Vander Kooi, Wilson Named to AVCA All-Central Region Team

MUTIGERS.COM Jessica Vander Kooi
MUTIGERS.COM
Jessica Vander Kooi
MUTIGERS.COM

Dec. 6, 2006

COLUMBIA, Mo.--The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced their All-Region teams Wednesday afternoon. Senior Jessica Vander Kooi was selected to the Central Region's first-team for the second-consecutive year and guarantees the Hinton, Iowa, native a spot on at least the AVCA All-America honorable mention list. Senior Nicole Wilson (Lincoln, Neb.) received honorable mention honors to the All-Region team, being recognized within the region for the second-straight season.

 

Vander Kooi finished the 2006 Big 12 season in the top 10 of three scoring categories including kills per game (7th, 4.05), service aces per game (7th, 0.33), and points per game (5th, 4.88). In addition, Vander Kooi was named Big 12 Player of the Week twice in September and earned AVCA National Player of the Week honors on September 22. Vander Kooi also was one of very few voted as a CoSIDA Academic All-American. In addition, Vander Kooi landed on the Academic All-Big 12 list for the third-consecutive year.

 

Vander Kooi ended her career at Mizzou in the top three all-time of six statistical categories including kills, points, digs, and blocks. Vander Kooi scored a team-high 18 kills, adding 14 digs and five blocks in the near upset of No. 2 Stanford in the NCAA Tournament's second round on Sunday.

 

Wilson finished the conference season in fifth place in hitting percentage (.341) and tenth in kills per game (3.63). Wilson ends her time at Mizzou as the Tigers' all-time leader in hitting percentage (.350), block assists (376), and blocks per game (1.07). Against Stanford Sunday, Wilson recorded seven blocks, adding 15 kills on a .353 hitting percentage.

 

The AVCA announces their All-America teams on Wednesday, December 13, with those student-athletes being honored on Friday, December 15 at the AVCA Convention in Omaha, Neb., in conjunction with the NCAA Volleyball Tournament Final Four.

 

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Central Region

 

 

 

Erin Boeve

Iowa State University

MB

Jr.

Ashley Engle

The University of Texas

RS/Opp

Fr.

Stephanie Figgers

Stephen F. Austin University

DS/Lib

Sr.

Rachel Holloway

University of Nebraska

S           

RS/Fr.

Destinee Hooker

The University of Texas

OH

Fr.

Jordan Larson

University of Nebraska

OH

So.

Ashley Nu'u

University of Colorado

S

Sr.

Sarah Pavan***

University of Nebraska

RS/Opp

Jr.

Eliane Santos

University of Oklahoma

MB

Sr.

Joanna Schmitt

University of Oklahoma

OH

Sr.

Tracy Stalls

University of Nebraska

MB

Jr.

Jessica Vander Kooi**

University of Missouri

OH

Sr.

 

Region Freshman of the Year: Ashley Engle, Texas, RS/Opp

Honorable Mention: Christi Hahn (Texas A&M, MB, Sr.), Rachel Jackson (Oklahoma, S, Sr.), Sara Lungren (Wichita State, OH, Jr.), Michelle Moriarty (Texas, S, Jr.), Nicole Wilson (Missouri, MB, Sr.), Ori Zuzic (Oral Roberts, OH, Sr.)

 

 

East Region

 

 

 

Jeannette Abbott

Clemson University

OH

So.

Allison Anderson

Boston College

DS/Lib

Sr.

Elizabeth Curley

Hofstra University

MB

Sr.

Carrie DeMange**

Duke University

MB

Jr.

Katie Esbrook

Virginia Tech

MB

Sr.

Ali Hausfeld***

Duke University

S

Jr.

Danielle Hepburn

Clemson University

MB

So.

Tealle Hunkus

Duke University

OH

Sr.

Emily Kirkwood

University of Virginia

S

Sr.

Katherine Oakes

University of Virginia

MB

Jr.

Ulrike Stegemann

Georgia Tech

RS/Opp

Jr.

Makini Thompson

Florida State University

OH

Jr.

 

Region Freshman of the Year:         Rachael Moss, Duke, OH

Honorable Mention: Ludmila Francescatto (Virginia Commonwealth, OH, Sr.), Allyson Halls (James Madison, MB, Jr.), Sarah Kirkwood (Virginia, OH, Jr.), Jena Pierson (James Madison, DS/Lib, Jr.), Taryn Surbaugh (Winthrop, MB, Sr.), Elif Unlu (UNC Asheville, OH, Sr.)

 

 

Mideast Region

 

 

 

Katie Bruzdzinski

University of Michigan

OH

Jr.

Brittney Dolgner

University of Wisconsin

OH

Fr.

Nicole Fawcett**

Penn State University

OH

So.

Christa Harmotto**

Penn State University

MB

So.

Megan Hodge

Penn State University

OH

Fr.

Stephanie Lynch

Purdue University

MB

So.

Marisa Main***

The Ohio State University

S

Sr.

Kate McCullagh

Northern Illinois University

MB

Sr.

Danielle Meyer**

The Ohio State University

MB

Jr.

Meredith Nelson

University of Minnesota

MB

Sr.

Malama Peniata

University of Minnesota

DS/Lib

Sr.

Jackie Simpson

University of Wisconsin

S

Jr.

 

Region Freshman of the Year: Megan Hodge, Penn State, OH

Honorable Mention: Kelly Bowman (Minnesota, RS/Opp, Sr.), Chrissy Gothke (Bowling Green, S, Sr.), Melissa Griffin (Ohio, MB, Jr.), Savanah Parra (Ohio, S/H, Sr.), Ashley Schatzle (Michigan State, OH, Jr.), Jocelyn Wack (Wisconsin, DS/Lib, Jr.)

 

 

Midwest Region

 

 

 

Kelly-Anne Billingy***

Marshall University

OH

Jr.

Abbey Breit**

Jacksonville State University

OH

Jr.

Ivana Bozic

UAB

OH

So.

Shelby Burton

University of Memphis

MB

Jr.

Laura Cote

University of Memphis

S/H

So.

Leanne Felsing

UW-Milwaukee

S/H

Jr.

Cheryl Hegemann

UW-Milwaukee

MB

Sr.

Heather Norris

Murray State University

DS/Lib

So.

Sara Radosevic**

Tulane University

OH

So.

Julia Silva**

The University of Tulsa

S

Jr.

Ambria Springer

University of Illinois at Chicago

MB

Sr.

Emily Withers

Jacksonville State University

S

Sr.

 

Region Freshman of the Year: Ksenija Vlaskovic, Tulane, OH

Honorable Mention: Christen Clayton (Memphis, DS/Lib, Sr.), Fernanda Domingos (UAB, RS/Opp, Jr.), Rachel Giubilato (SMU, OH, Jr.), Katie Kemezys (Murray State, MB, Sr.), Betty Slinger (UW-Green Bay, S/H, Jr.), Ksenija Vlaskovic (Tulane, OH, Fr.)

 

 

Northeast Region

 

 

 

Diana Andreyko

University of Pittsburgh

OH

Jr.

Faye Barhorst***

University of Dayton

MB

Sr.

Elizabeth Bishop**

Cornell University

OH

Sr.

Hui Ping Huang

St. John's University

OH

So.

Tatyana Kolesnikova

University of Louisville

OH

So.

Viola Leszczynska

St. John's University

S/H

Jr.

Tatyana Menshikova

Saint Louis University

OH

Sr.

Jamie Mueller

Marquette University

OH

Sr.

Jessie Nevitt**

University of Cincinnati

MB

So.

Rubena Sukaj

American University

OH

So.

Kimberley Todd

Marquette University

OH

Jr.

Ana Yartseva-Stewart***

University of Louisville

MB

Sr.

 

Region Freshman of the Year: Sammi McCloud, Saint Louis, RS/Opp

Honorable Mention:  Azadeh Boroumand (Pittsburgh, S, Sr.), Chelsa Brooks (American, MB, Jr.), Blair Buchanan (Albany, S/H, Sr.), Shelby Goldman (Albany, OH, Sr.), Erin Schroeder (Dayton, S, So.), Joanna Weiss (Cornell, MB, Sr.)

 

 

 

Pacific Region

 

 

 

Foluke Akinradewo**

Stanford University

MB

So.

Cynthia Barboza

Stanford University

OH

So.

Kristen Carlson

University of San Diego

OH

Sr.

Anna Cmaylo**

Santa Clara University

MB

Jr.

Asia Kaczor

Univ. of Southern California

RS/Opp

Jr.

Bryn Kehoe

Stanford University

S

Jr.

Nana Meriwether**

UCLA

MB

Sr.

Christal Morrison***

University of Washington

OH

Jr.

Angie Pressey

University of California

OH

Jr.

Debora Seilhamer

Univ. of Southern California

DS/Lib

Sr.

Nellie Spicer

UCLA

S

So.

Courtney Thompson***

University of Washington

S

Sr.

 

Region Freshman of the Year: Taylor Carico, Southern California, S

Honorable Mention: Katie Carter (UCLA, OH, Sr.), Alesha Deesing (Washington, MB, Jr.), Kristin Lutes (Sacramento State, DS/Lib, Sr.), Sophia Milo (Pepperdine, MB, Sr.), Kristin Richards (Stanford, OH, Sr.), Jessica Swarbrick (Washington, MB, So.)

 

 

South Region
 
 
 

Ashley Adams

Middle Tennessee State Univ.

OH

So.

Megan Argabright**

Western Kentucky University

MB

So.

Sarah Blum

University of Tennessee

MB

Sr.

Shonda Cole

University of South Carolina

OH

Sr.

Crystal Hudson

University of Alabama

MB

Jr.

Denitza Koleva

University of Arkansas

OH

Sr.

Amber McCray

University of Florida

RS/Opp

Jr.

Angie McGinnis**

University of Florida

S

Jr.

Colleen Nilson

Belmont University

S

Jr.

Daniela Romero

LSU

S

Sr.

Yarimar Rosa

Florida International University

OH

Fr.

Yuliya Stoyanova**

University of Tennessee

OH

Jr.

 

Region Freshman of the Year: Yarimar Rosa, Florida International, OH

Honorable Mention: Nicole Britenriker (Kentucky, MB, Jr.), Elyse Cusack (Florida, DS/Lib, Fr.), Marcie Hampton (Florida, OH, Jr.), Nicole Palazzo (Furman, MB, So.), Marina Skender (LSU, OH, So.), Jaclyn Toohey (Mississippi, OH, Sr.)

 

 

West Region

 

 

 

Alexis Crimes***

Long Beach State University

MB

Jr.

Chelsea Goodman

Brigham Young University

OH

Jr.

Jamie Houston

University of Hawai'i

OH

So.

Kanoe Kamana'o****

University of Hawai'i

S

Sr.

Sarah Mason

University of Hawai'i

OH

Sr.

Kim Oguh**

New Mexico State University

MB

Jr.

Airial Salvo

University of Utah

OH

So.

Juliana Sanders

University of Hawai'i

MB

Jr.

Amber Simpson

New Mexico State University

MB

So.

Emillie Toone

University of Utah

MB

Jr.

Olivia Waldowski

UC Santa Barbara

MB

Sr.

Whitney Webb

University of Utah

RS/Opp

Jr.

 

Region Freshman of the Year: Sydney Anderson, Utah, S

Honorable Mention: Lori Baird (Utah, MB, So.), Alice Borden (New Mexico State, OH, Sr.), Jackie Choi (New Mexico State, S, Sr.), Rachel Dyer (BYU, MB, So.), Johanna Hilbers (Pacific, MB, Jr.), Erica Lott (BYU, RS/Opp, Jr.)

 


 

 

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