WWU Libero Samantha Hutchinson is first-team AVCA All-American

WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM Samantha Hutchinson
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Samantha Hutchinson
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Dec. 11, 2013

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University libero Samantha Hutchinson (Jr., University Place/Curtis) was a first-team choice among the 2013 American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division II All-Americans announced Wednesday.

Receiving honorable mention was Viking middle blocker Kayla Erickson (Jr., Gig Harbor/Peninsula).

"Sam and Kayla are reaping the rewards of the hard work they put into the season and off-season," said WWU coach Diane Flick. "These awards are very well deserved and I am very proud of each of them."

Hutchinson, who was a second-team pick last year, ranked No.2 nationally in assists per set at 6.91. She has a three-year total of 1,671 digs, which ranks third among WWU career leaders.

Erickson had a season attack percentage of 38.0, which ranked seventh nationally and was the fourth-highest in school history. She averaged 3.65 kills per set, 1.18 blocks and 4.39 points, all team-leading figures.

Erickson is on WWU career record pace in hitting at 36.0 percent and has three-year career totals of 657 kills and 232 blocks.

Earlier, Hutchinson was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year and Erickson was tabbed the conference Player of the Year. They also were both first-team AVCA West Region all-stars.

WWU finished 23-4 and reached the first round of the West Regional. The Vikings earned an automatic regional berth by for the second straight year by winning the GNAC championship.

2013 AVCA NCAA DIV. II ALL-AMERICA VOLLEYBALL TEAM

FIRST TEAM

Marissa Cox, Washburn, RS, Jr. Danielle Dahle, UC San Diego, OH, So. Taylor Goodness, Central Missouri, OH, Sr. Holly Hafemeyer, Augustana, MB, Sr. Anna Hilton, Wingate, RS, Sr. Samantha Hutchinson, Western Washington, L, Jr. Kayla Koenecke, Concordia St. Paul, RS, Sr. Amanda Konetchy, Concordia St. Paul, S, Sr. Kate Lange, Minnesota Duluth, OH, Sr. Brenna McIntosh, Cal State San Bernardino, MB, So. Juliia Pakhomenko, Northwood, OH, Sr. Caylie Seitz, Sonoma State, OH, So. Melanie Wannamaker, Colorado Mines, MB, Sr. Berkley Whaley, Tampa, OH, So.

SECOND TEAM

Julia Bates, Central Missouri, S, Sr. Meghan Binkerd, Indianapolis, S, Jr. Lindsay Homme, West Florida , MB, Sr. Camille Indest, Rollins College, MB, Sr. Laura Iwuchukwu, West Texas A&M, MB, Sr. Danielle Johnson-Hazlewood, Colorado Mines, S, So. Tori May, Cal State San Bernardino, MB, Jr. Lexi Potter, Wingate, MB, Jr. Julie Rainey, Minnesota Duluth, L, Jr. Annie Reilly, Central Missouri, L, So. Holly Reschke, Tampa, OH, Sr. Heather Schiller, Concordia St. Paul, MB, So. Kim Vertin, Lewis, OH, Jr. Katelynn Zanders, Alaska Anchorage, OH, So.

THIRD TEAM

Christina Alessi, Palm Beach Atlantic, RS, Sr. Brittany Anglemyer, Indianapolis, MB, Jr. Kelsey Chambers, Northern State, RS, So. Alysa Heath, Metro State, OH, Sr. Ashley Hinsch, Minnesota Duluth, S, So. Kristen Holmes, Armstrong Atlantic State, MB, Sr. Kelsey Hull, Sonoma State, RS, Jr. Marissa Lisenbee, Tampa, RS, So. Kaleigh Lound, Grand Valley State, MB, So. Jenna Pew, Wheeling Jesuit, MB/S, Sr. Morgan Rietzke, Rockhurst, OH, Fr. Jessica Santaniello, Armstrong Atlantic State, OH, Sr. Monica Turner, Minnesota Duluth, MB, So. Alanna Winfield, Colorado Mines, RS, Fr.

09/23/2014

Flick hits the mark