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Four Badgers named AVCA All-American

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Four Badgers named AVCA All-American
Hilley, Rettke earn first-team honors

 

PITTSBURGH – For the first time in program history, the Wisconsin volleyball team has two first-team All-Americans.

 

Juniors Sydney Hilley and Dana Rettke were named American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) first-team All-Americans while redshirt junior Molly Haggerty earned second-team honors. Junior Grace

Loberg was selected to the honorable mention team. Four All-Americans in one season ties the second most in program history. It is also the sixth-straight season that Wisconsin has had a first team honoree.

 

Hilley was named a first-team All-American for the first time in her career after earning second-team honors in 2018 and honorable mention accolades in 2017. She becomes just the fourth three-time All-American in program history, joining Lauren Carlini (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), Haleigh Nelson (2014, 2015, 2016) and Tionna Williams (2015, 2016, 2017).

 

The 6-foot setter leads the nation with 12.18 assists per set and ranks 14th with 1,328 total assists on the season. Hilley was named the 2019 Big Ten Setter of the Year while earning her second-straight All-Big Ten award. For the third straight season, she was also named to the AVCA All-Region team.

 

Rettke also becomes a three-time All-American this season and joins Carlini as the only three-time, first-team All-American for the Badgers. The reigning Big Ten and AVCA Northeast Regional Player of the Year, the 6-foot-8 middle blocker leads the Big Ten and ranks seventh nationally with 1.47 blocks per set. Rettke also ranks 16th nationally in hitting percentage (.401) while ranking among the top national players in kills per set (3.76), aces per set (0.34) and points per set (4.91).

 

Haggerty earns her second All-America award after being named a third-team pick in 2016. The 6-foot-1 outside hitter ranks second on the Badger team with 3.54 kills per set while hitting .261, both of which are season bests.

 

Loberg earns her first All-American honor, ranking third on the Badgers with 3.16 kills per set while hitting .267. The 6-foot-3 outside hitter earned her first All-Big Ten distinction, ranking 12th in Big Ten-only matches with 3.26 kills per set and hitting .287, which ranked 13th in the conference.

 

Making its third appearance in the NCAA National Semifinals, fourth-seeded Wisconsin (26-6) takes on top-seeded Baylor (29-1) in the first national semifinal on Thursday at 6 p.m. CT from PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. The match will be televised by ESPN. Third-seed Stanford (28-4) takes on No. 7 Minnesota (27-5) in the second semifinal at approximately 8:30 p.m. CT.

 

Semifinal winners advance to the national championship match on Saturday at 7 p.m. CT from PPG Paints Arena. That match will be televised by ESPN2.

2019 AVCA DIVISION I FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICA

Name School Pos. Year
 Kara Bajema#  Washington  OH  Sr.
 Dani Drews^  Utah  OH  Jr.
 Leah Edmond^$+  Kentucky  OH  Sr.
 Jenna Gray*$  Stanford  S  Sr.
 Morgan Hentz*$  Stanford  L  Sr.
 Sydney Hilley^  Wisconsin  S  Jr.
 Kaitlyn Hord  Penn State  MB  So.
 Hannah Lockin  Baylor  S  Jr.
 Regan Pittman^  Minnesota  MB  RS-Jr.
 Yossiana Pressley  Baylor  OH  Jr.
 Dana Rettke*$  Wisconsin  MB  Jr.
 Shelly Stafford  Baylor  MB  Jr.
 Jordan Thompson#  Cincinnati  OH  RS-Sr.
 Micaya White^%&  Texas  OH  Sr.

2019 AVCA DIVISION I SECOND-TEAM ALL-AMERICA

Name School Pos. Year
 Kylie Deberg  Missouri  OH  Jr.
 Logan Eggleston  Texas  OH  So.
 Molly Haggerty+  Wisconsin  OH  RS-Jr.
 Hollann Hans  Texas A&M  OH  Sr.
 Magda Jehlárová  Washington State  MB  Fr.
 Kenzie Koerber  Utah  RS  Jr.
 Khalia Lanier$  Southern California  OH  Sr.
 Madison Lilley^@  Kentucky  S  Jr.
 Kayla Lund  Pittsburgh  OH  Jr.
 Mac May  UCLA  OH  Jr.
 Berkeley Oblad  Utah  MB  RS-Sr.
 Stephanie Samedy*$  Minnesota  RS  Jr.
 Lauren Stivrins*  Nebraska  MB  Jr.
 Kendall White*@  Penn State  L  Sr.

2019 AVCA DIVISION I THIRD-TEAM ALL-AMERICA

Name School Pos. Year
 Gabby Blossom  Penn State  S  So.
 Grace Cleveland  Purdue  RS  So.
 Maia Dvoracek  Cal Poly  RS  Jr.
 Audriana Fitzmorris^@  Stanford  RS  Sr.
 Madeleine Gates@  Stanford  MB  Gr.
 Thayer Hall  Florida  OH  So.
 Alexis Hart%  Minnesota  OH  Sr.
 Paige Jones  Michigan  OH  So.
 Ella May Powell  Washington  S  So.
 Lindsey Ruddins  UC Santa Barbara  OH  Sr.
 Mikayla Shields  South Carolina  RS  Sr.
 Alli Stumler  Kentucky  OH  So.
 Lexi Sun  Nebraska  OH  Jr.
 Brittany Witt  Creighton  L  Sr.

* indicates 2018 AVCA First-Team All-America selection
^ indicates 2018 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection
# indicates 2018 AVCA Third-Team All-America selection
$ indicates 2017 AVCA First-Team All-America selection
@ indicates 2017 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection
% indicates 2017 AVCA Third-Team All-America selection
& indicates 2016 AVCA First-Team All-American selection
! indicates 2016 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection
+ indicates a 2016 AVCA Third-Team All-American selection

2019 Division I AVCA Freshman of the Year: Magda Jehlárová, Washington State, MB
2019 Division I TeamSnap/AVCA Player of the Year: Announced at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet Presented by the NVA on Friday.

2019 AVCA Division I Honorable Mention All-America

Name School Pos. Year
 Anota Adekunle  Rice  MB  So.
 Taylor Bannister  LSU  RS  Jr.
 Allie Barber  Marquette  OH  Sr.
 Lydia Bartalo  Denver  OH  Jr.
 Jenna Bridges  Hartford  MB  Sr.
 Madelyn Cole  Creighton  S  Sr.
 Camille Conner  Texas A&M  S  Jr.
 Gabby Curry  Kentucky  L  Jr.
 Grace Frohling  San Diego  RS  Fr.
 Rachel Giustino  Murray State  OH  Sr.
 Serena Gray  Penn State  MB  So.
 Nicklin Hames  Nebraska  S  So.
 Megan Hart  New Mexico State  MB  RS-Sr.
 Chichi Ikwuazom  Columbia  MB  Sr.
 Norene Iosia  Hawai’i  S/H  Sr.
 Tia Jimerson  Ohio  MB  Jr.
 Aiko Jones  Louisville  RS  RS-Fr.
 Saige Ka’aha’aina-Torres  Utah  S  So.
 Rachael Kramer  Florida  MB  Sr.
 Madi Kubik  Nebraska  OH  Fr.
 Mary Lake  BYU  L  Sr.
 Nicole Lennon  Rice  OH  Jr.
 Grace Loberg  Wisconsin  OH  Jr.
 Lauren Matthews  Western Kentucky  MB  So.
 CC McGraw  Minnesota  L  So.
 McKenna Melville  UCF  OH  So.
 Leah Meyer  Kentucky  MB  Gr.
 McKenna Miller  BYU  OH  Sr.
 Blake Mohler  Purdue  MB  RS-Sr.
 Chinaza Ndee  Pittsburgh  RS  Jr.
 Anett Nemeth  Coastal Carolina  RS  So.
 Caitlyn Newton  Purdue  OH  Jr.
 Katie Oleksak  Colorado State  S  Sr.
 Jonni Parker  Penn State  RS  So.
 Jamie Peterson  Dayton  OH  RS-So.
 Jacqueline Quade  Illinois  OH  Sr.
 Savvy Simo  UCLA  OH  Sr.
 Karlie Taylor  Northern Iowa  OH  Sr.
 Layne Van Buskirk  Pittsburgh  MB  Sr.
 MacKenzie Welsh  Michigan  S  Sr.
 Taylor Wolf  Wisconsin-Green Bay  RS  Jr.
 Marrisa Wonders  Towson  S  Sr.