Juniata\'s Thomas, Kozak, and Sollenberger named to AVCA All-America teams
(Posted November 13, 2007)
HUNTINGDON, Pa. -Three Juniata College women\'s volleyball players, including two first-time selections, were named to the 27th annual American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America teams, which were released Tuesday. Junior outside hitter Amber Thomas (Ephrata, Pa./Conestoga Valley) is a First team All-America selection for the second year in a row, and is one of three three-time honorees on this year\'s All-America squads. She leads the Eagles with 485 kills (4.37 per game) with 306 digs (2.76). Junior setter Beth Kozak (Huntingdon, Pa./Huntingdon Area) earned her first appearance on the AVCA All-America squad as a Second team selection. Kozak has 1,230 assists (12.81 per game) this season, with 265 digs (2.76 per game), 39 blocks (0.41 per game) and 22 service aces. Sophomore libero Megan Sollenberger (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) was named a Third team All-American in her first selection to the AVCA All-America teams. Sollenberger leads the Eagles with 789 digs (6.07 per game) this season, and needs just 53 more digs to set a new Juniata single season record. She also has a team-high 66 service aces this season, an average of 0.51 per game. Juniata is currently 36-4 heading into the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division III Women\'s Volleyball Championship. The Eagles will face Amherst College out of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) in a quarterfinal matchup on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 3:30 p.m. CT at Illinois Wesleyan University\'s Shirk Center in Bloomington, Ill. The AVCA will announce its 2007 Division III Player of the Year at the National Championship banquet in Bloomington on Wednesday, Nov. 14. -30-
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