Huskies Land NCAA-Leading Four All-Americans
SEATTLE – Four Huskies were named to one of the three AVCA All-America teams today, the highest individual honor in collegiate volleyball. Washington's four selections were the most of any program in the NCAA this season, and the most in one season for UW since 2006.
Samantha Drechsel and Marin Grote both were named to the All-America Second Team today, while Ella May Powell and Claire Hoffman were named Third Team All-Americans. Each of the three All-America teams features fourteen players, giving UW four out of 42 players honored in 2021.
Powell is now a three-time All-American, while Drechsel and Hoffman earned their second-straight All-America honor, and Grote was named All-American for the first time in her career. Powell joins Courtney Thompson as the only three-time All-American Husky setters. Grote is the first Husky middle blocker to earn All-America honors since 2015.
The four players all set career-highs to lead UW to a second-straight Pac-12 title and an NCAA Round of 16 run, dropping a five-set heartbreaker at No. 2 Texas in the season finale.
The 2005 and 2006 seasons are the only other years that UW put four players on the top three teams. Five teams had three First, Second, or Third Team All-Americans this year: Texas, Louisville, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, and Nebraska. The Huskies had more than a third of all Pac-12 selections on the top-three teams, as the rest of the conference combined for seven.
Powell, the two-time Pac-12 Setter of the Year, has now been a Third Team All-American in 2019 and 2021 and a First Team selection in the postponed 2020 season. She set Washington to the highest attack percentage in the Pac-12 at .285, and the No. 11 mark in the NCAA. Powell ranked second in the Pac-12 averaging a career-high 10.78 assists per set.
The Fayetteville, Ark. native's 4,969 assists are now third all-time at Washington and 15th in Pac-12 history, and her 142 aces are tied for fifth at UW and 17th in Pac-12 history.
Hoffman, a Second Team All-American in the spring, boosted her production across the board, going from 3.31 kills in the spring and a .231 attack percentage, up to 3.75 kills per set and a .306 mark this fall. She finished third in the Pac-12 with a career-best 0.39 aces per set and now has 1,078 career kills and 104 career aces.
Senior opposite Samantha Drechsel made the All-America Second Team with another outstanding season. The Woodinville, Wash. native ranked second on Washington with 3.48 kills per set and hit a career-high .304 for the season, and in Pac-12 play she hit .327. Drechsel added 31 aces, averaged 2.12 digs per set, 0.57 blocks per set, and handled 342 serve-receptions as a six-rotation opposite. She became the first Husky in seven years to win AVCA National Player of the Week, and was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team for the Austin Region.
Marin Grote becomes the first Husky MB on the All-America team since Lianna Sybeldon in 2015. Grote hit a career-high .415 to lead the Pac-12 in attack percentage, with the sixth-highest single season mark in school history. The Burbank, Calif. native also ranked seventh in the Pac-12 with 1.05 blocks per set winning two Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week awards … named All-Pacific North Region for the second time and first All-Pac-12 Team selection.
Head Coach Keegan Cook has now coached twelve different Huskies to a total of eighteen All-America honors in his seven seasons. All-time, Washington has now had 31 individual players named All-America by the AVCA.