Five Stephens Volleyball Players Earn AMC Postseason HonorsFreshman libero Tanya Avington becomes third Star in as many years to gain AMC honorable mention status
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Five members of the Stephens College volleyball team received postseason honors the American Midwest Conference announced on Saturday (Nov. 16). Freshman Tanya Avington headlined the awards by earning all-conference honorable mention, while a quartet of Stars earned spots on the AMC Academic All-Conference team.
Avington continues the line of Stephens volleyball players to be named All-AMC Honorable Mention, joining Megan Sheffield (2010, 2011) and Kelsie Byrd (2012). The libero from Houston, Texas had a spectacular debut season for the Stars. She reached double-figure digs 19 times, and successfully dug up 20+ attacks in four matches.
With her performance in the first two matches of 2013, Avington earned All-Tournament honors at the Missouri Valley College Viking Invitational. On the season, Avington registered a team-best 346 digs and had the third-most service aces (19). Within conference, the first-year libero stepped up her game ranking second among AMC schools in digs/set (3.5).
Representing Stephens College on the Academic All-Conference team were sophomores Madison Reale and Emily Manczuk, senior Jenna Zmyslony and graduate student Jessica McConnell.
Fifty-eight AMC volleyball players received the accolade, which recognizes student-athlete achievements in the classroom. In order to be eligible for the conference honor, student-athletes must be in at least their second term of attendance and have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0.
2013 AMC Volleyball All-Conference Team (PDF)
2013 AMC Academic All-Conference Recipients (Fall Sports)