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2009 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball All-America Teams Announced

December 05, 2009
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Dec. 5, 2009

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2009 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball All-America Teams, as selected by the NAIA Volleyball All-America Selection Committee.

Azusa Pacific's Jill Baker becomes just the second player in the Cougar volleyball program's history to earn the distinction of NAIA Player of the Year. Azusa Pacific's other Player of the Year was Lenee Hill in 1991.

Baker helped lead the Cougars to a 28-9 record and its second-straight national championship appearance. She finishes her career averaging 4.49 kills per came and had 597 kills this season.

Fresno Pacific head coach Dennis Janzen was named the 2009 NAIA Coach of the Year after guiding the Sunbirds to their third consecutive National Championship. It is the fourth time in his 25-year tenure that Janzen has won the award, previously being named Coach of the Year in 1989, 1994 and 2007.

2009 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball All-America First Team

First Name Last Name School Pos Class Hometown
Peni Acayo Goshen College (Ind.) OH Jr. Kampala, Uganda
Jill Baker Azusa Pacific University (Calif.) OH Sr. Turlock, Calif.
Kaitlin Beaver Northwestern College (Iowa) S Jr. Sioux Center, Iowa
Ingrid Carmona California Baptist University Opp Fr. Santo Dominigo, Domincan Republic
Heather De Jongh Vanguard University (Calif.) MB Sr. Visalia, Calif.
Cassie Ells Concordia University (Calif.) MB Sr. Crestline, Calif.
Kristin Engle Black Hills State University (S.D.) MH Sr. Newcastle, Wyo.
Arlene Ferreira University of Texas at Brownsville OH So. Uberlandia, Brazil
Martina Gregusova Fresno Pacific University (Calif.) OH So. Nitra, Slovakia
Randa Hulstein Northwestern College (Iowa) MH Sr. Sioux Center, Iowa
Heidi Larson Valley City State University (N.D.) Opp Sr. Grand Rapids, Minn.
Maria Omondi Columbia College (Mo.) MH Sr. Nairobi, Kenya
Fei Shi California Baptist University OH Sr. Nanjing, China
Keke Wang Fresno Pacific University (Calif.) OH Jr. Xiaya Henan, China

2009 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball All-America Second Team

First Name Last Name School Pos Class Hometown
Jackie Albrecht Mt Vernon Nazarene University (Ohio) MB Jr. Lexington, Ohio
Amy Alkazin Azusa Pacific University (Calif.) MB So. Carlsbad, Calif.
Cate Eckhardt Columbia College (Mo.) OH Sr. Ontario, Calif.
Ashley Hamilton Indiana Institute of Technology OH So. Middlebury, Ind.
Hillary Hanno Northwestern College (Iowa) OH Jr. Sioux City, Iowa
Tabitha Henken Point Loma Nazarene University (Calif.) OH So. Carlsbad, Calif.
Erica Janszen Georgetown College (Ky.) OH Sr. Cincinnati, Ohio
Kelsey Pritchard Taylor University (Ind.) OH So. Indianapolis, Ind.
Naomi Reimer The College of Idaho OH Jr. Killarney, Man. Canada
Amber Ridens Concordia University (Calif.) Opp Jr. Fountain Valley, Calif.
Lisa Shilling Fresno Pacific University (Calif.) MB Jr. Clovis, Calif.
Erin Sikora Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) S Sr. Elgin, Ill.
Diana Silva Freed-Hardeman University (Tenn.) OH Fr. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Christina Smetana Carroll College (Mont.) MH Sr. Helena, Mont.

2009 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball All-America Third Team

First Name Last Name School Pos Class Hometown
Kelsey Christoferson Biola University (Calif.) MB Sr. Carlsbad, Calif.
Anile Clemente Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho) OH Sr. Sorocaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Valquiria Coboclo University of Texas at Brownsville MB Fr. Sao Paulo, Brazil
Stephanie Darnall Concordia University (Calif.) OH Sr. Laguna Beach, Calif.
Paula Ferreira Columbia College (Mo.) S Fr. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Whitney Knight University of Mobile (Ala.) OH Sr. Birmingham, Ala.
Heather Koehler Shawnee State University (Ohio) OH Jr. Russellville, Ohio
Milica Krsmanovic Lee University (Tenn.) OH/S Sr. Bosnia & Herzegovina
Elissa Loynes Lubbock Christian University (Texas) MB Jr. Kemah, Texas
Rachel Muller Bellevue University (Neb.) OH Sr. Omaha, Neb.
Brooke Pryor Baker University (Kan.) OH Jr. Overbrook, Kan.
Tara Schmidt Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) OPP Jr. Olathe, Kan.
Jessica Tjaden Morningside College (Iowa) S Jr. Julesberg, Colo.
Katie VanderMeer Aquinas College (Mich.) S Jr. Kentwood, Mich.

2009 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball All-America Honorable Mention

First Name Last Name School Pos Class Hometown
Amy Barmore Georgetown College (Ky.) L Sr. Louisville, Ky.
Deborah Bekowies Menlo College (Calif.) MB Sr. Benecia, Calif.
Leah Bergstrom Southern Oregon University OH Jr. West Linn, Ore.
Betsy Brown Taylor University (Ind.) S So. Adrian, Mich.
Sara Brunner Rocky Mountain College (Mont.) OH So. Redcliff, Alberta
Sara Byrne Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) MB Jr. Downers Grove, Ill.
Kayla Carlisle Lee University (Tenn.) MB Jr. Greer, S.C.
Melissa Cheviron Illinois Institute of Technology OH Sr. Ft Wayne, Ind.
Grace Deboodt Eastern Oregon University OH Sr. Prineville, Ore.
Ali Edwards Jamestown College (N.D.) OH Sr. West Fargo, N.D.
Ellen Fandry Lindenwood University (Mo.) OH So. Houston, Texas
Kayla Fee Jamestown College (N.D.) S Sr. Williston, N.D.
Jordan Goings Lubbock Christian University (Texas) S So. Aledo, Texas
Inta Grinvalds Madonna University (Mich.) S Sr. Portage, Mich.
Abby Hall Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Fla.) OH So. Louisville, Ky.
Dorinda Hibma Dordt College (Iowa) L Jr. Sioux Center, Iowa
Haley Holcomb Shawnee State University (Ohio) S Jr. Frankfort, Ohio
Devon Jensen Grand View University (Iowa) OH Fr. Underwood, Iowa
Tamy Leipelt Oklahoma Baptist University OH Sr. Porte Alegre, Brazil
Jessy Livers Doane College (Neb.) OH Sr. Lincoln, Neb.
Xiaoting Ma Oklahoma City University OH Jr. Dalian, China
Marcela Madeira Union University (Tenn.) MH Jr. Vitoria, Brazil
Jhessica Martins Martin Methodist College (Tenn.) OH Fr. Uberlanoia, Brazil
Tally Mattos Columbia College (Mo.) L Jr. Osasco, Brazil
Mary McGinnis Madonna University (Mich.) OH Sr. Fraser, Mich.
Jennifer Nichols College of the Ozarks (Mo.) OH Sr. Republic, Mo.
Julianne ODonnell Walsh University (Ohio) OH Fr. Willowick, Ohio
Lacey Olin William Woods University (Mo.) OH Sr. Colorado Spring, Colo.
Lauren Poe University of St. Thomas-Houston (Texas) OH Jr. Katy, Texas
Heather Porter Southern Oregon University MH Jr. Coos Bay, Ore.
Susan Rollman Doane College (Neb.) MH Fr. Humphrey, Neb.
Shellie Rumschlag University of St. Francis (Ind.) MB Sr. Ft Wayne, Ind.
Kasi Runion Shorter College (Ga.) MH Sr. Ringgold, Ga.
Amanda Silva Union College (Ky.) L Jr. Londrina, Brazil
Amber Smith Bryan College (Tenn.) MB Sr. Pompano, Fla.
Paula Stilkey University of Mobile (Ala.) MB Sr. Union, Ky.
Erika Stouder Indiana Institute of Technology MB Jr. Nappanee, Ind.
Brianna Strete Indiana University-East MB Fr. Troy, Ohio
Brittani Toole Southwestern Assemblies of God University (Texas) MB Jr. Whitehouse, Texas
Jamie Vander Kooi Morningside College (Iowa) OH Sr. Hinton, Iowa
Thaise Vieira Bethel University (Tenn.) MH So. Matozinhos, Brazil
Skye Wade William Woods University (Mo.) OH Sr. Licking, Mo
Heather Wansing Benedictine College (Kan.) MH Jr. Liberty, Mo.
Maureen Wardian Bellevue University (Neb.) MH So. Omaha, Neb.