Three Musketeers Tabbed AVCA All-America Honorable Mention
Dec. 18, 2013
CINCINNATI - Three members of the Xavier University volleyball team were named to the AVCA All-America Honorable Mention team, Abbey Bessler, Alex Smith and Aubree Smith. Earlier this year the three women were also named to the AVCA All-Region First Team and All-BIG EAST Conference First Team. Bessler was also named AVCA East Region Rookie of the Year.
"First, I am so very proud of Alex, Aubree, and Abbey," said head coach Mike Johnson. "They have put in an incredible effort and this recognition further solidifies that determination and hard work yields results. To have three players honored is completely unprecedented.
"I have always said that these are team awards and to have coaches across the country appreciate the work being done is a great sign of how this program continues to grow. I give credit to every player, administrator, and coach who have given of themselves to this team. Again, I am very happy for these three and excited for the days ahead."
Throughout the first 37 years of the program's existence, only one player had earned All-America Honorable Mention status. In the last four seasons, all under Johnson's guidance as head coach, five Musketeers have won the award a total of six times. This is the also first time in the program's history where multiple Musketeers earned All-America Honorable Mention status in the same season.
Jill Quayle was the first Musketeer to be honored with the recognition. Quayle was named All-America Honorable Mention in 2007. Stephanie Vorherr was a two-time member of the team (2010, 2012) and Sarah Brown picked up the accolade in 2011.
Xavier went 21-11 this season and finished tied for second in the BIG EAST regular season. The Musketeers bowed out of the conference tournament in the semifinals.