Dec. 12, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Husky sophomore Krista Vansant picked up the biggest honor thus far in her college career, as she was named a Second Team All-American today by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The awards will be presented Dec. 14, in Louisville, Kentucky at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet.
This is Vansant's first career All-America honor, following on her All-Pac-12 and All-Region honors. The AVCA selects a first, second, and third team, with 14 players chosen for each team. Out of the 28 players on the first and second teams, 24 of them are juniors or seniors, Vansant is one of just four sophomores on the top two teams. She is one of eight players from the Pac-12 on the top-three teams.
Washington has had a first or second team AVCA All-American for 11 consecutive seasons now under Head Coach Jim McLaughlin, after having just two All-Americans in the previous 11 years before McLauglin's arrival. Vansant is the sixth All-American outside hitter for UW since 2002, joining a list that includes Paige Benjamin (2002 - 1st), Sanja Tomasevic (2003 - 2nd; 2005 - 1st), Christal Morrison (2004 - 2nd; 2005 - 3rd; 2006 - 1st; 2007 - 1st), Kindra Carlson (2009 - 2nd; 2010 - 2nd), and Becky Perry (2010 - 2nd).
Vansant was Washington's top offensive force this season as well as a key defender who played every rotation, rarely stepping off the court. The Redlands, Calif. native ranked among the top outside hitters in the Pac-12 all season, averaging 4.64 points per set (with 3.99 kills each set) while improving her attack percentage (.264), blocks average (0.77) and digs average (2.33) over her freshman year totals. She led the team in kills in 25 matches
She was twice named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week this season and earned AVCA National Player of the Week honors on Oct. 2. Vansant was also named MVP of the season opening Northwest Challenge and MVP of the Tiger Classic in Houston.