Thirty-Two Named AVCA All-Region
Dec. 5, 2017


Thirty-two Big Ten volleyball standouts and a Big Ten coach were honored with American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Region honors as announced by the AVCA on Tuesday morning.

In addition, Minnesota's Stephanie Samedy and Wisconsin's Dana Rettke garnered AVCA North and Northeast Region Freshman of the Year honors, respectively. Nebraska's Kelly Hunter and Penn State's Simone Lee were named AVCA North and Northeast Region Player of the Year, respectively, while Penn State head coach Russ Rose was named the AVCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year.

Of the 32 players honored, a Big Ten record-setting 25 were first team selections in their respective regions while seven earned honorable mention nods.

NORTH REGION

First Name

Last Name

School

Pos.

Year

Symone

Abbott

Northwestern

OH

Sr.

Annika

Albrecht

Nebraska

OH

Sr.

Autumn

Bailey****

Michigan State

OH

RS-Sr.

Mikaela

Foecke***

Nebraska

OH

Jr.

Alyssa

Garvelink**

Michigan State

MB

Sr.

Alexis

Hart**

Minnesota

OH

So.

Briana

Holman****

Nebraska

MB

Sr.

Kelly

Hunter***

Nebraska

S

Sr.

Rachel

Minarick**

Michigan State

S

Sr.

Stephanie

Sameday

Minnesota

RS

Fr.

Samantha

Seliger-Swenson***

Minnesota

S

Jr.

Carly

Skjodt

Michigan

OH

Jr.

HONORABLE MENTION

First Name

Last Name

School

Pos.

Year

Claire

Kieffer-Wright

Michigan

MB

Sr.

Molly

Lohman

Minnesota

MB

Sr.

Holly

Toliver

Michigan State

RS

Sr.

Player of the Year: Kelly Hunter, Nebraska, S
Freshman of the Year: Stephanie Samedy, Minnesota, RS

NORTHEAST REGION

First Name

Last Name

School

Pos.

Year

Sherridan

Atkinson

Purdue

RS

RS-Jr.

Ali

Bastianelli**

Illinois

MB

Jr.

Danielle

Cuttino***

Purdue

MB/OH

Sr.

Ashley

Evans

Purdue

S

RS-Sr.

Ali

Frantti***

Penn State

OH

Sr.

Simone

Lee**

Penn State

OH

Sr.

Jordyn

Poulter**

Illinois

S

Jr.

Dana

Rettke

Wisconsin

MB

Fr.

Heidi

Thelen

Penn State

RS

Sr.

Haleigh

Washington***

Penn State

MB

Sr.

Ashley

Wenz

Ohio State

OH

Sr.

Kendall

White

Penn State

L

So.

Tionna

Williams**

Wisconsin

MB

Jr.

HONORABLE MENTION

First Name

Last Name

School

Pos.

Year

Abby

Detering

Penn State

S/H

Sr.

Sydney

Hilley

Wisconsin

S

Fr.

Luisa

Schirmer

Ohio State

OH

Sr.

Azariah

Stahl

Purdue

OH

Sr.

Player of the Year: Simone Lee, Penn State, OH
Freshman of the Year: Dana Rettke, Wisconsin, MB
Coach of the Year: Russ Rose, Penn State

AVCA DIVISION I NORTHEAST REGION COACH OF THE YEAR
Russ Rose, Penn State
2017 Record: 31-1, 19-1 Big Ten
Thirty-eighth season for Rose at Penn State...Shared the Big Ten Championship...Earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament...Advanced to the Round of 16 after defeating Howard then Pittsburgh in the NCAA Tournament...Took the top spot in the AVCA Coaches Poll on October 16th, and have remained there since...Mentored five players to AVCA All-Region accolades...His 13th AVCA Region Coach of the Year honor (1988, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2017).