COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M senior opposite hitter Alisia Kastmo (pronounced ah-LEE-see-ah COST-mo) was selected to the 2012 American Volleyball Coaches Association All-South Region first team, and A&M’s senior middle blocker Lindsey Miller and junior setter Allie Sawatzky (pronounced sah-WATT-ski) were named all-region honorable mention, the AVCA announced today.
Kastmo started every match and led the Aggies in kills (396), kills per set (3.54), points (449.5) and points per set (4.01) as Texas A&M went 25-6 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship. The Tyler, Texas, native proved to be A&M’s go-to-player, leading the team in kills in 17 matches. She posted double figures in kills in 24 of 31 matches -- including each of the last nine contests – and tallied 20 or more kills in a team-high four matches.
Kastmo, who ranks in the top nine in the Southeastern Conference in both kills and points per set, was named to the All-SEC first team last month after leading the Aggies to a 16-4 conference record, an SEC Western Division championship and a second place finish overall in A&M’s inaugural season in the league.
Miller finished her stellar-four career having started every match and leading Texas A&M in hitting percentage, blocks and blocks per set every year. This season Miller hit .363, which ranks sixth in the A&M all-time season records and currently ranks fourth in the SEC and 41st in the nation. She also ranks seventh in the conference with 1.06 blocks per set.
Miller, from Katy, Texas, garnered All-SEC first-team honors and capped the regular season by posting her 1,000th career kill and being named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week. Earlier this season, the team captain was named to the Texas A&M Invitational All-Tournament Team and was a candidate for the national Senior CLASS Award. She completed her collegiate career ranked third in the A&M all-time career records with 409 block assists, fifth with a .311 career hitting percentage and sixth with 462 total blocks.
Sawatzky, from St. Andrews, Manitoba, Canada, earned all-region honorable mention for the second consecutive year after directing an A&M offense that leads the SEC and is ranked in the top 15 in the nation for kills and assists per set. An All-SEC second team selection and a two-time all-tournament honoree in 2012, Sawatzky averaged 10.31 assists per set and led all SEC setters with 1.82 kills per set while hitting .274. She also averaged 2.03 digs per set and registered 11 double-doubles.
Like Miller, Sawatzky has started every match throughout her career and also received SEC Offensive Player of the Week laurels earlier this season. She will enter her senior campaign with 3,440 career assists, ranking third in the A&M career records.
The following is the complete 2012 AVCA All-South Region Team:
Roslandy Acosta University of Arkansas OH Sr.
Whitney Billings** University of Kentucky RS Jr.
Taylor Brauneis University of Florida S Jr.
Darcy Dorton College of Charleston OH Jr.
Lisa Henning University of Missouri RS Jr.
Alisia Kastmo Texas A&M University RS Sr.
Stephanie Klefot** University of Kentucky L Sr.
Chloe Mann University of Florida MB Jr.
Jasmine Norton University of Arkansas OH Sr.
Živa Recek University of Florida OH Fr.
Kelsey Robinson** University of Tennessee OH Jr.
Jordyn Skinner** Western Kentucky University OH Sr.
Melanie Stutsman*** Western Kentucky University S Jr.
Tangerine Wiggs University of Florida RS Sr.
Region Freshman of the Year: Živa Recek, Florida, OH
Honorable Mention: Megan Devine (East Tennessee State, OH, Jr.), Christine Hartmann (Kentucky, S, Sr.), Lindsey Miller (Texas A&M, MB, Sr.), Ellen Mullins (Tennessee, L, Jr.), Allie Sawatzky (Texas A&M, S, Jr.), Kate Van Dyke (Georgia Southern, S, Sr.)