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2016 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball All-America Teams Announced

December 06, 2016
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By Nikki Sherrill, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2016 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball All-America Teams, chosen by the NAIA Volleyball All-America Selection Committee, Monday. This committee is made up of NAIA-AVCA officers and the championship committee. Three teams are named, plus honorable mention.

Park’s (Mo.) Wendy Romero has been named the Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball National Player of the Year. In 2014, Romero was named National Championship Most Valuable Player, as she led her Pirates to a national championship and undefeated season. This year, Park was knocked out in the national semifinals to eventual champion Hastings (Neb.), 3-1. Romero is the first Park player to be awarded the honor.

Romero ranks No. 1 in the NAIA in total kills (685), No. 2 in kills per set (5.2) and No. 6 in total service aces (78). In an early season win over Lourdes (Ohio), Romero recorded a career-high 35 kills. She garnered a career-high in digs (22) against Grand View (Iowa) during pool play in the national championship. Romero, who sat out last season due to injury, is now a two-time All-American.

Both the Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Libero and Coach of the Year come from the national champion Broncos, as Jill Bax and Matt Buttermore earn the honors for Hastings. Bax, a junior from Lincoln, Neb., has document 1,599 digs in her career at Hastings, including 530 this season. When serving, Bax has 83 service aces to her name. In the national championship match, Bax documented 22 digs to lead the defense for the Broncos on their way to the title.  Bax was named a second team All-American this season – her first honor in her career.

Head coach for the Broncos Matt Buttermore earns his first honor after he helped lead Hastings to its first national title in program history. Buttermore has amassed a 127-43 record in his five years with the Broncos. During two of those five seasons, Buttermore has captured thirty wins-or-more, including a 33-3 record this year.

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Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball National Player of the Year: Wendy Romero, Park (Mo.)

Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball National Libero of the Year: Jill Bax, Hastings (Neb.)

Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball National Coach of the Year: Matt Buttermore, Hastings (Neb.)

2016 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball All-American Teams

First Team Institution Pos. Yr. Hometown
Wendy Romero Park (Mo.) OH SR Cojedes, San Carlos, Venezuela
Logan Drueppel Hastings (Neb.) MH SR Schuyler, Neb.
Natalie Geidel Viterbo (Wis.) MH JR West Bend, Wis.
Brooke Granstra Dordt (Iowa) MH SR Sioux Center, Iowa
Makenzie Montana Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) S JR Louisville, Ky.
Libby Dahlberg Westmont (Calif.) MH SO Sacramento, Calif.
Amelia Grahn Viterbo (Wis.) S JR Madison, Wis.
Gisele Silva MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) OH SR Nova Lima, Brazil
Mallory Dillon Missouri Baptist OH SR St. Charles, Mo.
Peiyi Liu Columbia (Mo.) OPP JR Nanjing, China
Rachel Kater MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) S JR Wichita, Kan.
Jessica Peters Midland (Neb.) S SO Omaha, Neb.
Katie Placke Hastings (Neb.) OPP JR Grand Island, Neb.
Priscilla O'Dowd Midland (Neb.) MH SO Omaha, Neb.
         
Second Team Institution Pos. Yr. Hometown
Madison Squiers Bellevue (Neb.) S FR Kearney, Neb.
Rachelle Chamberlain Eastern Oregon S SR Challis, Idaho
Taylor Beckman Westmont (Calif.) OH JR lake Oswego, Ore.
Manon Soraru  Oklahoma City MH JR Mulhouse, France
Eloisa Sales Bethel (Tenn.) OH SR Brasilia, Brazil
Kendra Zwart Cornerstone (Mich.) MH SO Jenison, Mich.
Jenny Howell Georgetown (Ky.) OPP JR Cincinnati, Ohio
Sanja Vonjnovic Oklahoma City S JR Bajeljena, Bosnia
Grace Blomstedt Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) MH SO Red Oak, Iowa
Jamie Gesink Dordt (Iowa) S SO Sioux Center, Iowa
Adrienne Czaplewski Warner (Fla.) OH SR Winter Park (Fla.)
Kaitlin Bradley Doane (Neb.) OH SR Crete, Neb.
KC Heimann Midland (Neb.) OH SR Howells, Neb.
Jill Bax Hastings (Neb.) L JR Lincoln, Neb.
         
Third Team Institution Pos. Yr. Hometown
Annelise Rohrer Mt. Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) OH SR Hilliard, Ohio
Molly Shronk Lourdes (Ohio) OH SR Columbus, Ohio
Cristina Viera Peru State (Neb.) L JR Montevideo, Uruguay
Nicole Warren Jamestown (N.D.) L SR Oakes, N.D.
Taylor Wells Grand View (Iowa) OPP SR Des Moines, Iowa
Tena Loewen Tabor (Kan.) OH SR Hillsboro, Kan.
Kristina Medanovic Missouri Baptist MH JR Kraljevo, Serbia
Nikki McDaniel Webber International (Fla.) OH SR DeLand, Fla.
Ave Stout Lourdes (Ohio) MH SR Huntertown, Ind.
Jonni Dorr Carroll (Mont.) S SR Spokane, Wash.
Ema Altena Dordt (Iowa) OH SO Sioux Center, Iowa
Rachel Andrews Union (Ky.) OPP JR Louisville, Ky.
Amanda Miller Eastern Oregon OH JR Kennewick, Wash.
Cayley Meiners Coastal Georgia S SR Mackinaw, Ill.
Honorable Mention  
Remy Bucknor Indiana Wesleyan
Morgan Miller Indiana Wesleyan
Shiloh Simonson Point Park (Pa.)
Lindi Thomas IU Kokomo (Ind.)
Tori Mantel Trinity Christian (Ill.)
Karlie Kelly Madonna (Mich.)
Meghan Birr Lourdes (Ohio)
Leah Alles St. Francis (Ill.)
Taylor Kelso Indiana Tech
Hope Leppink Cornerstone (Mich.)
Ashley McClintock IU South Bend
Heather Green Cornerstone (Mich.)
Maja Krstonosic Missouri Valley
Taylor Cowan MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)
Courtney Twit Grand View (Iowa)
Caterina Cigarini Missouri Baptist
Sashiko Heredia Columbia (Mo.)
Brittney Engelbrecht William Woods (Mo.)
Shayla Scanlan Bellevue (Neb.)
Baylee Gross Viterbo (Wis.)
Morgan Hensch Jamestown (N.D.)
Siera Skow Viterbo (Wis.)
Mikaylah Gillsepie Bellevue (Neb.)
Shannon Murdock Rochester (Mich.)
Rielly Dobbs College of the Ozarks (Mo.)
Haley Stallings College of the Ozarks (Mo.)
Haley Glasoe Jamestown (N.D.)
Sara Biermaier Viterbo (Wis.)
Hannah Buck Mobile (Ala.)
Kendra Johnson Montreat (N.C.)
Amber Parker Corban (Ore.)
Bailie Cortner Montana Tech
Madison Wilhelm Great Falls (Mont.)
Madison Garlie Eastern Oregon
Alaina Gentili Corban (Ore.)
Kennadie Clute Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)
Shelby Stinnett Texas Wesleyan
Kendall Goff Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)
Fia Faa'Agi Oklahoma City
Rossanna Ramos Wayland Baptist (Texas)
Candace Grosjean St. Thomas (Texas)
Paulyae Dawkins SAGU (Texas)
Laycia Robinson Houston-Tillottson (Texas)
Rebecca Moustapha Wiley (Texas)
Marijana Bjelobrk Oklahoma City
Annija Abolina Campbellsville (Ky.)
Elly Burke Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Sarah Bell Georgetown (Ky.)
Whitney Battoe St. Thomas (Fla.)
Michelle Calderon Webber International (Fla.)
Jennifer Philpot Cumberlands (Ky.)
Ashlee Howe Georgetown (Ky.)
Aubrey Pyburn

The Master's (Calif.)

Juanae Johnson Vanguard (Calif.)
Kayla Sims The Master's (Calif.)
Kami Troesh Westmont (Calif.)
Rebecca Lowden Vanguard (Calif.)
Tess Van Grouw Biola (Calif.)
Janaya Fox Ottawa (Kan.)
Lauren Hilger Northwestern (Iowa)
Valeria Most Kansas Wesleyan

Championship Information

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