Two Four-Time Honorees Highlight Three Washington University Volleyball AVCA All-Americans
St. Louis, Mo., November 15, 2012 – Three student-athletes from Washington University in St. Louis were among the 2012 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III All-America honorees, including two four-time All-Americans for the Bears, as announced by the Association.
Senior setter Marilee Fisher and senior libero Kelly Pang each earned their fourth All-America accolades, while senior outside hitter Drew Hargrave was recognized for the third time in her career. Fisher and Pang are just the second and third players in school history to earn All-America honors all four years of their careers. Jennifer Martz (1995-98) was the only other player to do so.
Fisher was selected to the All-America first team for the third-straight season after earning second-team honors in 2009. She was a four-time AVCA All-Region honoree and also received all-University Athletic Association (UAA) first-team honors for the third-straight season in 2012. Fisher finished her career with 4,475 assists, which ranks fourth on Washington University’s all-time list. This season, she averaged 9.60 assists per set and was second on the team with 30 service aces, while ranking third with 201 digs.
Pang received third-team All-America honors after being a first-team All-American in 2009 and 2010, and a second-team honoree in 2011. She was a four-time AVCA All-Region selection and the first player in Washington University history to garner first-team all-UAA honors all four seasons of her career. Pang finished her career as Washington University’s all-time career digs leader (2,520). She finished 2012 with 674 digs, the second-highest single-season mark in school history, behind her own school record of 702 set in 2009. Pang also ranks fifth and eighth on the Washington U. single-season digs list. She broke her own single-match digs record (47) Oct. 13 against University of Chicago. She led the Bears with 5.86 digs per set and 43 service aces this season, while posting a .967 serve reception percentage with just 23 errors in 692 attempts. Pang was selected as the UAA Volleyball Defensive Athlete of the Week seven times in 2012.
Hargrave was named to the All-America honorable mention team after earning third-team recognition in 2011 and honorable mention accolades in 2010. She received AVCA All-Region honors for the third year in a row and was also selected to the all-UAA first team in 2012. Hargrave led the Bears with 3.80 kills per set this season, finishing with 426 kills on 1,133 attacks. She became the 22nd player in school history to surpass 1,000 career kills in a win over Case Western Reserve University Sept. 30. Hargrave finished the season ranked fifth on Washington University’s all-time single-season attacks list (1,133), and ranked eighth on the Bears’ career attacks list (3,220). She was named the D3VB National Player of the Week Sept. 10 and received UAA Volleyball Offensive Athlete of the Week recognition four times in 2012.
Washington University ended the 2012 season with a 31-4 overall record. The Bears finished second in the UAA and advanced to the NCAA Division III Regional Championship for the 26th year in a row.