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.
|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||--|