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2012 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball All-America Teams Announced

December 03, 2012
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By Travis Rae, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2012 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball All-America Teams, as selected by the NAIA Volleyball All-America Selection Committee.

Columbia (Mo.) senior setter Paula Ferreira has been named the 2012 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Player of the Year. Ferreira was the 2010 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Player of the Year recipient and is fifth person to win the award twice. She is the second two-timewinner from Columbia to win the award twice as Yang Zhe also won the award in 1997 and 1998. Ferreira was also the Tachikara National Championship Most Valuable Player.

Ferreira led Columbia to a runner-up finish at the 2012 national championship and a 42-2 overall record. The 5-9 native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, served as the key piece in the Cougars' 36-match winning streak before falling to Concordia (Calif.), 25-19, 20-25, 25-21, 25-19, in the title match. Ferreira finished the year first in the NAIA with 12.18 assists per set, first in aces with 82 and second in total assists with 1,766.

Columbia's Melinda Wyre-Washington was named the 2012 NAIA Coach of the Year after leading the Cougars to their eighth national title appearance in school history. Wyre-Washington also received the Coach of the Year award in 2004.
For the second-straight year the Coach of the Year and Player of the Year come from the same school. Concordia's (Calif.) Dan Fisher and Brooke Marino accomplished the feat last season.

National champion, Concordia landed senior Brooke Marino and junior Madison Ekis on the Tachikara-NAIA First Team All-America list, while junior Mi Le and sophomore Reanna Schelhaas on the second team All-America list.

Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball All-America Selections
First Team

Name Institution Pos Yr Hometown
Christine Douglas*^ Biola (Calif.) OH Sr. Cypress, Calif.
Amy Weststeyn^ Biola (Calif.) MH So. Visalia, Calif.
Elena Berroteran Columbia (Mo.) L Sr. Caracas, Venezuela
Kahoriz Feliz Columbia (Mo.) OH Jr. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Paula Ferreira$*^ Columbia (Mo.) S Sr. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Madison Ekis Concordia (Calif.) OH Jr. Phelan, Calif.
Brooke Marino*^ Concordia (Calif.) OH Sr. Mission Viejo, Calif.
Jordan Holcomb Embry-Riddle (Fla.) OH Sr. New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
Kendra Schwein Hastings (Neb.) OH Sr. Highland Ranch, Colo.
Kristine Egebrecht Indiana Wesleyan MH Jr. West Chicago, Ill.
Kristin Pressley*^ Oklahoma Baptist OH Jr. Mansfield, Texas
Vanja Joksic Texas at Brownsville MH So. Gornji Milanovic, Serbia
Danica Markovic*^ Texas at Brownsville OH Jr. Subolica, Serbia
Alicia Olson Viterbo (Wis.) OH So. Eau Claire, Wis.

Second Team
Name Institution Pos Yr Hometown
Jordan Broady Bellevue (Neb.) S Sr. Johnson, Neb.
Chelsee Arnitz Biola (Calif.) MH Jr. Yorba Linda,Calif.
Gracee Gallarda Biola (Calif.) S Jr. Yorba Linda, Calif.
Mi Le Concordia (Calif.) MH Jr. Yantai, China
Reanna Schelhaas Concordia (Calif.) MH So. Los Alamitos, Calif.
Susan Rollman*^ Doane (Neb.) MH Sr. Humphrey, Neb.
Devon Jensen*^ Grand View (Iowa) OH Sr. Underwood, Iowa
Shayna Schacher Hastings (Neb.) MH Jr. Grand Island, Neb.
Yui Iwase^ Indiana Wesleyan S Sr. Plano, Texas
Sarah Becker Jamestown (N.D.) MH Jr. Rochester, Minn.
Irene Ojukwu Lee (Tenn.) OH Jr. San Paulo, Brazil
Evia Prieditis Madonna (Mich.) S Jr. Milford, Mich.
Sam Dougherty The Masters, (Calif.) OH Jr. Madera,Calif.
Ana Guerra*^ Texas at Brownsville MH Jr. Sao Paulo, Brazil

Third Team
Name Institution Pos Yr Hometown
Taylor Martin Embry-Riddle (Fla.) OH Sr. Orange Park, Fla.
Adriana Vazquez^ Embry-Riddle (Fla.) S Sr. Orlando, Fla.
Kaley Lyons^ Evangel (Mo.) MH Sr. Springfield, Mo.
Fernanda Ferreira^ Freed Hardeman (Tenn.) OH Sr. Minas Gerais, Brazil
Rachel Eubanks Georgetown (Ky.) OH So. Cincinnati, Ohio
Haley Beardsley Hastings (Neb.) S Sr. Sterling, Colo.
Lauren Crump Indiana East S Sr. Indianapolis Ind.
Breezy Strete Indiana East MH Sr. Troy Ohio
Paula Martins Lee (Tenn.) MH Jr. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Molly Brewster MidAmeria Nazarene (Kan.) OH Sr. Lee's Summit, Mo.
Casey Gates Northwestern Ohio OH Jr. Jackson Center, Ohio
Sabra Clark Oklahoma Baptist S Sr. Andover, Kan.
Livia Caluori Point Park (Pa.) MH Sr. Uzwil Switzerland
Katie Flock Viterbo (Wis.) OH Sr. Sparta, Wis.

$- Denotes 2009 All-American
* - Denotes 2010 All-American
^ - Denotes 2011 All-American

Honorable Mention
Name Institution
Sashalee Wallen Bethel (Tenn.)
Taylor Fink Bryan (Tenn.)
Taylor DeGraaf Cal State San Marcos
Alyssa Foster Cal State San Marcos
Elli Graff Carroll (Mont.)
Torrey Hulsey College of Idaho
Jessica Peacock College of Idaho
Brooke Simpson Columbia (Mo.)
Lindsay Mangan Concordia (Ore.)
Emily Max Doane (Neb.)
Kayla Gesink Dordt (Iowa)
Brittany Woods Emmanuel (Ga.)
Caraline Maher Georgetown (Ky.)
Kadie Subbert Grand View (Iowa)
Kelsey VanUden Great Falls (Mont.)
Caitlin Burroughs Indiana East
Kelsey Cox Indiana Tech
Rae Brandes Indiana Wesleyan
Katie Lee Jamestown (N.D.)
Marija Zelenovic Lee (Tenn.)
Sarah Anderson Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Andrea Taylor Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Nastija Baranovska Madonna (Mich.)
Ashley Francis Marian (Ind.)
Josette Glatt Mayville State (N.D.)
Megan Hayes MidAmeria Nazarene (Kan.)
Linjun Ji MidAmeria Nazarene (Kan.)
Ally Krus Missouri Baptist
Tami Brown Northwest Christian (Ore.)
Kaitlin Floerchinger Northwestern (Iowa)
Chrissie Jeannin Ottawa (Kan.)
Lauren Purdy Park (Mo.)
Lindsey Oberacker Point Park (Pa.)
Desiree Aramburu Saint Xavier (Ill.)
Kelly Knudson Saint Xavier (Ill.)
Megan Haber Spring Hill (Ala.)
Taryn Nash Spring Hill (Ala.)
Ashley Richards St. Francis (Ill.)
Katie Vogts Tabor (Kan.)
Courtney Herschberger Taylor (Ind.)
Kaitlin Feddema Trinity Christian (Ill.)
Jessica Wiltjer Trinity Christian (Ill.)
Michelle Marques Texas at Brownsville
Jessica Neves Vanguard (Calif.)
Brandi Blessing Virginia Intermont (Va.)
Shahala Hawkins Wayland Baptist (Texas)
Candice Adema Westmont (Calif.)
Ciara Turner Westmont (Calif.)
Ingrid Mosquera Wiley (Texas)