Second-Straight Honor for Jarmoc Leads Kansas on AVCA All-America List

2013 AVCA Division I All-America Teams
 
LAWRENCE, Kan. – A year ago, Caroline Jarmoc became the first Kansas volleyball player to earn All-America honors, making it only fitting for the redshirt senior to be KU’s first back-to-back All-America honoree as the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) awarded Jarmoc Third Team accolades on Wednesday.
 
This season, however, Jarmoc was far from alone as senior setter Erin McNorton, junior right-side hitter Chelsea Albers and junior outside hitter Sara McClinton were each named to the AVCA Honorable Mention All-America Team.
 
“That is fantastic news that so many Jayhawks are being recognized because of what it says about this program,” head coach Ray Bechard said. “A lot of hard work from an entire team can be seen in those four awards. We’ve talked about moving this program from successful to significant and these four have been a big part of that.”
 
With the help of a team that has been in the NCAA top-20 RPI for two-straight seasons and ranked or receiving votes on 19 of the last 23 polls, this core four led their team to back-to-back 25-win seasons for the first time since 1980-81. The Jayhawks finished the season 25-8 and 12-4 in the Big 12 Conference, good for a program-best second-place finish in the league.
 
The 2013 Jayhawks earned a national seed in the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row and completed the 2013 season with the program’s first trip to the Regional Round, more affectionately known as the “Sweet 16.” KU lost to the No. 3 national seed Washington, who will play in the Final Four, Dec. 19-21.
 
Jarmoc, a native of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, already left her name all over the Jayhawk record books. With seven kills against Washington in the NCAA Sweet 16, Jarmoc strengthened her hold on second place for all-time for career kills at Kansas (1,333). Her more prideful accomplishment, stands on the defensive side as she completed her career as KU’s all-time block leader (555), which ranks eighth all-time in Big 12 history.
 
“Jar (Caroline Jarmoc) has made a habit of breaking program records during her career here and now being a two-time All-American is a tremendous honor,” Bechard said. “It speaks highly to the impact she’s had on this team, but it also speaks highly to the progress and growth of this program. Teams don’t produce All-Americans – especially two years in a row – without working as a unit and playing at a high level, which this team has all season. She’d also be the first to tell you that she doesn’t get those awards without her teammates, so we’re proud of her and proud of what it represents for our team.”
 
A two-time honoree, Jarmoc is one of six players named to the First, Second or Third Teams representing the Big 12 Conference on the list. The Canadian middle is the only All-American in Kansas history. Prior to Jarmoc’s historical career, only one Jayhawk has previously earned any All-America status as former standout Paula Caten was named an Academic All-American in 2005.
 
“It’s awesome,” Jarmoc smiled. “Being recognized once was amazing, and now twice – it’s indescribable. Obviously, I would never get recognized for an award like this without my teammates. We made history as a team, not as individuals.”
 
KU’s all-time blocks leader, Jarmoc, is the only Jayhawk in history to record 100 or more blocks in all four of her seasons. She finished her career second only to Destinee Hooker, currently of Team USA, in Big 12 history with 101 solo blocks. At Kansas, Jarmoc has rewritten the record books, holding KU’s record for attack percentage in a single-season (.386, 2012) and for career (.327, 2010-13). In 2013, Jarmoc ranked in the Big 12’s top-10 in attack percentage (.320), kills per set (3.06), blocks per set (1.15) and points per set (3.94).
 
During the NCAA Tournament, Jarmoc led the Jayhawks with a .377 hitting efficiency. The fifth-year senior cranked out 32 kills and committed just six errors in three matches, including KU’s first NCAA Sweet 16 appearance. Her 50 career NCAA Tournament kills are the second-most in KU postseason history. Additionally, Jarmoc brought her overall career total to 1,333, surpassing former players Sarah Rome (1,306) and Karina Garlington (1,309) for second all-time at Kansas.
 
McNorton, the Big 12 Setter of the Year, led KU in the opening rounds of NCAA Tournament action, putting up double-doubles (assists/digs) in both matches to lead her team to the Sweet 16. Throughout the tournament, she brought her season total to 1,517 – just eight short of the most by a Jayhawk in a season (Julie Woodruff, 1,525, 1991). Her 3,089 career assists rank sixth all-time at Kansas. The Dallas native led the Big 12 with 12.14 assists per set, which ranks sixth all-time at Kansas.
 
Albers was the driving force behind the Kansas offense in the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The All-Big 12 First Team member busted loose for a career-high 17 kills against Wichita State in the first round and outdid herself in round two with 18 in KU’s win against Creighton. The Papillion, Neb., native does it all as her 339 kills, 293 digs and 109 blocks makes her the first Jayhawk to post the impressive 300-kill, 200-dig, 100-block season since former standout Cyndee Kanabel did so in 1993 (367 kills, 283 digs, 110 blocks).
 
The other half of a two-member junior class, McClinton checked in among the top-10 in the conference in kills per set all season long and led the Jayhawks with a 3.13 average in 2013. Her 23-kill, no-error performance at Baylor (10/5) was the fifth-best single-match performance in 2013.
 
Each of the three AVCA All-America Teams is comprised of 14 athletes. The Division I AVCA National Player of the Year will be announced on Dec. 20 at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet presented by Northwestern Mutual.
 
The selections were made by the AVCA Division I All-America Committee:  East Region: Mike Johnson, Xavier; East Coast Region: Tonya Johnson, Georgia Tech; Midwest Region, Chris Lamb, Wichita State; North Region: Molly Alvey, Cincinnati; Northeast Region: Sherry Dunbar, Indiana; Pacific North Region: Jennifer Greeny, Washington State; Pacific South Region: Jeff Nelson, New Mexico; South Region: Matt Peck, Middle Tennessee; Southeast Region: Craig Skinner, Kentucky; Southwest Region: Santiago Restrepo, Oklahoma.  The AVCA Awards Chair is Wisconsin Head Volleyball Coach Kelly Sheffield, but because of his responsibilities as a participant in the NCAA Semifinals, Craig Skinner served as acting chair.

2013 Kansas Accolades
Ray Bechard
– Big 12 Coach of the Year
– AVCA Midwest Region Coach of the Year
 
Caroline Jarmoc
– AVCA Division I Third-Team All-America
– AVCA All-Midwest Region First Team
– All-Big 12 First Team
– Academic All-Big 12 First Team
– InnTowner Invitational, Tournament MVP
– Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 9; Sept. 30)
– Kansas Volleyball Invitational, All-Tournament Team
– Preseason All-Big 12 Team
 
Chelsea Albers
– AVCA Honorable Mention All-America
– AVCA All-Midwest Region First Team
– All-Big 12 First Team
– Academic All-Big 12 First Team
– Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 21)
– Arizona Invitational, All-Tournament Team
 
Erin McNorton
– AVCA Honorable Mention All-America
– AVCA All-Midwest Region First Team
– Big 12 Setter of the Year
– Academic All-Big 12 First Team
– All-Big 12 First Team
– Preseason All-Big 12 Team
– 2013 Kansas Invitational MVP
– Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 23)
 
Sara McClinton
– AVCA Honorable Mention All-America
– AVCA All-Midwest Region First Team
– All-Big 12 First Team
– Academic All-Big 12 First Team
– Arizona Invitational All-Tournament Team
– Big 12 All-Preseason Team
– 2013 Kansas Invitational All-Tournament Team
– Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 23)
 
Tayler Soucie
– AVCA Midwest Region Freshman of the Year
– All-Big 12 Freshman Team
– Big 12 Rookie of the Week (Sept. 23; Nov. 4; Nov. 18)
– Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 7) 
 
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