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Black, Miller Named Honorable Mention All-America

December 15, 2011
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - After receiving All-Central Region First-Team honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association last week, Texas A&M senior outside hitter Kelsey Black and junior middle blocker Lindsey Miller went on to be named Honorable Mention All-America by the AVCA.

It is the first All-America distinction for both players and A&M's first since Sarah Ammerman was named third-team All-American and Jennifer Banse received honorable mention accolades from the AVCA in 2009. Texas A&M players have now received a total of 12 All-America citations from the AVCA in the last 15 years under the direction of head coach Laurie Corbelli, who will be entering her 20th season at the helm of the Aggies in 2012.

Black, a two-year starter on the outside and a team captain from Amarillo, Texas, led the Aggies and ranked 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. She also recorded double-figure digs in 23 contests, including three 20-plus dig performances, and finished the season with an A&M-leading 18 double-doubles. Black surpassed both 1,000 digs and 1,000 points in her four-year career and came within 14 kills of reaching the 1,000-kill milestone.

Miller (Katy, Texas), who has started every match during her three-year career, led the Aggies, ranked third in the Big 12 and is currently 50th 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 ranked seventh in the league with a .328 hitting percentage.

In Big 12 matches only, the Cinco Ranch High School product hit .342 and averaged 1.27 blocks per set, ranking sixth and third, respectively, in the league statistics.

Miller was second among A&M players with 3.34 points per set and third with 2.62 kills per set in all matches this past season and led A&M with 3.61 points per set and was second with 2.83 kills per set in conference matches only.

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 tied for the most by a Big 12 player in all three-set matches this year.

Black and Miller helped lead the Aggies to one of their best seasons in recent history, as A&M finished the year 23-8 after advancing to the NCAA Championship 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.

 

Texas A&M All-Time AVCA All-Americans:

First Team

Amber Woolsey, 1999
Jenna Moscovic, 2001
Laura Jones, 2005

Second Team

Sherri Brinkman, 1984, '85
Stacy Sykora, 1997, '98
Melissa Munsch, 2003
Laura Jones, 2004

Third Team

Melissa Munsch, 2004
Sarah Ammerman, 2009

Honorable Mention

Jennifer Banse, 2009
Kelsey Black, 2011
Lindsey Miller, 2011

 

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