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
|Kaitlyn Hord||Penn State||MB||So.|
2019 AVCA DIVISION I SECOND-TEAM ALL-AMERICA
|Hollann Hans||Texas A&M||OH||Sr.|
|Magda Jehlárová||Washington State||MB||Fr.|
|Khalia Lanier$||Southern California||OH||Sr.|
|Kendall White*@||Penn State||L||Sr.|
2019 AVCA DIVISION I THIRD-TEAM ALL-AMERICA
|Gabby Blossom||Penn State||S||So.|
|Maia Dvoracek||Cal Poly||RS||Jr.|
|Ella May Powell||Washington||S||So.|
|Lindsey Ruddins||UC Santa Barbara||OH||Sr.|
|Mikayla Shields||South Carolina||RS||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
|Camille Conner||Texas A&M||S||Jr.|
|Grace Frohling||San Diego||RS||Fr.|
|Rachel Giustino||Murray State||OH||Sr.|
|Serena Gray||Penn State||MB||So.|
|Megan Hart||New Mexico State||MB||RS-Sr.|
|Lauren Matthews||Western Kentucky||MB||So.|
|Anett Nemeth||Coastal Carolina||RS||So.|
|Katie Oleksak||Colorado State||S||Sr.|
|Jonni Parker||Penn State||RS||So.|
|Karlie Taylor||Northern Iowa||OH||Sr.|
|Layne Van Buskirk||Pittsburgh||MB||Sr.|
|Taylor Wolf||Wisconsin-Green Bay||RS||Jr.|