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Black, Miller, Sawatzky Earn All-Region Honors

December 06, 2011
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M senior outside hitter Kelsey Black and junior middle blocker Lindsey Miller were named to the 2011 American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Central Region first team, and Aggie sophomore setter Allie Sawatzky received all-region honorable mention, the AVCA announced today.

Black, a two-year starter on the outside and a team captain from Amarillo, Texas, makes her first appearance on the all-region team after leading the Aggies and ranking in the top 10 in the Big 12 Conference in kills (3.26), aces (0.25), digs (3.29) and points (3.80) per set this past season. She was a unanimous selection on the All-Big 12 First Team and a three-time tournament MVP selection in 2011.

Black led or tied for the A&M lead in kills in 18 of 31 matches, posting double-digit kills in 22 matches and double-figure digs in 23 contests. In addition, she tallied an A&M-leading 18 double-doubles this past season and surpassed both 1,000 digs and 1,000 points in her four-year career.

Miller (Katy, Texas), who has started every match in her three-year career, led the Aggies and ranks fourth in the Big 12 and 52nd in the nation with 1.19 blocks per set for the full season. The All-Big 12 first-team selection also led A&M and is listed ninth in the league with a .328 hitting percentage.

A two-time all-tournament selection, Miller took team-high honors in blocks in 25 of 31 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 was the most by a Big 12 player in a three-set conference match this season and ties for the most by a Big 12 player in all three-set matches this year.

Sawatzky, a 6-2 attacking setter from St. Andrews, Manitoba, Canada, received all-region honorable mention after directing an A&M offense that ranks second in the Big 12 and 40th in the country with 13.84 kills per set. The lefty also orchestrated an offense that ranked third in the league and is 44th in the nation with 12.84 assists per set, as well as 51st in the nation and fourth in the league with a .240 hitting percentage.

While directing A&M's balanced offense, Sawatzky herself averaged 10.23 assists and 1.52 kills per set. She recorded two triple-doubles (assists, kills, digs) this season -- vs. Baylor, Sept. 28 and at Oklahoma Nov. 19 -- becoming the first A&M player with a triple double since the 25-point scoring format went into effect in 2008 and the first player with a triple double since 2004. Her 60 assists against Oklahoma on Oct. 12 are the most by an A&M player in a single match since Kristen Schevikhoven had 60 in a 3-1 win at Colorado on Nov. 21, 2007, using the 30-point scoring format.

The Aggies received a No. 16 seed in the 64-team NCAA Championship field and finished the year 23-8 after advancing to the second round. The 23 victories are the most by an A&M team since the Aggies went 23-10 in 2003.

In addition, A&M went 11-5 in its final year as a member of the Big 12 Conference and placed third, the Aggies' highest finish since a third-place tie in 2004.

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