Dec. 14, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
For the first time in her career, outside hitter Jodi Purdy of the Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team was selected to the 2011 AVCA Division I Honorable Mention All-America Team, announced on Wednesday, by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). It's the first time in 22 years since a Cowgirl has been selected to the team. Darcy Cudaback earned Second Team All-America honors following the 1989 season.
It's the 31st annual AVCA Division I All-America Teams for women's volleyball. The awards will be presented Dec. 16, 2011, in San Antonio, Texas at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet presented by Zamst. The event is held in conjunction with the 2011 AVCA Convention.
Last week, Purdy along with eight others from the Mountain West were named to the AVCA All-West Region Team. During the 2011 MW Championships, she was selected to the All-Conference Team for the second year in a row while being named MW Freshman of the Year in 2009. Purdy was named to the preseason All-MW team and earned MW Player of the Week honors twice in 2011.
From Winterset, Iowa, Purdy started in all 32 matches for the Cowgirls, while playing in 120 sets during her junior campaign. She averaged a team leading 3.41 kills and 4.09 points, while adding 3.18 digs, which was second on the team. In conference matches, she averaged 3.17 kills, 3.17 digs and 3.72 points per set. She ranked third in points (4.09 pps), fourth in kills (3.42 kps), fifth in service aces (0.27 saps) and ninth in digs (3.20 dps), while in league matches she was fifth in kills (3.17 kps), seventh in points (3.72 pps) and ninth in digs (3.17 dps). She recorded double-figures in kill 22 times and digs 24 times, while recording 21 double-doubles.
Other honorees from the Mountain West include Megan Ploudre (CSU; Third Team), Katelyn Steffan (CSU; Third Team), Allison Buck (UNM; Honorable Mention), Andrea Hannasch (SDSU; Honorable Mention) and Ashley Rhoades (UNM; Honorable Mention)
The selections were made by the AVCA Division I All-America Committee: Santiago Restrepo, Oklahoma; Sherry Dunbar, Indiana; Lisa Seifert, Southern Methodist; Claire Lessinger, Southern Methodist; Jennifer Greeny, Washington State; Craig Skinner, Kentucky; Jeff Nelson, New Mexico; Tonya Johnson, Georgia Tech. The AVCA Awards Chair is Dayton head volleyball coach Kelly Sheffield.