Abby Phelps Named First Team AVCA All-American

Dec. 6, 2017

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Western Washington University junior outside hitter Abby Phelps has been named an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) First Team All-American, while senior opposite Joellee Buckner and junior setter Brette Boesel have been named Honorable Mention All-Americans.

Phelps (Manson, WA/Chelan) is the seventh WWU player to earn First Team All-America honors from the AVCA in the 20-year history of the Vikings competing at the NCAA Division II level, and the first since libero Samantha Hutchinson in 2013. She is also just the second WWU outside hitter to be named a First Team All-American by the coaches association, joining Marlayna Geary in 2012.

A three-time First Team All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference selection and the 2017 GNAC Player of the Year, Phelps averaged 4.31 kills per set (466 total kills) and 4.81 digs per set (519 digs). She led all players in the GNAC with 25 double-doubles (kills/digs), including a string of 10 consecutive to end the season.

“The season that Abby had would not be complete if First Team All-American was not listed next to it,” said head coach Diane Flick-Williams. “She not only put up tremendous stats during the season, but she got better with each match and really carried us into the postseason. As good as she was on the court, she was equally, if not more impressive, off the court as a teammate and campus community member.”

During her junior season she became the fourth player in program history and 14th in GNAC history to join the 1,000-kill, 1,000-dig club for a career, finishing the year with 1,155 kills (7th in WWU history) and 1,378 digs (6th in WWU history). She will enter her senior season in 2018 among the all-time GNAC leaders in kills (26th) and digs (21st). Her 4.31 kills per set in 2017 established a WWU single-season record and 4.81 digs per set registered 17th in WWU history.

Boesel (Brewster, WA) led the GNAC and all West Region setters with 11.72 assists per set, and quarterbacked an offense that will finish in the top 20 in the nation with a .249 team hitting percentage. The junior tallied 12 double-doubles (assists-digs) and was a weapon on the service line with 24 aces. Boesel was a First Team All-GNAC selection, as well as being named First Team All-West Region by the AVCA and D2CCA.

“Brette had an outstanding season, running an efficient offense by distributing the ball to our hitters where they were put in the best spot to succeed,” said Flick-Williams. “It is often said that setters are not talked about when they are having a really good season, and that is the case with Brette. Her success led our team and her teammates to a great season.”

Boesel will head into her senior season with 2,929 career assists, 5th-best in WWU history and 18th all-time in the GNAC record book.

Buckner (Colville, WA) finished her career by earning Honorable Mention All-America honors, averaging 2.83 kills, 4.82 digs and 0.78 blocks. She was a three-time GNAC Player of the Week selection, winning two on offense and one on defense, and was a unanimous selection as First Team All-GNAC. The senior finished her career appearing in 123 matches to rank 11th in WWU history, and is also 4th with 1,473 career digs, 10th with 260 block assists, 15th with 275 total blocks and 19th with 861 kills.

“Joellee was a rock for us on the court all season and was one of the best all-around players in our league,” commented Flick-Williams. “Her calming presence on the court carried us through several matches when we really needed it. It was an honor to coach “Jo” over the last five years.”

The Vikings finished the season with a 27-4 overall record, advancing to the NCAA Division II West Regional Championship for the third consecutive season. WWU went 19-1 in GNAC play to win the eighth conference championship in the 17-year history of the league, and tied the conference record for league wins in a season. The 27 wins tied for 5th-most in program history.

Here are the WWU players that have earned All-America honors from the AVCA:

WWU’S AVCA ALL-AMERICANS

First Team

2002

Liz Bishop, S

2007

Courtney Schneider, L

2008

Angie Alvord, MB

2010

Allison Gotz, L

2012

Marlayna Geary, OH

2013

Samantha Hutchinson, L

2017

Abby Phelps, OH

Second Team

2003

Liz Bishop, S

2012

Samantha Hutchinson, L

2014

Samantha Hutchinson, L

Third Team

2006

Courtney Schneider, L

Honorable Mention

2003

Nicola Parker, L

2005

Courtney Schneider, L

2007

Jaime Anderson, OH

 

Tiana Roma, MB

2008

Allison Gotz, L

2013

Kayla Erickson, MB

2014

Kayla Erickson, MB

2015

Rachel Roeder, OH

2016

Abby Phelps, OH

 

Kayleigh Harper, MB

2017

Brette Boesel, S

 

Joellee Buckner, OPP

Phelps was one of three players from the Division II West Region to be named First Team All-America, joining California Baptist outside hitter Lauren Hackett and right side Madison Witt.
The 2017 All-America selections were made by the AVCA Division II All-America Committee members Flip Piontek (Central Missouri), Laurie Lokash (Slippery Rock), Kristy Bayer (Arkansas Tech), John Titus (Caldwell), Wick Colchagoff (Findlay), Sam Cibrone (Saint Leo), Chuck Waddington (Angelo State), Heather Vahjen (Erskine) and Chris Green (Alaska Anchorage).

AVCA DIVISION II ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM

Name

School

Pos.

Yr.

Abby Becker

 Lewis University

 S

 RS-Jr.

Taylor Bevis

 Central Oklahoma

 OH

 Jr.

Lexie Bradley

 North Alabama

 OH

 Sr.

Lauren Hackett

 California Baptist

 OH

 Sr.

Marina Hansen

 Colorado Mines

 S

 Sr.

Sarah Kelly

 Minnesota Duluth

 RS

 Jr.

Nikki Kennedy

 Regis University

 MB

 So.

Nicole Mattson

 Florida Southern

 OH

 Jr.

Elizabeth Mohr

 Concordia-St. Paul

 S

 Jr.

Abby Phelps

 Western Washington University

 OH

 Jr.

Taylor Reiss

 Southwest Minnesota State

 OH

 Jr.

Hailey Roberts

 Tarleton State

 OH

 Sr.

Aly Schneider

 Lewis

 MB

 Sr.

Madison Witt

 California Baptist

 RS

 Gr.

Complete AVCA Division II All-America Team

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