Senior setter Emily Foster has been chosen first-team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches' Association (AVCA). It's the third year in a row she was honored, and she becomes the first three-time volleyball All-American in conference history.
She's one of 14 players honored on the 2010 AVCA first team. She's also among six players to receive All-America distinction three years in a row. She was a first-team honoree in 2008 and a second-team selection in 2009.
UST senior outside Alesha Nelson was among 70 players chosen Honorable Mention All-America. Nelson has played in 104 career matches (362 sets) thus far and has 671 kills, 161 blocks and 161 digs. She hit .340 with 21 kills in three regional tournament wins last weekend.
Foster has 5,554 career assists in 133 career matches (482 sets) and recently became the St. Thomas career record holder and No. 2 on the all-time conference list. UST is 106-20 in her era, including a 53-4 mark against conference opponents.
PHOTOS: Above, Emily Foster; below, Alesha Nelson
Foster was chosen Most Outstanding Player at the Nov. 12-14 St. Paul regional after she led the Tommies to the school's first berth in the national finals in its 34-year volleyball history. She's been named first-team all-conference all four years and MIAC Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons. She was conference Rookie of the Year as a freshman and was an eight-time MIAC Setter/Libero of the Week.
The Tommies (31-6) open the national tournament in St. Louis with Friday's 12:30 p.m. match against Juniata (Pa.). They have won 26 of the last 29 matches after a 5-3 start. Their six defeats have come against teams that all won 28 or more matches.
Three other MIAC players made the second or third All-America teams -- Kim Smisek and Kelly Prunty of St. Olaf, and Katie Vohnoutka of Concordia-Moorhead.
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