AVCA All-Region Honors Served Up For Three XU Volleyball Players

Abbey Bessler was named AVCA All-Region First Team and was tabbed East Region Rookie of the Year.

Abbey Bessler was named AVCA All-Region First Team and was tabbed East Region Rookie of the Year.

Dec. 10, 2013

CINCINNATI - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) placed Alex Smith, Aubree Smith and Abbey Bessler on the All-Region First Team and Bessler earned All-Region Rookie of the Year. The trio of Musketeers was previously named to the All-BIG EAST First Team.

Alex Smith (St. Louis, Mo./Cor Jesu), a senior, closed her career holding Xavier's all-time hitting percentage mark and matches played record. Smith's career hitting percentage of .356 is nearly 20 points above XU's previous record. She has also played in 140 matches, more than any player in program history. Her .414 hitting percentage this season ranks 14th in the country and set Xavier's single-season mark.

Aubree Smith (St. Louis, Mo./Cor Jesu) continues to move up Xavier's career charts as well. The junior divvied out 1,311 assists this season and has now dished out 3,665 assists, ranking fifth all-time. A three-year starter at setter, Aubree set career-highs in assists (1,311), kills (188), digs (340) and hitting percentage (.324).

Thanks to a tremendous freshman campaign, Bessler (Hebron, Ky./St. Henry) was selected to the first team and earned Rookie of the Year honors following a sensational campaign. She averaged 3.75 kills and 4.33 points per set, totals that rank 60th and 66th in the nation, respectively. Bessler closed the season with 454 kills and 380 digs.

This is the first time in program history in which Xavier placed three players on the all-region first team. In 2001, Sara Bachus and Molly Martin earned the distinction.

The three players join a short list of Musketeers to have earned AVCA All-Region First Team status. Sara Bachus (2000, 2001) and Stephanie Vorherr (2010, 2012) won the award twice, while Sarah Brown (2011), Molly Martin (2001) and Jill Quayle (2007) each won it once.



East Region

Name, School, Position, Year
Abbey Bessler, Xavier University, OH, Fr.
Kelli Browning**, Creighton University, MB, Jr.
Romana Kriskova, VCU, OH, So.
Kristyna Lindovska, American University, OH, Jr.
Ashley Neff***, Florida State University, MB, Sr.
Michelle Sicner, Creighton University, S, Jr.
Mo Simmons, Clemson University, OH, Sr.
Natalia Skiba, Northeastern University, L, Jr.
Alex Smith, Xavier University, MB, Sr.
Aubree Smith, Xavier University, S, Jr.

Erica Stahl, Butler University, MB, Jr.
Vendula Strakova, Hampton University, RS, Jr.
Elise Walch, Florida State University, RS, Sr.
Nicole Walch, Florida State University, OH, So.

Freshman of the Year: Abbey Bessler, Xavier, OH

Coach of the Year: Barry Goldberg, American

Honorable Mention

Name, School, Position, Year
Leah McNary, Creighton University, OH, Jr.
Morgan Peterson, Butler University, S, Sr.
Silvi Uattara, Syracuse University, OH, So.
Lauren Smith, Creighton University, MB, Fr.
Kendall Polan, Yale University, S, Sr.
Belle Obert, Butler University, OH, Jr.