NCCSIA Announces 2017 University Division All-State Women's Volleyball Teams

By Wendy Jones, Meredith College

The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) announced its selections for the 2017 University Division All-State Volleyball Team Tuesday. Thirteen student-athletes from three North Carolina universities were selected to the first and second teams.

The University of North Carolina-Charlotte and High Point each registered five players with three first-team honorees, and the remaining three competed at Western Carolina.

HPU's record season ended with the program's first NCAA tournament set victory, and first team outside hitter Haley Barnes collected her second All-State honor as a result. She led the Panthers with 350 kills, recording 3.21 kills and 2.99 digs per set. Charlotte's Janell Sparks earned her first NCCSIA honor with a first-team selection at outside hitter leading the 49ers with 373 kills this season.

Charlotte's Tatyana Thomas received a unanimous vote for a first team selection as a middle blocker and HPU Panther Molly Livingston earned first team honors as well. Thomas led the Conference-USA with 146 total blocks on 26 solos and 120 block assists for a leading average of 1.51 on the season. Junior Livingston led the Big South with 333 kills and a .376 hitting percentage from the middle, and she ranked fifth in the league with .92 blocks per set on 105 total blocks.

High Point's Katie Tylman earned a unanimous first-team selection at the right side, closing out her junior season ranked third in the Big South hitting .302 with 206 kills.

Jo-Leigh VerVelde earned her second All-State honor for the Catamounts as the team's leading setter and ranked sixth in the Southern Conference with 9.05 assists per set on 860 total assists. This year's leading defensive specialist, Yumi Garcia of Charlotte, earned a first-team selection as a sophomore with an impressive 5.76 digs per set and 617 total digs to lead Conference-USA.

The NCCSIA All-State second team included second-time honoree Katie O'Connor from Western Carolina, along with teammate Gabby Gray. Forty-niners Jocelyn Stoner and Sydney Rowan earned their first All-State selections, along with High Point's Jenna Smith and Abby Bottomley.

Nominees were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by the NCCSIA members.

Founded in 2002, NCCSIA is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The organization seeks to promote collegiate athletics and student-athletes at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.

NCCSIA selects All-State teams for men's and women's soccer, volleyball, men's and women's basketball, softball and baseball on the College (Division II, III, NAIA) and University (Division I) levels.

North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association
2017 University Division All-State Volleyball Teams

First Team

     

Pos.

Name

Class

School

Hometown

OH

Janell Sparks

Sr.

Charlotte

Tacoma, Wash.

OH

Haley Barnes &

Sr.

High Point University

Neenah, Wis.

MB

Tatyana Thomas

Sr.

Charlotte

Suffolk, Va.

MB

Molly Livingston

Jr.

High Point University

Sun Prairie, Wis.

RS

Katie Tylman

Jr.

High Point University

Charlotte, N.C.

S

Jo-Leigh VerVelde %

Sr.

Western Carolina University

Ootsburg, Wis.

L

Yumi Garcia

So.

Charlotte

Cerejeiras, Brazil

         

Second Team

     

Pos.

Name

Class

School

Hometown

OH

Sydney Rowan

Fr.

Charlotte

High Point, N.C.

OH

Gabby Gray

Fr.

Western Carolina University

Chickamauga, Ga.

MB

Katie O'Connor %

Sr.

Western Carolina University

Cartersville, Ga.

MB

Jocelyn Stoner

So.

Charlotte

Greensboro, N.C.

S

Jenna Smith

So.

High Point University

Winter Springs, Fla.

L

Abby Bottomley

Fr.

High Point University

Virginia Beach, Va.

% - Named to the 2016 All-State Team
& - Named to 2015 All-State Team