Creighton Volleyball trio earn AVCA All-America Honors

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Creighton Volleyball team had a program-record three women earn All-America honors with today’s announcement from the American Volleyball Coaches Association in Columbus, Ohio, site of the 2016 NCAA Volleyball Championships.

Lydia Dimke was named Third Team All-American, while Taryn Kloth and Jaali Winters were both Honorable Mention All-America selections. It’s the first such All-America honor for Dimke and Kloth, while Winters becomes the third player in school history to earn multiple All-America honors after being named a Third Team All-American as a freshman in 2015. Megan Bober (2010, 2012) and Kelli Browning (2012, 2013, 2014) are the only previous Bluejays to earn multiple All-America plaudits.

The third-team recognition for Dimke matches the highest individual honor in program history, matching  Browning’s 2014 award and Winters’ 2015 recognition. This is the fourth time in program history that Creighton has had multiple women honored with All-America honors following the same season, joining 2012 (honorable-mention picks Bober and Browning), 2013 (honorable-mention picks Browning and Michelle Sicner) and 2015 (third-team All-American  Winters and honorable-mention selection Lauren Smith).

A 6-foot-3 setter from Ham Lake, Minn., Dimke was named BIG EAST Player of the Year in her first season on The Hilltop after transferring in from Purdue in January. Dimke leads the nation with 1,454 assists this season, which ranks second-most in Creighton single-season history. The junior also ranks 12th nationally with a BIG-EAST leading 11.36 assists per set, and helped set CU to a school-record .273 hitting percentage on the year. Dimke’s 2.67 digs per set were tops among BIG EAST setters and helped her attain a team-high 17 double-doubles on the fall.

Kloth averaged 3.20 kills per set and hit .277 during her sophomore season. The 6-foot-4 outside hitter from Sioux Falls, S.D., earned First Team All-BIG EAST and All-East Region accolades after a breakthrough campaign that saw her rank in the top-10 in the BIG EAST in kills per set and points per set.

Winters led Creighton with 448 kills (3.61 kps.) and 500.5 points (4.03 pps.), and was second with both 360 digs (2.90 dps.) and 36 service aces (0.29 saps.). The Preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year was named BIG EAST Tournament MVP and last week earned a spot on the All-Austin Regional Team.

Each of the three AVCA All-America Teams is comprised of 14 athletes. This marks the second 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 Friday at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet.

Stanford’s Kathryn Plummer was named National Freshman of the Year, an award that Creighton libero Brittany Witt was up for by virtue of her selection as AVCA East Region Freshman of the Year.

Creighton is led by Kirsten Bernthal Booth, the AVCA’s East Region Coach of the Year. The AVCA will announce its National Coach of the Year on Thursday at the Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon.

Creighton went 29-7 in 2016, making an unprecedented fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance while reaching the Elite Eight for the first time. The campaign included both a BIG EAST regular-season and Tournament title, the third straight season the program has won both.

The selections were made by the AVCA Division I All-America Committee: Chair: Sherry Dunbar, Indiana University; South Region: Karen Weatherington, UNC Charlotte; East Region; Jackie Simpson, George Mason; East Coast Region: Dennis Hohenshelt, Virginia; Midwest Region: Melissa Stokes, Missouri State; North Region: Cathy George, Michigan State; Northeast Region: Ryan Baker, Colgate; Pacific North Region: Shawn Garus, Boise State; Pacific South Region; Beth Launiere, Utah; Southeast Region: Scott Swanson, South Carolina; Southwest Region: Jill Kramer, TCU.

2016 AVCA DIVISION I FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICA

First Name

Last Name

School

Pos.

Year

 Inky

 Ajanaku$&

 Stanford University

 MB

 Sr.

 Amy

 Boswell#

 Brigham Young University

 MB

 Sr.

 Lauren

 Carlini*$!

 University of Wisconsin

 S

 Sr.

 Simone

 Lee

 Penn State University

 OH

 Jr.

 Ebony

 Nwanebu&

 University of Texas

 RS

 Jr.

 Kelsie

 Payne*

 University of Kansas

 RS

 Jr.

 Kathryn

 Plummer

 Stanford University

 OH

 Fr.

 Kadie

 Rolfzen*%?

 University of Nebraska

 RS

 Sr.

 Courtney

 Schwan

 University of Washington

 OH

 Jr.

 Samantha

 Seliger-Swenson^

 University of Minnesota

 S

 So.

 Haleigh

 Washington*

 Penn State University

 MB

 Jr.

 Micaya

 White

 University of Texas

 OH

 Fr.

 Sarah

 Wilhite

 University of Minnesota

 OH

 Sr.

 Justine

 Wong-Orantes#

 University of Nebraska

 L

 Sr.

2016 AVCA DIVISION I SECOND-TEAM ALL-AMERICA

First Name

Last Name

School

Pos.

Year

 Adora

 Anae

 University of Utah

 OH

 Jr.

 Abby

 Cole^

 University of Michigan

 MB

 Sr.

 Chloe

 Collins#

 University of Texas

 S

 Sr.

 Alyssa

 Garvelink

 Michigan State University

 MB

 Jr.

 Alex

 Holston#$

 University of Florida

 RS

 Sr.

 Kelly

 Hunter

 University of Nebraska

 S

 Jr.

 Crissy

 Jones

 University of Washington

 RS

 Jr.

 Taylor

 Leath

 University of North Carolina

 OH

 So.

 Haleigh

 Nelson^

 University of Wisconsin

 MB

 Sr.

 Taylor

 Sandbothe*

 Ohio State University

 MB

 Sr.

 Katie

 Staiger

 Baylor University

 OH

 Jr.

 Bailey

 Tanner

 University of Washington

 S

 Jr.

 Hannah

 Tapp*

 University of Minnesota

 RS/MB

 Sr.

 Nikki

 Taylor^

 University of Hawai’i

 RS

 Sr.

2016 AVCA DIVISION I THIRD-TEAM ALL-AMERICA

First Name

Last Name

School

Pos.

Year

 Rhamat

 Alhassan*@

 University of Florida

 MB

 Jr.

 Katie

 Brand

 Kansas State University

 S

 Sr.

 Melanie

 Crow

 University of Missouri

 OH

 Jr.

 Lydia

 Dimke

 Creighton University

 S

 Jr.

 Leah

 Edmond

 University of Kentucky

 OH

 Fr.

 Molly

 Haggerty

 University of Wisconsin

 OH

 Fr.

 Ainise

 Havili*

 University of Kansas

 S

 Jr.

 Merete

 Lutz^@

 Stanford University

 RS

 Jr.

 Kalei

 Mau

 University of Arizona

 OH

 Sr.

 McKenna

 Miller

 Brigham Young University

 OH

 Fr.

 Amber

 Rolfzen^

 University of Nebraska

 MB

 Sr.

 Penina

 Snuka

 University of Arizona

 S

 Sr.

 Lindsey

 Vander Weide

 University of Oregon

 OH

 So.

 Tionna

 Williams

 University of Wisconsin

 MB

 So

* indicates 2015 AVCA First-Team All-America selection
^ indicates 2015 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection
# indicates 2015 AVCA Third-Team All-America selection
$ indicates 2014 AVCA First-Team All-America selection
@ indicates 2014 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection
% indicates 2014 AVCA Third-Team All-America selection
& indicates 2013 AVCA First-Team All-American selection
! indicates 2013 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection
? indicates a 2013 AVCA Third-Team All-American selection

2016 Division I AVCA Freshman of the Year: Kathryn Plummer, Stanford, OH
2016 Division I AVCA Player of the Year: Announced at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet on Friday, December 16.