Three Lewis Women's Volleyball Players Are AVCA All-American

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Three Lewis Women's Volleyball Players Named AVCA All-Americans

Published: December 6, 2017.

The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced on Tuesday (Dec. 5) that Lewis University women's volleyball players Abby Becker (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls), Aly Schneider (Granger, Ind./Penn) and Elizabeth Hyland (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield Central) have been named to the AVCA Division II All-America Team.

Becker and Schneider were First Team All-America selections, while Hyland was a Second Team All-America pick. The last AVCA First Team All-American from Lewis was Cathy Spender in 1982.

"I couldn't be more proud of a team and these three individuals," Lewis head women's volleyball coach Lorelee Smith said. "Coaches dream of having players like Hyland, Schneider, and Becker. They work hard, have a passion for volleyball and have an even bigger love for their team. I think in their own way they have changed and improved Lewis volleyball. The honor of being named All-American is very special and as their coach, I believe they are very deserving."

Becker finished the year with 1,224 assists, 253 digs, 84 kills and a .330 hitting percentage. She was a First Team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference pick and Division II Conference Commissioner's Association All-Region selection.

Schneider, who was a Second Team All-American last year and Third Team All-American in 2015, became the first Flyer to be a three-time AVCA All-American.

She finished the year with a .354 hitting percentage while tallying 382 kills, 23 blocks and 113 block assists. She was also a Second Team D2CCA All-American, a First Team All-GLVC selection and twice earned Baden/GLVC Offensive Player of the Week honors.

Hyland totaled 418 kills, 387 digs, 11 blocks, 55 block assists and 27 aces. She was a D2CCA All-Region choice, an All-GLVC selection and was Baden/GLVC Offensive Player of the Week recipient three times this year.

The trio helped the Flyers finish the year with a 33-3 record and with a .917 winning percentage, the best mark in program history.

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