WWU's Marlayna Geary named first-team AVCA All-American
Dec. 3, 2012
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University senior outside hitter Marlayna Geary (Tacoma/Bellarmine Prep) was a first-team selection and sophomore libero Samantha Hutchinson (University Place/Curtis) received second-team recognition on the 2012 American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division II All-America Team.
Geary is just the fifth WWU player to earn AVCA first-team honors and the first outside hitter. She ranked 14th nationally among NCAA II leaders in kills (4.12 average per set, 396 total) and 15th in points (4.72, 453.5).
Geary was a first-team AVCA and Daktronics West Region all-star and Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year. She led the league in kills and points as well as having a GNAC-best 18 double-doubles in kills and digs.
Geary finished her four-year career with 1,354 kills, second among WWU leaders and just 25 shy of the school record. Geary also had 983 digs, 10th all-time for the Vikings, falling17 short of becoming just the fourth WWU player to reach the 1,000 plateau in both categories.
Hutchinson was a first-team AVCA West Region all-star and a Daktronics second-team choice. She earned GNAC Defensive Player of the Year honors and was a first-team all-league pick.
Hutchinson ranked fifth nationally in digs (6.41, 615). She already IS eighth among WWU career leaders in that category with 1,077 in two seasons.
Geary and Hutchinson also were picked to the West Regional all-tournament team and each earned GNAC Player of the Week honors two times. Geary received MVP honors at both the Western Oregon and Sonoma State tournaments.
WWU, rated No.15 in the AVCA/NCAA II Coaches' Top 25 Poll, finished its season 24-4. The Vikings won the GNAC championship with a 16-2 record to earn an automatic berth at regionals where they reached the semifinals before losing the eventual champion Brigham Young Hawaii.
2012 AVCA Division II First-Team All-America
Name, School, Pos., Year Ying Chun Chen^ BYU-Hawaii, S, SO Shih Ting Chen BYU-Hawaii, OH SO Marlayna Geary Western Washington, OH, SR Cassie Haag* Concordia-St. Paul, MB, SR Lacy Hayes@ West Texas A&M, S SR Maddie Huth Angelo State, MB, JR Kristina Kerrigan Indianapolis, OH, SR Kayla Koenecke#& Concordia-St. Paul, RS, JR Amanda Konetchy#% Concordia-St. Paul, S, JR Kate Lange# Minnesota-Duluth, OH, JR Liz McGowan Nebraska-Kearney, L, SO Juliia Pakhomenko Northwood, OH, SO Danielle Selkridge#% Tampa, MB, SR Alex Woolsey Angelo State, S, SR
2012 AVCA Division II Second-Team All-America
Lindsay Biggs@ Eckerd, OH, JR Erin Dougherty West Texas A&M, MB, SR Ellie Duffy Concordia-St. Paul, OH, SR Autumn Duyn West Florida, OH, SO Emilee Gutzmer Southwest Minnesota St., S, FR Lauren Hagemeyer BYU-Hawaii, OH, SR Samantha Hutchinson Western Washington, L, SO Marquis Mora Cal. State-LA, MB, SR Mariela Quesada Palm Beach Atlantic, OH, SR Jenna Rouzee Nebraska-Kearney, S, SR Ali Skayhan Florida Southern, S, JR Erin Smith Central Washington, MB, JR Jackie Stabell@ Colorado School of Mines, OH, SR Melanie Wannamaker Colorado School of Mines, MB, JR
2012 AVCA Division II Third-Team All-America
Lauren Beville West Texas A&M, L, SR Meghan Binkerd Indianapolis, S, SO Meagan Burke Tampa, MB, SO Shelbi Goode Angelo State, MB/RS, JR Holly Hafemeyer Augustana, MB, JR Krista Haslag Missouri S&T, MH, FR Anna Hilton Wingate, RS, JR Krissi Kemper Western Oregon, MB, JR Ali McAlvany Eckerd, RS, SO Kristin Preach Grand Canyon,S, SR Holly Reschke Tampa, OH, JR Ashley Seal Armstrong, S/RS, SR Kelsey Stratman Rockhurst, MH, FR Taylor Sturms Colorado Christian, OH, FR
# 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
2012 AVCA Division II Honorable Mention All-America
Becca Acevedo Palm Beach Atlantic, S, SO Mollie Arnold Harding, OH, JR Brooke Burmeister Southwest Minnesota St., OH, SR Shelby Cable NYIT, OH, JR Keidy Candelaria New Haven, OH, SR Amber Cannady New Haven, MB, JR Amy Choi Lewis, L, JR Dianna Craine Flagler, OH, SR Gabby Fernandez Florida Southern, OPP, SO Jessica Fey Washburn, MB, SR Mary Groth Southwest Minnesota St., MB, SR Lauren Grover Hillsdale, MH, SR Kristina Headrick Christian Brothers, L, FR Ashley Hinsch Minnesota-Duluth, S, FR Cori Hobbs Wayne State (NE), OH, JR Megan Hodges Rollins College, OH, JR Michelle Hundt St. Edward's, Lib, SR Camille Indest Rollins College, MB, JR Viktorija Jablonska Texas Woman's, RS, SR Amanda Jones Armstrong, OH, SR Ariel Krolikowski Nebraska-Kearney, OH, SR Jen Krumwiede Lewis, OH, SR Heidi Luks Arkansas-Fort Smith, MB, SR Bradye Peniston Central Missouri, MB, SR Jenna Pew Wheeling Jesuit, MB, JR Mackenzie Phelps Grand Canyon, L, SO Lauren Quijano Metro State, RS, SO Jessica Santaniello Armstrong, OH, JR Allyson Sather Sonoma State, OH, SR Haley Shackelford West Florida, OH, SR Megan Sharpe Truman, MB, SR Ying Shen Bridgeport, OH, SO Bethany Shepard Dowling, OH, SR Alex Shurtz Chico State, OH, JR Camille Smith Cal State San Bernardino, S, SR Anne Sutton Ferris State, MH, SR Danielle Taflinger Findlay, MB, JR Sable Villaescusa Chico State, S, SR Alissa Ware Wheeling Jesuit, OH, SR Brittany Wolf Armstrong, MH, SR Gao Xuan Lock Haven, OH, SR
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