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Wednesday December 12, 2012AVCA Recognizes Four Gators as Mann and Recek Earn High Honors

Gainesville, Fla.

Florida junior middle blocker Chloe Mann (Gainesville, Fla.) has been named a First Team All-American and freshman outside hitter Živa Recek (Kočevje, Slovenia) was honored as the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I National Freshman of the Year, the Lexington, Ky.-based organization announced Wednesday at its annual convention in Louisville, Ky.

 

Recek was joined as an AVCA All-America Honorable Mention selection by junior setter Taylor Brauneis (Crystal Lake, Ill.) and senior right-side hitter Tangerine Wiggs (Seattle, Wash.). Four honorees ties for the most by a single Gator team, as Florida had four athletes honored by the AVCA in 2003 and 2010.

 

Mann, the SEC Player of the Year and a First Team All-SEC selection, topped the Gators with an NCAA-leading .444 hitting percentage, putting down 380 kills on the year. Mann led Florida with 1.15 blocks/set, good for third in the SEC. For her career, the junior middle blocker has 532 kills on a .455 hitting clip and is on track to break Florida’s career hitting percentage record by the end of her senior season. She is a two-time SEC Offensive Player of the Week selection, once in both 2011 and 2012. She was named Preseason All-SEC by the league’s coaches this fall and was MVP of the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational earlier in the season.

 

Mann is also a 2012 CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District® honoree and eligible for Academic All-America® honors. The Gainesville native gives the Florida program its 14th AVCA First Team All-America recognition and she is the ninth Gator in history to receive First Team All-America honors. She is the third Gator middle blocker to be named First Team All-America, joining Nina Foster (1997) and Aycan Gokberk (1993, 95)

 

Recek, who was also honored as the AVCA South Region and SEC Freshman of the Year, led Florida with 440 kills on the year (4.00/set) and ranked in the top five in the SEC in kills and points per set (4.45). Recek is the second Gator to receive AVCA National Freshman of the Year, joining Florida’s only four-time AVCA All-American Kelly Murphy.

 

Recek was a four-time SEC Freshman of the Week selection, two-time SEC Offensive Player of the Week honoree and now owns the Florida freshman record for kills in a season, shattering the previous record of 357 shared by Aycan Gokberk and Marcie Hampton. She also owns the freshman records in points (490.0) and attacks (1,166). She is second in kills and points per set by a freshman behind Gator great Aury Cruz, who crushed 4.32 kills/set and 5.24 points/set during her rookie campaign. Recek is one of only eight freshmen honored by the AVCA as an Honorable Mention selection.

 

Brauneis, an AVCA All-America Honorable Mention honoree, led the SEC with 11.65 assists/set. A 2011 AVCA All-America Honorable Mention selection while at Louisville, Brauneis has turned in three double-doubles as a Gator and set a new career high with 67 assists against Tennessee. Brauneis, who is ninth in the NCAA in assists/set, was also named AVCA All-South Region and First Team All-SEC. Brauneis set the Gators to a .298 hitting efficiency, a mark which led the SEC and ranked fourth in the NCAA, dishing out 1,247 assists on the year.

 

Wiggs, an AVCA All-America Honorable Mention honoree, finished second in the SEC and 26th in the NCAA in hitting percentage with a .376 offensive efficiency and was third on the team with 245 kills on the year. Wiggs finished her Florida career with 658 kills and 278 blocks. Wiggs was named AVCA All-South Region and First Team All-SEC in 2012, and Second Team All-SEC in 2011. Wiggs is also a 2012 CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District® honoree and eligible for Academic All-America® honors.

 

The selections were made by the AVCA Division I All-America Committee: Santiago Restrepo, Oklahoma; Sherry Dunbar, Indiana; Lisa Seifert, Southern Methodist; Molly Alvey, Cincinnati; Jennifer Greeny, Washington State; Craig Skinner, Kentucky; Jeff Nelson, New Mexico; Tonya Johnson, Georgia Tech.  The AVCA Awards Chair is Dayton head volleyball coach Kelly Sheffield.

 

Each of the three AVCA All-America Teams is comprised of 14 athletes. The Division I AVCA National Player of the Year will be announced on Dec. 14 at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet.

 

With Mann’s inclusion as a First Team All-America, she is eligible for National Player of the Year honors. Mann, Wiggs and Second Team All-SEC middle blocker Betsy Smith (Atlanta, Ga.) are CoSIDA Academic All-District® honorees and are eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-America®, which will be announced Thursday.

 

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RECEK IN THE FLORIDA FRESHMAN RECORD BOOK

Category

Rank

Statistic

Kills by a Freshman

1st

440

Kills Per Set by a Freshman

2nd

4.00

Points by a Freshman

1st

490.0

Points Per Set by a Freshman

2nd

4.45

Attacks by a Freshman

1st

1,166

 

FLORIDA’S AVCA FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICANS

Name

Position

Year

Chloe Mann

MB

2012

Kelly Murphy

RS/S

2010, 11

Angie McGinnis

S

2006

Jane Collymore

OH

2005

Aury Cruz

OH

2001, 02, 03

Jenny Manz

RS

1998

Nina Foster

MB

1997

Aycan Gokberk

MB

1993, 1995

Gudula Staub

OH

1991, 1992

 

2012 AVCA DIVISION I FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICA

Name

 

School

Position

Year

Height

Hometown

Alaina

Bergsma#

University of Oregon

OH

SR

6'3

Chandler, AZ

Lauren

Cook

University of Nebraska

S

SR

5'8

Lincoln, NE

Haley

Eckerman^

University of Texas

OH

SO

6'3

Waterloo, IA

Natalie

Hagglund*

University of Southern California

L/DS

JR

5'9

Encinitas, CA

Jennifer

Hamson

Brigham Young University

RS/Opp.

JR

6'7

Lindon, UT

Micha

Hancock

Penn State University

S

SO

5'11

Edmond, OK

Katherine

Harms

University of Minnesota

RS/Opp.

SR

6'2

Albertville, MN

Emily

Hartong^

University of Hawaii

OH

JR

6'2

Los Alamitos, CA

Tabi

Love

UCLA

OH

SR

6'5

Dauphin, MN

Chloe

Mann

University of Florida

MB

JR

6'2

Gainesville, FL

Lauren

Plum

University of Oregon

S

JR

5'9

Poway, CA

Ariel

Scott#

Penn State University

RS/Opp.

JR

6'4

Ridgewood, NJ

Bailey

Webster*

University of Texas

OH

JR

6'3

Baltimore, MD

Carly

Wopat

Stanford University

MB

JR

6'2

Santa Barbara, CA

 

2012 AVCA DIVISION I SECOND-TEAM ALL-AMERICA

Name

 

School

Position

Year

Height

Hometown

Lola

Arslanbekova#

University of Louisville

OH

SR

5'11

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Whitney

Billings

University of Kentucky

RS/Opp.

JR

6'2

Helena, AL

Elizabeth

Brenner

University of Oregon

OH

SO

6'1

Portland, OR

Tori

Dixon

University of Minnesota

MB

JR

6'3

Burnsville, MN

Kristen

Hahn

Iowa State University

L/DS

JR

5'6

Cedar Rapids, IA

Tyler 

Henderson^@

University of Tulsa

OH

SR

5'11

Oklahoma City, OK

Caroline

Jarmoc

University of Kansas

MB

JR

6'2

Calgary, Alberta, Canada 

Gina

Mancuso*

University of Nebraska

OH

SR

6'1

Omaha, NE

Samantha

Selsky

University of Dayton

S

SR

5'10

Manhattan Beach, CA

Katie

Slay@

Penn State University

MB

JR

6'6

Raleigh, NC

Ariel

Turner*

Purdue University

OH

SR

6'1

Highlands Ranch, CO

Krista

Vansant

University of Washington

OH

SO

6'2

Redlands, CA

Hannah

Werth@

University of Nebraska

OH

SR

6'1

Springfield, IL

Lauren

Wicinski#

Michigan State University

OH

JR

6'1

Geneva, IL

 

2012 AVCA DIVISION THIRD-TEAM ALL-AMERICA

Name

 

School

Position

Year

Height

Hometown

Dana

Cranston

Colorado State University

OH

SR

6'3

Fort St. John, BC

Jennifer

Cross

University of Michigan

MB

JR

6'4

Scarborough, Ontario

Katie

Fuller

University of Southern California

RS/Opp.

SR

6'2

Olivehain, CA

Lisa

Henning#

University of Missouri

RS/Opp.

JR

6'1

Blue Springs, MO

Mari

Hole

The Ohio State University

OH

SR

6'0

Oslo, Norway

Stephanie

Holthus

Northwestern University

OH

JR

5'11

Burlington, IL

Alison

Landwehr*

Iowa State University

S

SR

6'0

St. Louis, MO

Deja

McClendon^@

Penn State University

OH

JR

6'1

Louisville, KY

Sallie

McLaurin

University of Oklahoma

MB

JR

6'2

Midwest City, OK

Monique 

Mead

Georgia Tech

RS/Opp.

SR

5'10

Newnan, GA

Ashley

Neff

Florida State University

MB

JR

6'3

Kennesaw, GA

Gwen

Rucker

University of Louisville

MB

SR

6'2

Lexington, KY

Emani

Sims

University of Miami

MB

SO

5'11

Glenview, IL

Kellie

Woolever

Pepperdine University

S

JR

6'0

Long Beach, CA

 

* indicates 2011 AVCA First-Team All-America selection
^ indicates 2011 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection
# indicates 2011 AVCA Third-Team All-America selection
$ indicates 2010 AVCA First-Team All-America selection
@ indicates 2010 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection
% indicates 2010 AVCA Third-Team All-America selection
! indicates 2009 AVCA First-Team All-America selection
+ indicates 2009 AVCA Third-Team All-America selection
 

2012 Division I AVCA Freshman of the Year: Živa Recek, Florida, OH

2012 Division I AVCA Player of the Year: Announced at AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet on Dec. 14, 2012.

 

2012 AVCA Division I Honorable Mention All-America

Name

 

School

Position

Year

Roslandy

Acosta

University of Arkansas

OH

SR

Jessica

Adams

University of Tulsa

L/DS

SR

McKenzie

Adams

University of Texas-San Antonio

OH

JR

Sandra

Adeleye

Clemson University

MB

SR

Emily

Adney

Wichita State University

OH

SR

Inky

Ajanaku

Stanford University

MB

FR

Toni

Alugbue

University of Notre Dame

OH

SO

Kelly

Bacon

Northeastern University

OH

JR

Khat

Bell

University of Texas

MB

SO

Megan

Bober

Creighton University

S

SR

Taylor

Brauneis

University of Florida

S

JR

Samantha

Bricio

University of Southern California

OH

FR

Kelli

Browning

Creighton University

MB

SO

Megan

Campbell

University of Dayton

MB

JR

Danielle

Carlson

Marquette University

MB

SR

Nancy

Cole

Rice University

MB

SR

Ashleigh

Crutcher

University of Maryland

OH

SO

Megan

Cyr

North Carolina State University

S

SR

Darcy

Dorton

College of Charleston

OH

JR

Lexi

Eriwin

University of Michigan

OH

JR

Chelsey

Feekin

Wichita State University

S

JR

Taylor

Formico

UC Santa Barbara

L/DS

FR

Johnna

Fouch

San Diego State University

S

JR

Marie

Frease

Cleveland State University

MB

SR

Sareea

Freeman

Florida State University

MB

SR

Alexa

Gray

Brigham Young University

OH

FR

Brittany

Groth

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

L/DS

SR

Meghan

Haggerty

University of Nebraska

MB

FR

Andrea

Hannasch

San Diego State University

MB

SR

Heather

Hanneman

Brigham Young University

S

SR

Liz

Harden

Boise State University

RS/Opp.

SR

Christine

Hartmann

University of Kentucky

S

SR

Xitlali

Herrera

University of Texas-El Paso

MB

JR

Casey

Hinger

CSU-Northridge

MB

SO

Jeane

Horton

University of Texas-El Paso

OH

JR

Jeni

Houser

University of Notre Dame

RS/Opp.

SO

Victoria

Hurtt

Iowa State University

OH

SO

Alex

Johnson

University of Miami

RS/Opp.

JR

Brynn

Joki

North Dakota State University

OH

SR

Alisia

Kastmo

Texas A&M University

RS/Opp.

SR

Rachael

Kidder

UCLA

OH

SR

Stephanie

Klefot

University of Kentucky

L/DS

SR

Elizabeth

Koberstein

Marquette University

S

JR

Kara

Koch

Cleveland State University

OH

SR

Rachel

Krabacher

University of Dayton

OH

SR

Ali

McCurdy

Duke University

L/DS

JR

Emily

McGee

University of North Carolina 

OH

SR

Sha'Dare

McNeal

University of Texas

RS/Opp.

SR

Holly

Mertens

Marquette University

RS/Opp.

SR

Lindsey

Miller

Texas A&M University

MB

SR

Kori 

Moster

Michigan State University

L/DS

SO

Alexis

Mourning

University of Miami

MB

SO

Ellen

Mullins

University of Tennessee

L/DS

JR

Megan

Murphy

Rice University

S

JR

Kayla

Neto

CSU-Fullerton

OH

SR

Paige

Neuenfeldt

University of North Carolina 

MB

FR

Jasmine

Norton

University of Arkansas

OH

SR

Chisom

Okpala

Long Beach State University

MB

SO

Jazmine

Orozco

Pepperdine University

OH

JR

Brieon

Paige

Colorado State University

MB

SR

Kaitlynn

Pelger

Kansas State University

MB

JR

Megan 

Plourde

Colorado State University

MB

SR

Kendall

Polan

Yale University

S/H

JR

Jodi

Purdy

University of Wyoming

OH

SR

Živa

Recek

University of Florida

OH

FR

Chantale

Riddle

University of New Mexico

RS/Opp.

SO

Ellie

Roberson

Morehead State University

RS/Opp.

SR

Kelsey

Robinson

University of Tennessee

OH

JR

Taylor

Root

Valparaiso University

L/DS

SR

Martina

Samadan

Virginia Commonwealth University

MB

FR

DeLaina

Sarden

University of Central Florida

MB

SO

Allie

Sawatzky

Texas A&M University

S

JR

Jordanne

Scott

University of Cincinnati

OH

SR

Sam

Serley

University of Alabama at Birmingham

MB

SR

Dani 

Shepherd

University of Pennsylvania

L/DS

JR

Jordyn 

Skinner

Western Kentucky University

OH

SR

Melanie

Stutsman

Western Kentucky University

S

JR

Nrithya

Sundarararman

University of Miami

S

SR

Mita

Uiato

University of Hawaii

S

JR

Stephanie

Vorherr

Xavier University

L/DS

SR

Nicole

Warner

Brigham Young University

MB

SR

Caitlin

Welch

University of Louisville

L/DS

JR

Tangerine

Wiggs

University of Florida

RS/Opp.

SR

Kristin

Winkler

UC Irvine

L/DS

SR

Ashley

Wittman

University of Minnesota

OH

JR

Fatma

Yildirim

Florida State University

OH

SR

Caroline

Young

Southern Methodist University

RS/Opp.

SO

 

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