Preseason Player Volleyball Awards

Preseason Player Volleyball Awards
in each Conference for 2017

Player volleyball awards: Female player passing the ballPlayer volleyball awards: Female player passing the ball

Preseason player volleyball awards for the Division I volleyball

conferences are announced in early August. 

The top women volleyball players are chosen by coaches of each

of the collegiate institutions participating in the conference. 

Preseason player volleyball award categories include

The award winners are who the league coaches consider to be the

best players, outstanding scorers, consistent diggers and standout

student athletes in the upcoming season.

The players are selected in each of the conferences found listed below

  • Metro Atlantic Athletic
  • Mid American
  • Mid Eastern Athletic
  • Missouri Valley
  • Mountain West
  • Northeast
  • Ohio Valley 
  • Pac 12
  • Patriot League
  • Southeastern
  • Southern
  • Southland 
  • Sun Belt
  • Summit League
  • Western Athletic 
  • West Coast

Preseason Player Awards: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Preseason Player of the Year

Skyler Day  Outside Hitter  Fairfield

Skyler Day, *Outside Hitter, Fairfield

Megan Theiller, Outside Hitter, Fairfield

Megan Fergus, Outside Hitter, Marist

Ashton Korona, Middle Hitter Marist

Elizabeth Kloos, Middle Hitter, Quinnipiac

Samantha Pethokoukis, Middle Hitter, Siena

Rylee Hunt, Libero, Niagara

Veronica Koval, Setter, Rider

Preseason Player Awards: Mid American Conference

Preseason East All-MAC Team

Cassie Shado, Buffalo

Kelsey Bittinger, Kent State

Challen Geraghty, Kent State

Maeve McDonald, Miami

Katie Tomasic, Miami

Jaime Kosiorek, Ohio

Ali Lake, Ohio

Preseason West All-MAC Team

Brooklyn Goodsel, Ball State

Jordan Bueter, Central Michigan

Meg Wolowicz, Northern Illinois

Maurissa Leonard, Toledo

Rachel Vidourek, Toledo

Sydney LeMay, Western Michigan

Preseason Player Awards: Mid Eastern Athletic Conference

Preseason Player of the Year

Khaila Donaldson, Howard

Name School Class Pos. Hometown

Alana Handy Bethune-Cookman So. OH Burlington, Wash.

Rakaya Neely Bethune-Cookman Sr. MB Lake Wales, Fla.

Nicole Abreu Florida A&M So. OH  Lima, Peru

Maria Yvette Garcia  Florida A&M  So.  OH  Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Valentina Carrasco Florida A&M Jr. L Lima, Peru

Khaila Donaldson Howard Sr. OH Vernon Hills, Ill.

Tamia Dockery Howard Jr. S Richmond, Texas

Preseason Player Awards: Missouri Valley Conference

Preseason Player Awards: Mountain West Conference

Preseason Player of the Year

Sierra Nobley, Sr., OH, Boise State

Player    Class    Position   Team

Sierra Nobley   Sr. OH Boise State

Maddi Osburn Sr. L Boise State

Sanja Cizmic Sr. OH Colorado State

Kirstie Hillyer R- So.MB Colorado State

Katie Oleksak So. S Colorado State

Alexandra Poletto Sr. MB Colorado State

Deja Harris Jr. MB San Diego State

Preseason Player Awards: Ohio Valley Conference

  • Arianna Person, Belmont*  
  • Ashley Slay, Austin Peay*                              
  • Taylor Joens, SIUE*                                       
  • Nikki Drost, Eastern Kentucky*                    
  • Kristen Stucker, Austin Peay*                         
  • Krissa Gearring, Southeast Missouri*      
  • Emma Price, Belmont*                       
  • Jemima Idemudia, UT Martin*                           
  • Brie Lewis, Belmont#                                         
  • Nzingha Clarke, Southeast Missouri#                
  • Mackenzie Rombach, Jacksonville State#           
  • Rachel Woody, Eastern Kentucky                      
  • Jackie Scott, SIUE#                                          
  • Julia Pierson, Tennessee State     

Preseason Player Awards: Pac 12 Conference

Preseason Player of the Year:

Washington Courtney Schwan 

All Conference Preseason Player Volleyball Team 

Taylor Agost, OH,  Senior,  Washington

Adora Anae, OH, Senior, Utah

Reily Buechler, OH, Senior, UCLA

Crissy Jones, OH, Senior, Washington

Audrianna Fitzmorris, MB, Sophomore, Stanford

Morgan Hentz, DS, Sophomore, Stanford

Khalia Lanier, OH, Sophomore, USC

Merete Luts, MB, Redshirt-Senior, Stanford

Mary Kate Marshall, OH, Senior, Oregon State

Kathryn Plummer, O/S, Sophomore, Stanford

Courtney Schwan, OH, Senior, Washington

Ronika Stone, MB, Sophomore, Oregon

Bailey Tanner, Setter, Senior, Washington

Lindsey Vander Weide, Junior, Oregon

  • Eight of the 14 players named to the 2016 All-Pac-12 team return for

2017, including UW’s Schwan, who was tabbed the 2016 Pac-12 Player of

the Year.

Preseason Player Awards: Patriot League

Patriot League Volleyball Preseason Player of the Year: 

Aleksandra Kazala, American

Volleyball Preseason All-League Team

  • Kennedy Etheridge, American (Jr., S)
  • Aleksandra Kazala, American (Jr., OH)
  • Vela McBride, American (So., MB)
  • Loren McKenzie, American (Sr., MB)
  • Carolyn Bockrath, Army (Sr., MB)
  • Jaelah Hutchison, Colgate (Jr., MB)
  • Patricia Mattingly, Navy (Jr., S)

Preseason Player Awards: Southeastern Conference

All Conference Preseason Player Volleyball Team 

Pilar Victoria Arkansas Senior RS/OH

Rhamat Alhassan Florida Junior MB

Carli Snyder Florida Junior OH

Kaz Brown Kentucky Senior MB

Ashley Dusek Kentucky Senior DS

Leah Edmond Kentucky Sophomore OH

Melanie Crow Missouri Senior OH/RS

Alyssa Munlyn Missouri Junior MB

Mikayla Shields South Carolina RS/OH Sophomore

Kaitlyn Blake Texas A&M Junior MB/OPP

Preseason Player Awards: Southern Conference

Preseason Player Awards: Southland Conference

Preseason Player of the Year

Brittany Gilpin, Texas A&M CC, Senior, OH

All Conference Preseason Player Volleyball Team 

Brittany Gilpin, Texas A&M CC, Senior, OH

Bailey Banks, Houston Baptist, Senior, OH

Kristyn Nicholson, Texas A&M CC, Senior, Setter

Megan Nash, Central Arkansas, Senior, MB

Autumn Lockley, UIW, Junior OH

Jordyn Vaughn, Sam Houston State, Senior, OH

Brooke White, Sam Houston State, Senior, OH

Jacey Smith, Abilene Christian, Junior, OH

Madison Fitzsimmons, Texas A&M CC, Junior, MB

Taylor Cunningham, Sam Houston State, Junior, OH/MB

Blair Gillard, Houston Baptist, Senior, MB

Lexus Cain, Stephen F. Austin, Senior, Libero

Second Team

Bryaunea Hall, UIW, Senior, MB

Madeleine Doud, Texas A&M CC, Senior, MB

Ann Hollas, Stephen F. Austin, Sophomore, Setter

Jessica Wooten, Houston Baptist, Senior, OH

Haley Tippett, Central Arkansas, Junior, OH

Samantha Anderson, Central Arkansas, Junior, OH

Preseason Player Volleyball Awards: Sun Belt Conference

2017 Sun Belt Preseason Offensive Player of the Year

Leah Hardeman (Coastal Carolina, Sr., OH)

2017 Sun Belt Preseason Defensive Player of the Year

Kacey Leblanc (ULM, Sr., LIB/DS)

2017 Sun Belt Preseason Setter of the Year

Erin Hoppe (Texas State, Sr., S)

 Sun Belt Preseason Volleyball All-Conference Team

  • Emma Longley (Appalachian State, So., OH)
  • Kenzie Fields (Arkansas State, So., OH)
  • Carlisa May (Arkansas State, Jr., OH)
  • Jessica Uke (Arkansas State, Sr., MB)
  • Leah Hardeman (Coastal Carolina, Sr., OH)
  • Stacey Reilly (Louisiana, Sr., OH)
  • Jessica Bartczyszyn (Louisiana, Sr., S)
  • Kacey Leblanc (ULM, Sr., LIB/DS)
  • Qiana Cañete (UTA, Sr., OH)
  • Zhanelle Geathers (UTA, Jr., MB)
  • Erin Hoppe (Texas State, Sr., S)
  • Jaliyah Bolden (Texas State, Sr., MB)

Preseason Player Volleyball Awards: Summit League

No player awards announced. 

Preseason Player Volleyball Awards: Western Athletic Conference

Preseason Player of the Year: 

Bojana Mitrovic, UT Rio Grande Valley

2017 Preseason All-WAC Team 

Player  Yr.  Pos.  School

Jordan Abalos Sr. OH NM State

Briana Ainsworth Jr. S NM State

Tatyana Battle Jr. OH NM State

Madison Dennison Sr. MB Utah Valley

Alicia Harrington So. OH Kansas City

Sydney Haynes Sr. MB CSU Bakersfield

Ragni Steen Knudsen Jr. OH UT Rio Grande Valley

Katarina Marinkovic So. OH/RS Seattle U

Bojana Mitrovic Sr. RS UT Rio Grande Valley

Ariadnne Sierra Sr. L NM State

Sierra Starley Sr. S Utah Valley

Maja Stojanovic Jr. MB Seattle U

Sasha-Lee Thomas Sr. MB NM State

Lexi Thompson Sr. OH Utah Valley

Preseason Player Volleyball Awards: West Coast Conference

2017 All-WCC Preseason Volleyball Team

Name  Institution  Yr.  Pos. 

aity Edwards San Diego Jr. MB

Ashlyn Fleming Pacific So. MB

Kristen Gengenbacher San Diego Sr. S

Jasmine Gross Pepperdine So. MB

Lindsey Knudsen Saint Mary’s Jr. OH

Mary Lake BYU So. LIB

Kirsten Mead Santa Clara Sr. S

McKenna Miller BYU So. OH

Savannah Slattery Loyola Marymount So. OH

Hannah Troutman Portland Sr. OH

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