LEXINGTON, Ky. – A trio of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) volleyball players have been named 2018 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America, the organization announced this week. Six more MIAC competitors also received honorable mention All-America recognition.
Three-time MIAC Player of the Year Nora Holtan headlined the group, becoming the first player in Gustavus history and just the 31st nationwide to earn First Team All-America honors in three consecutive seasons. In addition to Holtan's selection, Saint Benedict's Hunter Weiss was also named a First Team honoree, while her sister, Madison Weiss, came away with Third Team honors.
Holtan (Sr. | Rochester, Minn. | Mayo) finished her playing career as the most decorated student-athlete in 50 years of Gustavus volleyball, becoming the only player in program history with at least 4,000 assists, 1,000 digs, and 500 kills. She totaled a Gustie-record 4,528 assists during her four years in St. Peter, helping Gustavus reach the NCAA Tournament every season during her tenure in Black and Gold. Holtan started all 30 matches and played all 113 sets in 2018, averaging 10.16 assists and 2.5 digs per set. She also totaled 169 kills and posted a .283 hitting percentage.
Hunter Weiss (So. | Shakopee, Minn.) became just the fifth Saint Benedict volleyball player to earn First Team All-America honors, the first since Tina Kampa in 1993, and the first sophomore to earn a First Team nod since Amy Hagen in 1988. She finished the year first in the MIAC and 26th in Division III with 425 total kills, and she ended up third in the Conference in both kills per set (3.40) and hitting percentage (.368). She also finished second in the nation, in the MIAC, and on CSB behind only twin sister, Madison, with 142 total blocks.
Madison Weiss (So. | Shakopee, Minn.) is the third Third Team All-American in CSB volleyball history, joining Taya Kockelman and Beth Hanson. The dual All-American nods mark the first time since 2014 that Saint Benedict has had two athletes earn All-American honors at any level (First-Third team or honorable mention), and this is the first time since 1990 that two Saint Benedict volleyball student-athletes have earned a spot on the First, Second or Third Team. She finished the year leading all of Division III in total blocks (194) and blocks per set (1.55), and, in the team's Sweet 16 game against UW-Eau Claire, set the school record for blocks in a season.
Gustavus outside hitter Kate Holtan (So. | Rochester, Minn. | Mayo) received honorable mention recognition for the second straight season after leading the Gustavus attack with 382 kills (3.38 per set) along with a .214 hitting percentage, while teammate Brittany Luethmers (Sr. | Prior Lake, Minn.) garnered her first honorable mention nod after leading the Gusties' back row with 551 digs (4.88 per set). Augsburg also had a pair of honorable mention honorees as well in Morgan Malley (Sr. | Harmony, Minn. | Fillmore Central) and Macey Terhell (Sr. | Osceola, Wis.). Malley recorded 17 assist-dig double-doubles and 30-plus assists in 22 of her 31 matches in 2018. Terhell - who also received honorable mention honors in 2016 - finished her career as the most accomplished libero in program history, playing in every set of every match over her four-year career. St. Thomas defensive specialist Ellie Meyer (Jr. | Des Plaines, Ill. | St. Viator) received honorable mention accolades after finishing first among MIAC competitors with 49 service aces and second with 595 digs on the year, while St. Olaf outside hitter Lauren Rewers (Jr. | Sierra Madre, Calif. | La Salle) became the first Ole since 2010 to land on the AVCA All-America lists since 2010. Rewers posted double-digit kills in 23 of the Oles' 30 matches.