Big West Well Represented On AVCA All-America List
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The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced the 37th annual AVCA Division I All-America Teams for women’s volleyball today and five Big West athletes were recognized on the elite list. Hawai’i’s Emily Maglio was named to the AVCA All-America Second Team for the first time in her career, while Cal Poly’s Taylor Nelson, Adlee Winden and Torrey Van Winden and UC Santa Barbara’s Lindsey Ruddins were named honorable mention.
Maglio led the Big West Conference for the second-straight season in total blocks (155) and blocks per set (1.46). She also was second in the league and led UH with a .381 hitting percentage. Her 355 kills, 3.35 kills per set, 24 solo blocks, 130 block assists, 155 total blocks, and 1.46 blocks per set average were all career-highs for the Canada-native. She also led UH with 22 double-digit kill matches and recorded her first two career double-doubles against Cal Poly and at Long Beach State this season. Coming into this week, Maglio was ranked 15th in the NCAA DI in blocks per set and tied for 24th in total blocks. The three-time all-Big West first team player is the 30th Rainbow Wahine and first UH women’s volleyball player from Canada to earn AVCA All-America honors.
Nelson, who was also named to the Pacific North AVCA All-Region First Team and named Big West Player of the year, led the Big West and finished fifth in the nation in assists per set at 11.81. She ended her Cal Poly career second all-time in assists in program history with 4,277, one of only three Mustangs to ever reach 4,000 career assists. She posted her career-high in assists against Wichita State earlier this season with 74. She also finished the season second highest on the team in digs with 2.53 per set. For the season, she finished with double-doubles in eight matches.
Torrey Van Winden, who was also named to the Pacific North AVCA All-Region First Team and All-Big West First Team, finished her first season at Cal Poly with the second highest single-season kills per set average in program history with 4.83. Against Wichita State, she posted a career-high 30 kills. She had a team-high nine double-double matches this season. For the season, she also had a hitting percentage of .343 and averaged 2.30 digs per set.
Adlee Van Winden, who was previously named to the Pacific North AVCA All-Region Honorable Mention and All-Big West First Team, finished with season averages of 3.33 kills per set (second highest on the team), hit .266, averaged 2.47 digs per set and finished with 29 service aces. She had five matches in which she posted double-doubles. She had a season-high 22 kills during the Mustangs’ comeback victory over Wichita State.
Ruddins put together one of the most productive campaigns in program history in 2017, leading the country by healthy margins and setting new school records with 5.84 kills per set and 6.46 points per set. With only three others players NCAA-wide averaging more than 5.0 kills per set – and all of them eliminated from postseason play – Ruddins is poised to become the first Gaucho ever to lead the nation in kills for an entire season. She is the 23rd UCSB player all-time to be named an All-American.
The awards will be presented Dec. 15 in Kansas City, Mo. at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet. The event is held in conjunction with the 2017 AVCA Convention.
Each of the three AVCA All-America Teams is comprised of 14 athletes. The Division I TeamSnap/AVCA National Player of the Year will be announced on Dec. 15 at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet. This year’s class is led by three, four-time AVCA All-Americans: Florida’s Rhamat Alhassan, Texas’ Chiaka Ogbogu, and Stanford’s Merete Lutz.