The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced the 35th annual AVCA Division I All-America Teams for women’s volleyball today and a pair of Big West athletes were recognized on the elite list. Hawai’i’s Nikki Taylor was named to the AVCA All-America Second Team, while her teammate Olivia Magill collected third team accolades.
Magill, who received her third AVCA All-Region honor last week, led the conference with a .412 hitting percentage and 1.44 blocks per set average. The senior middle blocker from Shoreline, Wash., is ranked 15th in the NCAA in blocks per set and No. 16 in the nation in hitting percentage. She also paced the league in total blocks (153), solo blocks (18) and block assists (135). The two-time All-Big West First Teamer collected Big West Defensive Player of the Week honors back on Oct. 12, after tying her season high with 11 blocks, including a career-high three solo that helped limit the 49ers to .097 hitting for the contest.
Two-time AVCA Region First Team member Taylor paced the Big West in three categories - points, kills and service aces - while also ranking among the best in the nation. She is averaged 5.48 points per set during the season to grab the fifth spot in the country. The Honolulu, Hawai’i, native also sits 16th in kills per set (4.46) and 21st in service ace average (.42). The 6-foot-4 opposite collected five Big West Player of the Week honors over the course of the season, the highest single-season total since Cal Poly’s Kylie Atherstone garnered six in 2007. She also received AVCA/Sports Imports and ESPNW National Player of the Week awards the week of September 14 following an impressive performance at the Outrigger Resort Volleyball Challenge that included a career-best 27-kill performance against nationally-ranked Florida.
Magill and Taylor guided the Rainbow Wahine to an impressive overall of mark of 29-2 and an unblemished 16-0 in Big West play to capture the conference title. In the postseason, Hawai’i became the first Big West team to advance to the Elite 8 since Long Beach State after sweeping 2013 & 2014 National Champions Penn State in the Sweet 16.
The awards will be presented Dec. 18, 2015, in Omaha, Neb. at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet. The event is held in conjunction with the 2015 AVCA Convention.
Each of the three AVCA All-America Teams is comprised of 14 athletes. This marks the first year all players representing the Honorable Mention All-Americans were selected by the selection committee (previously, players who made All-Region were automatically honorable mention if they didn’t make one of the three teams). The Division I AVCA National Player of the Year will be announced on Dec. 18 at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet.