Setter Ashley Maher (SR-Hutchinson) has been chosen second-team All-America and libero Kaitlain Wachter (JR-Eagan/Eastview) has been chosen to the third-team All-America by the American Volleyball Coaches' Association (AVCA).
It's the first All-America award for either player. It's the Tommies' 10th volleyball All-America honor in the last nine seasons.
UST freshman middle blocker Kelly Foley was also named National Freshman of the Year among eight cadinates honored as regional top freshmen -- a first for a Tommie volleyball player. Foley was among 70 players chosen Honorable Mention All-America.
PHOTOS: Top to bottom, Ashley Maher, Kaitlain Wachter, Kelly Foley
Two other MIAC players made the elite honor teams, which included 43 total players on first, second or third teams -- Concordia-Moorhead seniors Katie Vohnoutka and Jenna Green were each selected as first-team All-America.
In her first season as a starter, Maher has notched 1,288 assists, to go along with 257 digs, and 25 service aces. In her final season as a Tommie, Maher helped lead the school to its second consecutive regional championship and a berth in the eight-team national meet. Maher also had made first-team Academic All-District with her 3.85 gpa in Business and Management, and is now on the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.
Watcher was named to the All-MIAC first-team and was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year in the MIAC. She currently sits at 680 digs and 22 aces on the season, and now has 2,149 career digs.
Foley has played in 35 matches thus far and has a team leading 442 kills, a kill per set rate of 3.65 and an attack percentage of .329. She also leads the team with 86 blocks.
The Tommies (32-4) open the national tournament in St. Louis with Friday's 5:30 p.m. match against Eastern (Pa.). They have won 19 of the last 20 matches after a promising defeat of Concordia-Moorhead in last Sunday's region championship match.
It's UST's second consecutive regional crown under Coach Thanh Pham. UST had lost all six previous region final matches in school history before breaking through in 2010. It's also the second year in a row that the Tommies lost in the MIAC playoff finals and avenged that defeat eight days later in the NCAA region final.
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