SMSU VOLLEYBALL: Four SMSU players earn AVCA All-American honors

LEXINGTON, Ky.- The American Volleyball Coaches’ Association (AVCA) announced on Tuesday that Southwest Minnesota State volleyball players, Taylor Reiss, Megan Larson, Brooke Borchardt and Kaylee Burmeister have earned All-American honors for their efforts during the 2017 season.

Reiss, a 5-foot-10, outside hitter from Taunton, was named first-team All-American after leading the Mustangs with 605 kills while hitting .305. She also had 363 digs, 73 total blocks and 24 service aces and was named the NSIC Player of the Year last month after leading the conference in both kills per set (4.9) and points per set (5.4) during conference play.

Reiss tied an NSIC tournament record last month with 31 kills in the Mustangs’ quarterfinal win over Upper Iowa and followed up by breaking the SMSU all-time single match record with 41 kills against Augustana in the NSIC semifinal round. She currently ranks second all-time in SMSU history with 4.67 kills per set and third all-time with 5.32 points per set. She moved into the top-10 in SMSU history in career kills earlier this season where she currently sits in seventh place with 1,472 kills and a career attack percentage of .312.

Megan Larson, the Mustangs’ all-time leader in career assists, assists per set and service attempts, was named second-team All-American and finished the season as the NCAA active leader in career assists and averaged 12.45 assists per set as a senior for SMSU. Larson, was also named first-team NSIC for a second consecutive season and ranks third in the country in assists (1,463) and assists per set (12.40). Larson averaged a career high .69 kills per set for SMSU during her senior season and had a career high seven blocks and six block assists against North Alabama back on Sept. 1.

Brooke Borchardt, a senior middle blocker from Zimmerman was named honorable mention All-American, finished second on the team with 92 total blocks and led SMSU with 17 solo blocks this season. She averaged .79 blocks per set and finished with 305 kills and a .367 hitting percentage for the year. Borchardt finished the fourth highest attack percentage (.375) for a single season in SMSU history and finished fourth in the NSIC with a .385 hitting percentage in conference matches.

Kaylee Burmeister, a junior outside hitter from Lakefield was also named honorable mention All-American after finishing with 3.17 kills/set and 3.18 digs/set. Burmeister had double-digit kills in 20 different matches this season including two 20-plus kills performances. Burmeister, who also received All-NSIC and All-Region honors, had 22 kills and 20 digs in the semifinal round of the Mustangs NSIC Tournament Championship run.

Exactly 13 of the athletes honored on the AVCA All-America teams in 2017 have received the award multiple times. Headlining this year’s selections are a trio of three-time All-Americans: California Baptist’s Lauren Hackett, Tarleton State’s Hailey Roberts, and Lewis’ Aly Schneider.

The 2017 All-America selections, the 36th annual All-America teams, were made by the AVCA Division II All-America Committee: Flip Piontek, Central Missouri, chairperson; Laurie Lokash, Slippery Rock; Kristy Bayer, Arkansas Tech; John Titus, Caldwell; Wick Colchagoff, Findlay; Sam Cibrone, Saint Leo; Chuck Waddington, Angelo State; Heather Vahjen, Erskine; Chris Green, Alaska Anchorage.

Content courtesy of SMSU Athletic Communications