By Alysse Maynard, University of Mount Olive
The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) announced its selections for the 2017 College Division All-State Volleyball Team Tuesday. Fourteen student-athletes from seven North Carolina Division 2 & 3 universities and colleges were selected to the first and second teams.
Leading the way with four overall all-state honorees were Wingate University and Queens University of Charlotte. Wingate landed two ladies on the all-state first-team in teammates Anna Holmquist and Katie Bludau while one player from five other schools joined the two Bulldogs on the first team all-state.
Holmquist, a middle blocker from Lincoln, Nebraska, received unanimous votes as the leading middle for the all-state team as she helped lead the Bulldogs to a 27-4 record and the third round of the Southeast Regionals in the NCAA Tournament. She led the team in blocks recording nine solo and 78 assisted for 87 total blocks. Holmquist was second on the team with 251 kills averaging 2.85 per set while hitting an impressive .406 percent.
Makaylah Elliott of UNC Pembroke joined Holmquist as the other leading middle blocker to make the all-state first team. Elliott led the Braves in kills (232), points (312) and blocks (124) as she put up 12 solo and 112 assisted on the season. She averaged 2 kills per set as well as a 1.07 block average through a team-high 116 sets played.
The first outside hitter is Katie Bludau, a teammate of Holmquist from Wingate University. Bludau led the team with 406 kills averaging 4.23 kills per set for 451.5 points while coming in second with 22 service aces and fourth in blocks with 41. Bludau was one vote shy of earning a unanimous vote for the first team all-state.
Kaytlin Elkins of Barton College joins Elliott as the second outside hitter on the all-state first team. The freshman Bulldog helped her team win the Conference Carolinas Championship and make an appearance in the NCAA Tournament to cap a 23-8 season. Elkins tallied 464 kills to lead her team and was second in the conference. Her 4.42 kills per set put her at the top of both leaderboards and helped her earn a spot on the AVCA All-Southeast Region honorable team as well as the Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year honors.
A junior from Chicago, Ill., Mia Herrod was the lone representative of the Rams from Winston-Salem State University. The right side hitter tallied 276 kills which led both the team and conference while her average of 2.71 kills per set was good for second best on the team and third in the conference. Herrod earned All-CIAA first team honors as she helped her team win the CIAA Championship and earn a postseason berth in the NCAA Division 2 Atlantic Region quarterfinals.
Sydney Kunz was voted the states' top setter as she helped her Royals win the programs first South Atlantic Conference Championship since joining the league in 2013. Kunz ended the season with a plethora of awards and accolades to her name including making the AVCA Division 2 Southeast All-Region team as well as the D2CCA NCAA Division 2 All-Southeast Region Volleyball Team to name a few. Her 1,289 assists were a team high, second-best in the conference and placed her in the top-25 nationally in assists.
Rounding out the all-state first team is senior libero Carson Williams from William Peace University. Williams led the Peace Pacers with 749 digs to average 5.76 per set over 130 sets played. Williams was named Libero of the Year for the USA South Athletic Conference as well as being named to the First Team All-Conference and the First Team All-Conference East Division. She led the conference with her 749 digs, nearly 150 digs more than the second which helped Williams earn the Defensive Player of the Week honor three times throughout the season.
The NCCSIA All-State second team included a trio of Royals in Taylor Henry, Rebecca Cochran and Jessica Raines from Queens University. Phoebe Havenaar and Kori Adams from Wingate University joined their teammates Holmquist and Bludau in the all-state selections. Johmillet Berrios was the lone representative for the Wildcats on either all-state team and rounding out the all-state teams is the only repeat honoree in Angelica Acevedo from Barton College who made her first appearance last year.
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 College Division All-State Volleyball Teams
|MB||Anna Holmquist||Jr.||Wingate University||Lincoln, Neb.|
|MB||Makaylah Elliott||So.||UNC Pembroke||Charlotte, N.C.|
|OH||Katie Bludau||Sr.||Wingate University||Seabrook, Texas|
|OH||Kaytlin Elkins||Fr.||Barton College||Hope Mills, N.C.|
|RS||Mia Herrod||Jr.||Winston-Salem State University||Chicago, Ill.|
|S||Sydney Kunz||Sr.||Queens University of Charlotte||Germantown, Wis.|
|L/DS||Carson Williams||Sr.||William Peace University||Beulaville, N.C.|
|MB||Phoebe Havenaar||RSo.||Wingate University||Naperville, Ill.|
|MB||Taylor Henry||Jr.||Queens University of Charlotte||Kingsport, Tenn.|
|OH||Rebecca Cochran||Sr.||Queens University of Charlotte||Harrisburg, N.C.|
|OH||Johmillet Berrios||So.||Johnson & Wales Charlotte||Bayamón, Puerto Rico|
|RS||Jessica Raines||Sr.||Queens University of Charlotte||DeLand, Fla.|
|S||Angelica Acevedo %||Jr.||Barton College||Coamo, Puerto Rico|
|L/DS||Kori Adams||RJr.||Wingate University||Ayden, N.C.|
% - Named to the 2016 All-State Team