Five NCAC Athletes Named to AVCA All-America Teams

Five NCAC Athletes Named to AVCA All-America Teams

AVCA All-America Teams

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced its 38th annual AVCA All-America teams for NCAA Division III Women’s Volleyball on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Five North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) players were selected to the teams. Wittenberg’s Aubrey Cox (Tipp City, Ohio/Tippecanoe) and Karen Wildemann (Columbus, Ind./North) were named to the second team while DePauw’s Suzanne Peters (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead) was named to the third team. Wittenberg also had Kennedey Schmidt (Englewood, Ohio/Northmont) and Taylor Yontz (Springfield, Ohio/Shawnee) named All-America Honorable Mention.

Wildemann appeared in 114 matches for the Tigers, recording 3,121 total assists, good enough for fourth all-time in the Wittenberg record books. Wildemann closed out the 2018 season with 893 assists, averaging 9.92 assists per set, while also adding 108 kills on 294 attempts. She was also named to the AVCA All-Great Lakes Region and is a three-time All-NCAC selection.

Cox returns to the All-America stage after earning Honorable Mention accolades during her freshman campaign, along with being named the Great Lakes Region Freshman of the Year. She is a three-time All-Great Lakes Region award winner and All-NCAC honoree. Cox has logged 640 total kills and 278 total blocks during her time as a member of the Red and White.

DePauw’s Peters has now been named to back-to-back All-America teams after receiving Honorable Mention honors a season ago. The All-American selection comes after Peters was already named to the Great Lakes Region and NCAC First Teams this season. She finishes her career as a Tiger with 1,438 kills, 999 digs and 130 blocks.

Schmidt collected All-American Honorable Mention honors after playing in 96 sets throughout Wittenberg's 28 matches this season. The senior middle hitter was named to the All-NCAC Second Team and the All-Great Lakes Region Team for the first time in her career. During her final season in Springfield, Schmidt tallied 226 kills on 536 attempts for a .312 hitting percentage. The Englewood, Ohio native closes out her career with 438 total kills and 175 blocks, along with a .292 attacking percentage.

Earning the 2018 NCAC Libero of the Year award, Yontz garnered All-NCAC honorable mention and All-Great Lakes Region accolades for the first time during her 2018 campaign. The Springfield native appeared in 97 sets throughout 28 matches en route to earning the Honorable Mention All-American award this season. Yontz tallied her second-straight 500+ dig season, leading the team with 564 digs and averaging 5.81 digs per set.