Holtan named Central Region Player of the Year as AVCA announces All-Region teams

Gustavus senior Nora Holtan was named Central Region Player of the Year on Thursday.
Gustavus senior Nora Holtan was named Central Region Player of the Year on Thursday.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Three-time Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Volleyball Player of the Year Nora Holtan added another honor to her already impressive resume on Thursday when she was named Central Region Player of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). The Gustavus senior setter was also among 12 MIAC student-athletes named to the AVCA All-Region or honorable mention teams, while her coach, Rachelle Sherden, was selected as the Region's Coach of the Year.

Now a three-time All-Region pick, Holtan was one of nine MIAC competitors recognized on the 14-player All-Central Region squad. Her sister, Gustavus outside hitter Kate Holtan, and Augsburg defensive specialist Macey Terhell both received All-Region honors for the second time in their careers, while Gustavus defensive specialist Brittany Luethmers, Augsburg setter Morgan Malley, and St. Olaf right side Lauren Rewers each turned their 2017 honorable mention accolades into First Team honors in 2018. St. Thomas' Ellie Meyer joined Saint Benedict's Hunter Weiss and Madison Weiss as first-time selections. Gustavus' Lauren Hanson, Bethel's Tina Hoppe, and St. Thomas' Julia Spacek each received honorable mention recognition.

Gustavus coach Rachelle Sherden received Central Region Coach of the Year honors for the second time in her career after guiding the Gusties to a 27-2 record and an undefeated MIAC season. Sherden - who also received the award in 2015 - has led Gustavus to the MIAC Playoffs in six of the last nine years and NCAA Tournament berths in each of the last four.

The All-Region selections will now be considered for All-America honors. The AVCA will release its All-America Teams next Tuesday, November 13, with the National Coach and Player of the Year awards set to be announced on Wednesday, November 14 at the NCAA Division III Championships Banquet.

AVCA All-Region Team |


2018 AVCA All-Region
Pos. Name Institution Class  Hometown | High School Team  Previous Selections
OH Kate Holtan Gustavus So. Rochester, Minn. | Mayo First Team 2017
S Nora Holtan Gustavus Sr. Rochester, Minn. | Mayo First Team 2015 (HM) | 2016 | 2017
L Brittany Luethmers Gustavus Sr. Prior Lake, Minn. First Team 2017 (HM)
S/H Morgan Malley Augsburg Sr. Harmony, Minn. | Fillmore Central First Team 2017 (HM)
L Ellie Meyer St. Thomas Jr. Des Plaines, Ill | St. Viator First Team --
RS Lauren Rewers St. Olaf Jr. Sierra Madre, Calif. | La Salle First Team 2017 (HM)
L Macey Terhell Augsburg Sr. Osceola, Wis. First Team 2016 | 2017 (HM)
RS Hunter Weiss Saint Benedict So. Shakopee, Minn. First Team --
MB Madison Weiss Saint Benedict So. Shakopee, Minn. First Team --
RS Lauren Hanson Gustavus RS Redwood Falls, Minn. | Redwood Valley Honorable Mention 2016
OH Tina Hoppe Bethel OH Shakopee, Minn. Honorable Mention --
MB Julia Spacek St. Thomas MB Wayzata, Minn. | Orono Honorable Mention --