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2007 NAIA Volleyball All-America Teams Announced

December 03, 2007
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Dec. 3, 2007

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2007 Volleyball All-America Teams, as selected by the NAIA Volleyball All-America Selection Committee.

Thirty-six players have been named to the first, second and third teams while 35 earned honorable mention.

Junior setter Shu Liu of Fresno Pacific (Calif.) was named the 2007 Tachikara-NAIA Player of the Year while the Sunbirds' head coach Dennis Janzen earned the 2007 Tachikara-NAIA Coach of the Year honors. Senior Heather Hernandez of Walsh (Ohio) was selected the 2007 Tachikara-NAIA Libero of the Year.

Shu Liu led Fresno Pacific with 1,388 assists in 106 games this season.  She helped the Sunbirds capture the 2007 national title and earned the Tachikara National Tournament Most Valuable Player honors.


Hernandez helped Walsh to a 29-9 overall record this season.  She led the team with 715 digs in 107 games.

Janzen guided the Sunbirds to 37-1 record, 14th consecutive national tournament appearance and third national title.  He was also named National Tournament Coach of the Year.

2007 NAIA VOLLEYBALL ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM
First Name    Last Name        School                               Pos         Year       Hometown
Jill                   Baker                 Azusa Pacific                    OH          SR          Turlock, Calif.
Luana            Branco               Columbia                          S             JR           Sao Paulo, Brazil
Marin              Canady              Fresno Pacific                  OH          SR          Clovis, Calif.
Shi                  Fei                      California Baptist             OP          SO          Nanjing, China
Erika               Kliokmanaite    Lindenwood                     OH          SR          Kaunas, Lithuania
Fabiana         Leomil               Fresno Pacific                  OH          JR           Sao Paulo, Brazil
Shu                 Liu                      Fresno Pacific                  S             JR           Shen Yang, China
Nancy          Nyongesa         Dickinson State               OH          SR          Bungoma, Kenya
Daniela          Oliveira              National American          OH          JR           Campinas, Brazil
Lubovj            Tihomirova        Madonna                           OH          JR           Riga, Latvia
Meghan         Warkentine       Biola                                   OH          JR           Visalia, Calif.
Verania          Willis                 California Baptist             OH          SR          Limon, Costa Rica

2007 NAIA VOLLEYBALL ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM
First Name    Last Name        School                               Pos         Year       Region
Shena            Beheler              Mt. Vernon Nazarene      OH          SR          Butler, Ohio
Lindsey          Campbell          Concordia (Calif.)            MB          SR          Dana Point, Calif.
Katie               Hogue                College of Idaho              MB          SR          Sparks, Nev.
Annie              Jankowski         College of St Mary           S             SR          Omaha, Neb.
Angie              Johnson            Westminster                    OH          SR          Salt Lake City, Utah
Renee            Laidler               Michigan-Dearborn         S             SR          Lincoln Park, Mich.
Teresa           Masava              Campbellsville                 OH          FR           Nairobi, Kenya
Megan            Meyer                 Northwestern                   OH          SR          Aplington, Iowa
Talita              Milasauskas    Texas Brownsville           MB          FR           Sao Paulo, Brazil
Rebekah       Reichard           Indiana Wesleyan           OH          JR           Warsaw, Ind.
Lindsey          Stone                 Southern Oregon             S             SO          Ashland, Ore.
Traci               Weamer            Concordia (Calif.)            OH          JR           Upland, Calif.

2007 NAIA VOLLEYBALL ALL-AMERICA THIRD TEAM
First Name    Last Name        School                               Pos         Year       Region
Thais              Batistella           National American          OH          FR           Campinas, Brazil
Yudelka         Bonilla               California Baptist             OH          SR          Mao Valverde, Costa Rica
Anile               Clemente          Lewis-Clark State            OH          SO          Sorocaba, SP, Brazil
Amber            Jarzynka            Morningside                     MB          JR           Bennington, Neb.
Brittany           Lukasek            Missouri Baptist               MB          JR           St. Louis, Mo.
Stephanie     Scheele             Concordia (Calfi.)            OH          JR           Temecula, Calif.
Lisa                Shilling              Fresno Pacific                  MB          FR           Clovis, Calif.
Karina            Souza                 Freed-Hardeman            OH          SR          Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rachel           Stuyvesant        Lubbock Christian           S             SO          Albuquerque, N.M.
Mia                  Wortel                Southern Oregon             MB          JR           Estacada, Ore.
LaKenya        Wrightsil            Martin Methodist              OH          SR          Big Spring, Texas
Yi                     Zhang-Li           Columbia                          OH          JR           Suzhou, China

2007 NAIA VOLLEYBALL ALL-AMERICA HONORABLE MENTION
First Name    Last Name        School                               Pos         Year       Region
Rebecca        Baker                 Cornerstone                     OH          SR          Grandville, Mich.
Syretta            Baldwin             Mobile                                OH          JR           Montgomery, Ala.
Jillian             Barry                   Walsh                                S             SR          Salem, Ohio
Daianarah     Bracero             Texas-Brownsville           S             JR           Sabana Grande, P.R.
Elizabeth       Castillo              Dickinson State               MB          SR          Lima, Peru
Sarah             Claborn             Kansas Wesleyan           OH          JR           Aurora, Colo.
Katie               Daly                    Montana Tech                  MB          SO          Butte, Mont.
Grace             Deboodt            Eastern Oregon               MB          SO          Prineville, Ore.
Kristin            Engle                 Black Hills State              MB          SO          Newcastle, Wyo.
Cindy              Eurie                  Webber International      OH          JR           Haverstraw, N.Y.
Meghan         Francis              Berry                                   MB          JR           Anchorage, Alaska
Jacqui            Gatt                     Madonna                           L              SR          Livonia, Mich.
Maggie           Henss               Taylor                                 S             SR          Champaign, Ill.
Heather         Hernandez        Walsh                                L              SR          Oakdale, Calif.
Jennifer         Horne                 Bellevue                            MB          SR          Exeter, Neb.
Erica               Janszen            Georgetown                      OH          SO          Cincinnati, Ohio
Lisa                Klein                  St Francis-IL                     OH          SR          Ladd, Ill.
Whitney          Knight                Mobile                                OH          SO          Birmingham, Ala.
Traci               Looby                 St Xavier                            S             SR          Orland Hills, Ill.
Elizabeth       Meng                  Texas Wesleyan              MB          SR          Weatherford, Texas
Sheila            Mercado            William Penn                    S             JR           San Sebastian, P.R.
Dani               Miller                  William Jewell                  OH          JR           Colorado Springs, Co.
Lucy                Ng'ang'a            Lindsey Wilson                MB          SR          Nairobi, Kenya
Julie               O'dell-Griffith     Evangel                             MB          JR           Rogersville, Mo.
Crissandra   Perez                  Freed-Hardeman            MB          JR           Santo Domingo, D.R.
Juliana           Quadrado         Columbia                          MB          SR          Sao Paulo, Brazil
Tina                Questel              Lee                                     OH          JR           Pearl City, Hawaii
Tara                Schmidt            Olivet Nazarene               OP          FR           Olathe, Kan.
Coutrney        Springer            Mt Vernon                          OH          SO          Van Wert, Ohio
Laura             Stepp                 Coll of the Ozarks            MB          SR          Walnut Grove, Mo.
Misty               Tarbet                Campbellsville                 MB          SR          Sunnyvale, Texas
Thamy            Viana                 National American          MB          SO          Campinas, Brazil
Krista             Yoder                 Lindenwood                     MB          FR           Murray, Neb.
Aigline            Yoke                  Park                                    MB          SR          Paris, France
Sarah             Zeltman            Cedarville                          MB          SR          Kidron, Ohio