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Husker's Cook named All American

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Lincoln, Neb. – Four Nebraska volleyball players were honored Wednesday morning, as the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced its 2012 All-America team. Senior setter Lauren Cook led the charge as a first-team selection, while senior outside hitters Gina Mancuso and Hannah Werth earned second-team honors and freshman middle blocker Meghan Haggerty was chosen as an honorable-mention selection.

Nebraska continues to lead the nation with 74 AVCA All-America certificates (first, second and third team) by 37 athletes with at least one Husker earning All-America honors in 31 consecutive seasons. In 13 seasons at Nebraska, Head Coach John Cook has coached his players to 39 All-America honors. 

Cook continued to prove she is one of the nation's elite setters in her senior season, holding a nationally-ranked 11.15 assists per set average (1,372 total) in helping the Huskers finish second in the Big Ten in total assists (1,617) and hitting percentage (.292). She added another 28 service aces and 338 digs in the 2012 campaign and totaled 50 or more assists six times this season, including a season-high 56 against UCLA on Aug. 25. Cook recorded a team-best 17 double-doubles (assists-digs) on the year and helped Nebraska hit .300 or better in 18 out of 33 matches in 2012. After winning AVCA National Freshman of the Year honors back in 2009, this is her first time as an AVCA All-American.  

Mancuso earned second-team honors after posting 377 total kills on the season and an average of 3.43 kills per set, while ranking 10th in the Big Ten in kills. She recorded 11 double-doubles on the year and posted at least 10 kills in 25 matches this season, including a season-high 20 kills three times in 2012. She hit .300 or better in 11 of the Huskers' 20 Big Ten contests during her senior season. Mancuso also ranked 10th in the conference in service aces with an average of 0.28 per set. She was a 2012 unanimous All-Big Ten selection and was also named an AVCA First-Team All-American in 2011.  

Werth tabbed second-team honors after recording 360 total kills and an average of 3.05 kills per set for NU in 2012, also chipping in a team-high 390 digs. She tallied 14 double-doubles on the season and totaled double-digit kills in 20 of Nebraska's 33 matches, leading the team to the national quarterfinals. Werth also posted at least 10 digs in 21 matches. She was an AVCA Second-Team All-American in 2010, making this her second All-America appearance.  

Haggerty tallied the first AVCA All-America distinctions of her career with an honorable-mention selection, capping off an outstanding inaugural year with the Huskers. She posted a team and season-high 17 kills against UCLA on Aug. 25, the most by a Nebraska middle-blocker since Tracy Stalls tallied 17 against UCLA during the 2006 National Semifinal match. With a hitting percentage of .333 on the season, she leads all Husker hitters in efficiency, the first freshman to do so since Amber Holmquist in 1999. She is also second on the team in blocks with a total of 113 on the year.

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 I 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: Ziva 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

Ziva

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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