KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2018 Volleyball All-America Teams today in addition to coach of the year, player of the year and libero of the year awards. The winners are chosen by the NAIA Volleyball All-America Selection Committee. This committee is made up of NAIA-AVCA officers and the championship committee. Three teams are named, plus honorable mention.
For the fourth straight season Midland University’s Priscilla O’Dowd and Jessica Peters were honored by the NAIA. O’Dowd, a senior middle blocker, was named to the First Team while Peters, a senior setter, was named to the Third Team. The long-time teammate guided the Warriors to the national semifinals of the NAIA Volleyball National Championship last week.
“It has been an honor to have Jess and Priscilla in our volleyball program over the last four years,” commented head coach Paul Giesselmann. “To have a pair of four-year All-Americans in just remarkable. They have left an indelible mark on this program that will last long after we are gone. As talented as they were on the court, they work just as hard in the classroom. I’m really proud of them and they deserve all the recognition they get.”
This year in addition to helping guide the Warriors to one of their best seasons ever, they cemented their names in the Midland Volleyball record books. O’Dowd is the career leader in kills (1,776), block assists (507), and attack percentage (.393) and ranks 5th in solo blocks (79). Peters is 2nd in set assists (5,086), 2nd in attack percentage (.328), 6th in block assists (244) and 8th in digs (1,169).
Park University’s Nada Meawad was named Player of the Year while her coach Mike Talamantes was named Coach of the Year. Rebecca Lowden of Vanguard University was named Defender of the Year.