SAINT LEO, Fla. – As the postseason volleyball awards begin to wrap up, the American Volleyball Coaches Association released their 2009 All-America teams on Tuesday night and the Lions tremendous 30-4 season saw Saint Leo take away three All-America honors as Emily Calderon-Reyes, Kaitlin McKenna and Michelle Nogueras all earned nods.

A second-team selection in her first year with the Lions, Calderon-Reyes added a serious threat at the pins for the Saint Leo attack. Among the conference leaders in kills per set, the Caguas, Puerto Rico native was a feature all around the court for the Lions.  Posting 3.18 kills per set she led SLU in three of seven team categories including total attacks and receptions and was third on the team in digs with 341, averaging almost three digs per set.  Her powerful jump-serve also proved to be a valuable threat to the Lions, notching 32 aces, her delivery earned Saint Leo important set wins on more than one occasion.

The other SLU second-teamer, McKenna is a junior from Farmington Hills, Mich. and was the focus in the middle for SLU and three-time winner of the SSC Player of the Week Award. She strung together an outstanding season, leading the Lions’ starters in attack average as she has flirted with .400 for the entire season, finishing at .377.  Finishing second on the team with 359 kills, the NCAA Hitting Percentage champ her freshman year, posted an average of 3.07 kills per set, good enough for 12th in the nation.

On the third team, Nogueras, a senior who was a third-team All America in 2008, played and started in every match this season. The native of Cayey, Puerto Rico assisted on nearly 1,300 attacks and averaged almost 11 assists per set.  She also managed to notch 175 kills and a .264 attack average.  The one-time AVCA National Player of the Year also ranked first on the team in service aces with 33.

The 2009 All-America selections were made by the AVCA Division II All-America Committee: Laurie Lokash, Slippery Rock University, chairperson; Mario Andaya, Central Washington University; Christy Benner, Wheeling Jesuit University; Todd Caughlin, St. Mary’s University; Shelton Collier, Wingate University; Debbie Hendricks, Metropolitan State College; ; Stephanie Radecki, University of North Alabama; Deanne Scanlon, Grand Valley State University and Gail Wasmus, New York Institute of Technology.

AVCA FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICA
Player, Institution, Pos., Yr., Ht., Hometown

Pamela Cartagena, Pittsburg State University, OH, Sr., 5-7, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Jane Chafeh, California State Univ., San Bernardino, OH, Jr., 5-11, Fontana, California
Elaine Chen, University of California, San Diego, S, Sr., 5-7, Walnut, California
Sara Hoffman, California State Univ., San Bernardino, S, Sr., 5-6, San Clemente, California
Maggie McNamara, Concordia University-St. Paul, S, Sr., 5-9, Zumbrota, Minnesota
Cheneta Morrison, University of Indianapolis, S, Jr., 5-8, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Alyssa Nelson, University of Minnesota-Duluth, MB, Jr., 5-11, Hayfield, Minnesota
Emily Palkert, Concordia University-St. Paul, MB, Jr., 5-11, Excelsior, Minnesota
Laura Prinsen, West Texas A&M University, RS, Sr., 5-9, Spring, Texas
Sylvia Schmidt, University of California, San Diego, OH, Sr., 5-11, Cupertino, California
Nikki Scott, University of Nebraska Kearney, MB, Sr., 6-2, Broken Bow, Nebraska
Meghan Sherman, University of Tampa, S, Jr., 5-10, Ponte Verda, Florida
Mary Slinger, Concordia University-St. Paul, Lib., Jr., 5-8, Faribault, Minnesota
Melissa Vanderhall, University of Tampa, OH, Jr., 5-9, Hempstead, New York

AVCA SECOND-TEAM ALL-AMERICA
Player, Institution, Pos., Yr., Ht., Hometown

Emily Calderon-Reyes, Saint Leo University, OH, Jr., 5-8, Caguas, Puerto Rico
Kaitlin McKenna, Saint Leo University, MB, Jr., 6-0, Farmington Hills, Michigan

Megan Carlson, Concordia University-St. Paul, OH, So., 5-9, Andover, Minnesota
Kaleigh Cunningham, University of Tampa, OH, Jr., 5-10, Winter Park, Florida
Melissa Harper, West Texas A&M University, MB, Sr., 6-0, Peoria, Arizona
Jennifer Hefner, Wayne State College (Neb.), MB, Jr., 6-1, Archer, Nebraska
Sadie Kessler, Concordia University-St. Paul, RS, Sr., 5-9, St. Michael, Minnesota
Samantha Middleborn, California State Univ., San Bernardino, MB, So., 6-1, Rialto, California
Caitlin Pankratz, University of Central Missouri, S, Sr., 5-7, Buhler, Kansas
Katie Rickwartz, West Texas A&M University, S, Sr., 5-9, Canyon, Texas
Stephanie Sagat, Lewis University, OH, Sr., 5-9, Darien, Illinois
Arica Shepard, Emporia State University, OH, Sr., 5-9, Rossville, Kansas
Makenzie Snyder, California State University, Chico, OH, Sr., 5-9, Placerville, California
Ellen Thommes, University of Nebraska at Omaha, MB, Sr., 6-0, Omaha, Nebraska

AVCA THIRD-TEAM ALL-AMERICA
Player, Institution, Pos., Yr., Ht., Hometown

Michelle Nogueras, Saint Leo University, S, Sr., 5-8, Cayey, Puerto Rico
Lydee Benoit, Eckerd College, OH, Sr., 5-9, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Devon Crotteau, Montana State University Billings, OH, Sr., 6-0, Casper, Wyoming
Ashlee Crowder, Hillsdale College, OH, So., 5-11, Jenison, Michigan
Renata da Silva, California University of Pennsylvania, S, Sr., 5-8, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Devin Diedrich, Southwest Minnesota State University, MB, So., 6-0, Braham, Minnesota
Stormi Gale, Wingate University, MB, Jr., 6-0, Richmond, Texas
Patricia Gandolfo, University of West Florida, MB, Sr., 6-3, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Kate Hampson, Washburn University, S, Sr., 5-7, Fort Collins, Colorado
Alison Jacobs, University of North Alabama, S, Sr., 5-9, Elkhorn, Nebraska
Bri Morley, Metropolitan State College of Denver, OH, So., 5-9, Parker, Colorado
Keala Peterson, Sonoma State University, OH, So., 6-0, Sebastopol, California
Maja Potpara, Dowling College, S, So., 6-0, Pljevlja, Montenegro
Kyleigh Turner, University of Indianapolis, Lib., Sr., 5-5, Muncie, Indiana