Lincoln - Three Nebraska volleyball players were announced as All-Americans on Wednesday morning by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). Junior middle blocker Brooke Delano led the way as a first-team pick after earning second-team honors last season, while Lindsey Licht's second-team honor was the first of her career and Hannah Werth was named to the second-team after being an honorable-mention selection last season.
Nebraska continues to lead the nation with 70 AVCA All-America certificates (first, second and third team) by 34 athletes with at least one Husker earning All-America honors in 29 consecutive seasons. In 11 seasons at Nebraska, Head Coach John Cook has coached his players to 35 All-America honors.
A key member of the Husker offense and defense this season, Delano led the team in hitting percentage (.406) and blocks per set (1.42), ranking her in the top 10 nationally in both categories. A unanimous All-Big 12 pick, Delano also became just the fourth Husker in school history to hit .400 or better in a season, as she joined fellow All-Americans Tracy Stalls (.473), Virginia Stahr (.440) and Amber Holmquist (.406). The Bellevue, Neb., native set single-match career bests in nearly every category this season, including kills (15), hitting percentage (.875), assists (3), aces (3), block assists (9) and total blocks (10). Her .875 hitting performance (14-0-16) on the road against Missouri ranks fourth-best all-time at Nebraska, as it bettered her .833 night against the Tigers in 2009.
Licht was a go-to player at right side for the Huskers this year as she led the team with 2.81 kills per set while hitting a career-best .295. A first-team All-Big 12 pick, she led the Huskers in kills 10 times and tied for the team lead on another three occasions. The Aurora, Colo., native topped her single-match best in kills with 18 against Florida and tied her career best in blocks twice with eight apiece against both Oklahoma and Texas A&M. Licht is the latest in a long line of successful attackers at Nebraska, as a total of 23 All-America certificates have been earned by the Huskers' outside and right side hitters in the Big 12 era.
Also picked as the 2010 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, Werth was one of four sophomores nationally to earn All-America honors this season. The Springfield, Ill., native ranked second on the team in both kills (2.80) and digs (3.09) per set, while she was third in solo blocks with 11. Werth led the Huskers with 10 double-double this season, including a 16-kill, 16-dig performance against Washington in the NCAA Tournament to notch the 21st double-double of her career. A threat offensively and defensively this season, Werth produced double-digit kills 14 times and had double-digit digs in 16 matches.