|Freshman outside hitter Jordan Anderson goes for a kill against Baylor last season.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Freshman outside hitter Jordan Anderson
of the West Virginia University volleyball team was recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), receiving All-Midwest Region Honorable Mention Honors.
Anderson is the first Mountaineer to receive an AVCA All-Midwest Region distinction, and the first WVU player since Lisa Scott in 1988 to earn regional recognition. West Virginia previously was in the AVCA Northeast Region.
“I’m very excited for Jordan and for our team. We talk about team goals at the beginning of the season and those team goals include individuals on our team being recognized by the Big 12 Conference, Midwest Region and the All-American committee,” says coach Jill Kramer. “It’s really nice to see Jordan get rewarded for her performance as a dominant six-rotation outside hitter. This is an impressive accolade for our program that we can all build on.”
The AVCA recognizes 20 players from 10 different regions, and the recipients are voted on by a committee of coaches. Kramer is in her first year as a member of the committee.
Anderson, an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honoree and a member of the All-Big 12 Freshman Team, totaled 394 kills this season in 100 sets for a 3.94 kills per set average, while chipping in 256 digs. She recorded 11 double-doubles in 30 matches to lead the Mountaineers.
The Flower Mound, Texas, native finished second in the conference in kills per set, behind Big 12 Player of the Year Haley Eckerman of Texas.
Kansas coach Ray Bechard was named the Midwest Region’s Coach of the Year, while the Jayhawks’ freshman middle blocker Tayler Soucie earned the freshman of the year distinction in the region.
The Mountaineers finished 2013 with their first 20-win season since 1991.