The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced the 29th annual AVCA All-America teams for NCAA Division III volleyball, and two Nebraska Wesleyan University players were selected to the team. Junior outside hitter Laura Brammeier was named to the All-America Second-Team, while senior middle blocker Elise Schmid received honorable mention All-American recognition.
The two players are just the sixth and seventh players in NWU history to earn AVCA All-America honors, and it marks the third straight season that Nebraska Wesleyan had an All-American in volleyball.
Brammeier (Lincoln, Neb.) was named to the Second-Team, marking the highest All-America honor for a NWU player since 1997. She led the team in kills on the year with 383 averaging 3.48 kills per set. She was also third on the team in digs averaging 3.57 per set. Her 3.48 kills per set is the sixth highest total in NWU history. The Lincoln Southwest H.S., graduate now has 867 career kills.
Schmid (David City, Neb.) had a breakout season for NWU in her final season with the Prairie Wolves. She led the team with 133 blocks on the season, and ranked fourth in the GPAC with 1.16 blocks per set. She played in every set for NWU this season and was third on the team with 231 kills. The David City H.S., graduate also had the top hitting percentage on the team at .288.
Nebraska Wesleyan, ranked No. 21 in the AVCA/DIII poll, finished the 2009 season with a 18-12 overall record. The Prairie Wolves qualified for their sixth straight NCAA III National Tournament and advanced to the second round of the tournament for the second straight season.