UW Earns Four AVCA All-America Honors
Dec. 16, 2009
LEXINGTON, Kent. - Four Husky volleyball players earned the ultimate individual honor today as the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) named them All-Americans. Senior Tamari Miyashiro and junior Kindra Carlson were voted to the Second Team, junior Jenna Hagglund made the Third Team, and sophomore Bianca Rowland earned honorable mention.
The four AVCA selections matches the most ever in Washington school history, tied with the 2005 and 2006 seasons. Miyashiro becomes the fourth three-time All-American in UW history, along with Jessica Swarbrick, Courtney Thompson, and four-time All-American Christal Morrison. It is the second-straight Third Team honor for Hagglund, and the first selection for Carlson and Rowland.
The All-America team is comprised of three 14-member groups plus honorable mentions. The selections were made by the AVCA Division I All-America Committee made up of nine head coaches from the different regions.
Miyashiro was a Second Team selection last season as well and a Third Team pick in 2007. She broke the Washington school record for digs in her final year, and wound up ninth in NCAA history with 2,382 digs. She also set the school record with 5.36 digs per set, the only Husky to average more than five digs every set for her career. The Kaneohe, Hawai'I native was the Volleyball Magazine National Defensive Player of the Year in 2007 and 2008, with this year's award yet to be given, and is one of four Huskies ever named to the All-Pac-10 Team for three straight years. Miyashiro is one of just two liberos named to any of the three teams.
Hagglund is now a back-to-back All-American, named to the Third Team once again. She is the third Husky setter to earn multiple All-America honors, joining Thompson (2004-06) and Melinda Beckenhauer (1988-89). Eight setters total made one of the top-three All-America teams. The junior from West Chester, Ohio directed the Pac-10's most balanced offense this year, as the Huskies hit a conference-best .288 with five players averaging more than two kills a set. Hagglund has moved up to second-place on UW's career assists charts with 3,996. She averaged 11.30 assists this year and upped that number to 12.12 in Pac-10 matches. She also averaged 2.09 digs per set and had 10 double-doubles.
Carlson, an outside hitter from Eaton, Colo., earns her first All-America honor, completing a sweep of postseason honors that included her first career All-Region and All-Pac-10 awards. She is one of just four right side/opposite hitters voted to any of the three teams. Carlson led Washington with a career-high 4.00 kills per set, and averaged 4.51 in Pac-10 play. In conference play, Carlson ranked fifth in the league with 5.21 points per set. She had double-digit kills in every Pac-10 match, and had a career-high 26 vs. California. She also had a career-high 184 digs this year and seven double-doubles.
Rowland, a sophomore from Lynnwood, Wash. broke the Washington school record for attack percentage, hitting .456, surpassing Swarbrick's .427 mark set just last year. Rowland was the only Pac-10 player to hit over .400 and ranked third in the nation at the end of the regular season. She averaged 2.42 kills per set and also led the team with 109 blocks. She joins Swarbrick (2006-08) and Alesha Deesing (2006) as All-America middle blockers over the past decade. She's the first honorable mention for UW since Candace Lee in 2004.