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A&M Lands Three on All-Big 12 Volleyball Team

November 28, 2011
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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Texas A&M outside hitter Kelsey Black, middle blocker Lindsey Miller and right-side hitter Alisia Kastmo have been named to the 2011 All-Big 12 First Team, the conference office announced today.

Black, a senior from Amarillo, Texas, was a unanimous selection by the conference coaches to the 15-member first-team and is making her second consecutive appearance. The two-year starter and team captain leads the Aggies in kills and points per set and is ranked in the top 10 in the Big 12 in four categories, ranking fifth in aces (0.27), ninth in both kills (3.27) and points (3.82) and 10th in digs (3.33) per set for the full season. Black, a three-time tournament MVP selection this year, has posted double-digit kills in 20 of 29 matches and double-figure digs in 22 matches. In addition, she has tallied an A&M-leading 17 double-doubles.

Miller is making her first appearance on the All-Big 12 First Team after leading A&M and being ranked in the top six in the Big 12 in both blocks and hitting percentage. The 6-2 junior from Katy, Texas, is hitting .337 for the full season and is averaging 1.14 blocks per set. Miller finished conference play ranked third in the league with 1.27 blocks per set and sixth with a .342 hitting percentage in Big 12 matches only.

A two-time all-tournament selection during the pre-conference season, Miller has taken team-high honors in blocks in 23 of 29 matches and team-high honors in kills in five matches while posting double-digit kills in 14 contests. Her nine blocks in a sweep against Kansas State leads the conference for blocks in a three-set Big 12 match and ties for the most in all three-set matches. Earlier this month, Miller was named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team for the second consecutive year.

Kastmo, a 6-4 junior from Tyler, Texas, also receives All-Big 12 distinction for the first time in her career after finishing the regular season second among A&M starters with a .310 hitting percentage and 2.74 kills per set and third on the squad with 3.22 points per set. Kastmo has led or tied for the team lead in kills in nine matches and has posted double figures in kills in 15 matches. She is hitting .369 when posting 10 or more kills.

A two-time all-touranment selection during pre-conference play, Kastmo also was selected to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District 7 Second Team by CoSIDA and made her second consecutive appearance on the Academic All-Big 12 First Team.

A&M ties Iowa State and Texas for most members on the first team. It marks only the second time in Big 12 history that A&M has had as many as three players named to the first team and the first time since 1999 when Jenna Moscovic, Amber Woolsey and Summer Strickland were named to the first team and went on to lead the Aggies to their first NCAA Elite Eight appearance.

A&M is currently 22-7 and placed third in the Big 12 with an 11-5 mark. The Aggies received a No. 16 seed in the NCAA Volleyball Championship and have been selected to host first and second rounds. A&M faces Lipscomb (20-10) in the first round on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Reed Arena. Tickets are available for purchase at AggieAthletics.com or by calling 1-888-99-AGGIE.

The following is the complete list of 2011 All-Big 12 volleyball awards:

COACH OF THE YEAR: Jerritt Elliott, Texas           
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Bailey Webster, Texas                                   

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sallie McLaurin, Oklahoma           
LIBERO OF THE YEAR: Kristen Hahn, Iowa State                       
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Haley Eckerman, Texas^                       
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Carlee Rothelisberger, Oklahoma

ALL-BIG 12 FIRST  TEAM
Briana Tolbert, Baylor                                    6-3, Sr., MB, Houston Texas/Cypress Springs
Carly Jenson, Iowa State^                        5-11, Sr., OH, Omaha, Neb./Millard North
Alison Landwehr, Iowa State                        6-0, Jr., S, St. Louis, Mo./Parkway West
Jamie Straube,  Iowa State                        6-2, Jr., MB, Tecumseh, Neb./Johnson County Central
Kaitlynn Pelger, Kansas State                        6-2, So., MB, Olathe, Kan./Olathe South
Lisa Henning, Missouri^                        6-0, So., OH, Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs
Brianne Barker, Oklahoma^                        5-9, Sr., S, Amarillo, Texas/Amarillo
Suzy Boulavsky, Oklahoma                        6-1, Sr., OH/RS, Houston, Texas/Clear Brook
Rachael Adams, Texas^                        6-2, Sr., MB, Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame
Haley Eckerman, Texas^                        6-3, Fr., OH, Waterloo, Iowa/East
Bailey Webster, Texas^                        6-3, So., OH, Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls
Kelsey Black, Texas A&M^                        5-11, Sr., OH, Amarillo, Texas/Amarillo
Alisia Kastmo, Texas A&M                        6-4, Jr., RS/OPP, Tyler, Texas/All Saints Episcopal
Lindsey Miller, Texas A&M                        6-2, Jr., MB, Katy, Texas/Cinco Ranch
Amanda Dowdy, OH, Texas Tech            6-3, Sr., OH, Lexington, Texas/Lexington

HONORABLE MENTION

Caroline Jarmoc,Kansas                        6-2, So., MB, Calgary, Alberta, Canada/Springbank Community
Allison Mayfield, Kansas                         6-1, Sr., OH, Overland Park, Kan./St. Thomas Aquinas
Lilla Porubek, Kansas State                        6-1, So., OH, Budapest, Hungary
Molly Kreklow, Missouri                        6-3, So., S, Delano, Minn./Delano
Sallie McLaurin,Oklahoma                        6-2, So., MB, Midwest City, Okla./Carl Albert
Hannah Allison, Texas                         5-11, So., S, Siloam Springs, Ark./Siloam Springs
Khat Bell, Texas                                    6-1, Fr., MB, Mesquite, Texas/Noth Mesquite

^ Unanimous Selection
**Ties in voting created a 15-member First  Team and seven Honorable Mention members

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Adrianna Nora, Baylor                                    6-3, RS, Stillwater, Minn./Stillwater Area
Whitney Little, Missouri                        6-3, MB, Keller, Texas/Keller
Emily Wilson, Missouri                        6-2, OH, Omaha, Neb./Gross Catholic
Tara Dunn, Oklahoma^                        6-2, OH, Poth, Okla./Poth
Khat Bell, Texas^                                    6-1, MB, Mesquite, Texas/Noth Mesquite
Haley Eckerman, Texas^                        6-1, MB, Mesquite, Texas/Noth Mesquite

Texas A&M Concludes Regular Season Friday at Ole Miss
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