanie Cahill (Marshall, OH, Sr.), Karleigh DeLong (Southeast Missouri State, RS/Opp., So.), Brittany Nobilio (Eastern Kentucky, DS/Lib., Sr.), Mel Snyder (Cleveland State, S, Sr.), Ksenija Vlaskovic (Tulane, OH, So.)

 

 

Northeast Region

 

Jackie Ahlers***

Stony Brook University

OH

Sr.

Latoya Blunt

St. John's University

MB

Sr.

Alona Cherkez

Villanova University

OH

Sr.

Svetlana Dukule

University of Louisville

OH

Sr.

Marcela Gurgel

University of South Florida

OH

So.

Hui Ping Huang**

St. John's University

MB

Sr.

Wioleta Leszczynska**

St. John's University

S

Sr.

Jill Quayle

Xavier University

MB

Sr.

Jamie-Lee Richards

University of Dayton

OH

Sr.

Erin Schroeder

University of Dayton

S

Jr.

Rubena Sukaj**

American University

OH

Jr.

Lena Yee

St. John's University

DS/Lib.

Jr.

 

Region Freshman of the Year: Kellie Sciacca, Notre Dame, MB

Honorable Mention:  Bethany Akerhielm (Dayton, MB, Jr.), Lecia Brown (Louisville, MB, So.), Parker Henritze (Princeton, OH, Jr.), Sutton Lasater (Saint Louis, MB, Sr.), Jessie Nevitt (Cincinnati, MB, Jr.), Whitney Roth (Saint Louis, S, So.)

 

 

 

Pacific Region

FolukeAkinradewo***

Stanford University

MB

Jr.

Cynthia Barboza**

Stanford University

OH

Jr.

Asia Kaczor**

Univ. of Southern California

RS/Opp.

Sr.

Bryn Kehoe**

Stanford University

S

Sr.

Alix Klineman

Stanford University

OH

Fr.

Gorana Maricic

University of Oregon

OH

Jr.

Crystal Matich

Santa Clara University

S

Sr.

Tamari Miyashiro

University of Washington

DS/Lib.

So.

Christal Morrison****

University of Washington

OH

Sr.

Angie Pressey**

University of California

OH

Sr.

Nellie Spicer**

UCLA

S

Jr.

Jessica Swarbrick

University of Washington

MB

Jr.

 

Region Freshman of the Year: Alix Klineman, Stanford, OH

Honorable Mention: Laurel Abrahamson (San Diego, MB, Sr.), Taylor Carico (Southern California, S, So.), Hana Cutura (California, OH, So.), Amy DeGroot (San Diego, OH, So.), Heather Hughes (Loyola Marymount, RS/Opp., Sr.), Missie Stidham (Sacramento State, OH, Sr.)

 

 

 

South Region

 

Ashley Adams**

Middle Tennessee State Univ.

RS/Opp.

Jr.

Megan Argabright***

Western Kentucky University

MB

Jr.

Ashley Asberry

Middle Tennessee State Univ.

MB

Jr.

Elyse Cusack

University of Florida

DS/Lib.

So.

Lauren DeGirolamo

Louisiana State University

MB

So.

Marcie Hampton

University of Florida

OH

Sr.

Crystal Hudson**

The University of Alabama

MB

Sr.

Elena Martinez

Louisiana State University

DS/Lib.

Jr.

Angie McGinnis***

University of Florida

S

Sr.

Queen Nzenwa

University of Kentucky

MB

Jr.

Yarimar Rosa**

Florida International University

OH

So.

Brittany Zahn

Appalachian State University

OH

Sr.

 

Region Freshman of the Year: Stefine Pease, Lipscomb, S

Honorable Mention: Nicole Britenriker (Kentucky, MB, Sr.), Leslie Clark (Middle Tennessee, S/H, So.), Rachel Kieckhaefer, Ole Miss, S, Jr.), Kim Muller (Denver, MB, Sr.), Lara Newberry (UT Chattanooga, DS/Lib., Jr.),  Colleen Nilson (Belmont, S, Sr.)

 

 

 

West Region

 

Kylie Atherstone

Cal Poly

RS/Opp.

Jr.

Mekana Barnes

Colorado State University

MB

Jr.

Alexis Crimes****

Long Beach State Univ.

MB

Sr.

Rachel Dyer

Brigham Young University

MB

Jr.

Ashley Fornstrom

Colorado State University

S

Jr.

Chelsea Goodman**

Brigham Young University

OH

Sr.

Jaclyn Houston

Cal Poly

MB

Jr.

Jamie Houston**

University of Hawai'i

OH

Jr.

Lauren Miramontes

UNLV

MB

Sr.

Amanda Nielson

Utah State University

RS/Opp.

Sr.

Kim Oguh***

New Mexico State University

MB

Sr.

Jaime Strauss

Colorado State University

OH

Jr.

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