Written by Chris Pendleton
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The United States Collegiate Athletic Association today announced its women's volleyball all-American and all-academic selections for the 2011 season honoring six members of the Southern Virginia University women's volleyball team.
Sophomore Tori Tuttle headlined the Southern Virginia selections as the 6-1 middle blocker from Kauai, Hawaii was selected to the USCAA all-American team after leading the Knights with 82 blocks during the regular season. Tuttle was also third on Southern Virginia's team in kills (167) and kills per game (2.14) in 26 matches this year.
Junior setter Nicole Gwynn (Hamilton, Mont.), who leads Southern Virginia in assists (586) and assists per game (7.51), and senior outside hitter Brynn McGinn (Bedford, Ind.), who leads the Knights in kills (214) and kills per game (2.46), each earned honorable mention all-American honors for their outstanding play this season.
McGinn was also named to the USCAA all-academic team along with three of her teammates—junior middle blocker Bryndy Christensen (Idaho Falls, Idaho), sophomore libero Shyanne Ison (Mt. Pleasant, Utah) and senior defensive specialist Becca McConaha (Twin Falls, Idaho).
Southern Virginia went 2-1 during Thursday's first round of pool play defeating both 7th seeded Lindenwood University-Belleville (25-19, 25-11) and 9th seeded Robert Morris University-Springfield (25-22, 25-21) in straight sets and falling in consecutive sets to top-seeded Florida College (9-25, 14-25).
Freshman outside hitter Camille Tua (Lehi, Utah) and Christensen each recorded a team-high seven kills in Southern Virginia's 2-0 win over Lindenwood-Belleville, while Gwynn led the Knights in assists (19), digs (5) and serving aces (2).
Tua had another outstanding match against Robert Morris-Springfield tallying nine kills in the straight-set victory, while Mcginn led the way in digs (7) and serving aces (2). Gwynn dished out a team-high 27 assists in the win.
Tuttle recored a team high four kills, while MGinn and Gwynn both had five digs in the loss to Florida.
Volleyball will face 3rd seeded Penn State-Fayette on Friday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. in the second round of pool play at the USCAA national championship.