SMSU VOLLEYBALL: Reiss named AVCA Division II First-Team All-America

Independent file photo SMSU’s Taylor Reiss goes up for a kill during their Oct. 19 match against Minnesota State University Moorhead.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Southwest Minnesota State University senior Taylor Reiss was named to the 37th annual American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America teams for NCAA Division II, which was announced on Tuesday morning.

12 athletes honored on the AVCA All-America teams have received this award in the past with Reiss leading this year’s selections as the lone recipient in this class to garner AVCA All-American honors three times.

Reiss, an outside hitter from Taunton, and the 2017 AVCA National Player of the Year, closed her outstanding senior season leading SMSU in kills (664), while hitting .306 (664-151-1,676) with 394 digs, 69 blocks and 34 service aces.

Reiss, who was named the Conference Commissioner’s Association (CCA) Region Player of the Year and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Year earlier this month, currently ranks first in the latest (Nov. 17) Division II national statistics in kills, points per set (6.42) and kills per set (5.72), while ranking second in attacks per set (14.45) and third in total attacks with 1,676.

Reiss finished her four-year career ranking second in team history in kills (2,146), second in kills per set (4.94), second in attempts (5,293), second in points (2,431.5) and ninth in hitting percentage (.309).

Reiss helped the Mustangs to a 23-9 overall record and another appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

2018 AVCA Division II

First-Team All-America

Name School Pos Year

Madison Brabham Texas A&M University- Kingsville S/RS Sr.

Maddy Bruder Northwest Missouri State University OH Sr.

Alexis Cardoza Cal State San Bernardino OH So.

Jayann DeHoog Cal State San Bernardino S Sr.

Kasie Gilfert Colorado Mesa University MB RS-So.

Kristen Hamlin Cal Poly Pomona MB Sr.

Sarah Kelly# University of Minnesota Duluth MB Sr.

Haley Kramer^ Wheeling Jesuit University MB Jr.

Sara Macek Concordia University, St. Paul MB Jr.

Nicole Mattson# Florida Southern College OH Sr.

Katie McKiel University of Tampa OH So.

Abby Phelps# Western Washington University OH Sr.

Karli Reichert Rockhurst University OH Jr.

Taylor Reiss#* SMSU OH Sr.

2018 AVCA Division II Second-Team All-America

Name School Pos Year

Rachel Alles Wingate University S Jr.

Bria Barfnecht University of Sioux Falls RS Sr.

Molly Burkhardt Palm Beach Atlantic University S Sr.

Megi Buvinic Barry University OH Jr.

Allyson Cappel Ferris State University OH Jr.

Kayleigh Harper Western Washington University MB Jr.

Sorrel Houghton University of Tampa OH So.

Elizabeth Hyland^ Lewis University OH Sr.

Brooklyn Lewis^ Concordia University, St. Paul RS Sr.

Ellie McDonnell University of Nebraska at Kearney L Sr.

Elizabeth Mohr# Concordia University, St. Paul S Sr.

Stephanie Sylvester@ Wheeling Jesuit University S Jr.

Emily Torve University of Minnesota Duluth S Jr.

Megan Treanor Dixie State University RS So.

2018 AVCA Division II Third-Team All-America

Name School Pos Year

Sierra Bauder Biola University MB Sr.

Bethany Besancenez@ Florida Southern College S Sr.

Brette Boesel Western Washington University S Sr.

Olivia Ghormley Michigan Technological University OH So.

Phoebe Havenaar Wingate University MB Sr.

Nikki Kennedy# Regis University MB Jr.

Hannah McManus Tarleton State University MB Sr.

Cassie Meyer Wheeling Jesuit University OH So.

Morgan Olson Minnesota State University, Mankato RS Jr.

Audren Rose Barry University L Jr.

Drew Stokes Colorado School of Mines S Fr.

Paige VanderWall^ Hillsdale College RS Sr.

Chase Wassel Holy Family University OH Sr.

Alyssa Woodman Rockhurst University OH Jr.

# 2017 First-Team All-America Selection

^ 2017 Second-Team All-America Selection

@ 2017 Third-Team All-America Selection

* 2016 First-Team All-America Selection

% 2016 Second-Team All-America Selection

& 2016 Third-Team All-America Selection

? 2015 Second-Team All-America Selection

$ 2015 Third-Team All-America Selection

Content courtesy

of SMSU Athletic



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