Mazur selected to D2CCA All-America volleyball team

Mazur selected to D2CCA All-America volleyball team

WAYNE, Neb. --- Tusculum College freshman libero Melissa Mazur has been named to the 2015 Division II Conference Commissioners Association NCAA Division II All-America Volleyball second team announced officials Wednesday.

Mazur, a freshman from Chicago, Illinois, becomes the fourth player in program history to garner All-America honors joining former TC greats Carla Loyd (1992), Vivian Lacy (2007) and three-time winner Caitlyn Dean (2010, 2011, 2013). Mazur joins Dean as the only Tusculum freshmen to earn All-America distinction.

The D2CCA and AVCA All-Region pick continues to lead all three NCAA divisions averaging 6.84 digs per set. Mazur, who was also named to the All-South Atlantic Conference first team and SAC All-Freshmen Team, tallied 711 digs in 104 sets played this season. Her digs per set average is the third-best in program history and 10th in NCAA Division II history (25-point format, 2008-present). The 711 total digs are the fourth-most by a Pioneer in a season.

Mazur recorded double-double digit digs in all 28 matches this year, including a season-high 44 in a five-set victory at Lander, which are the fifth-most in a 5-set contest in program history. Her 29 kills at Lenoir-Rhyne are tied for the sixth-most in a three-set match, while her 28 digs at Newberry are tied for ninth-most in a three-set contest.

The Pioneers posted an 11-17 overall record and tied for ninth place in the South Atlantic Conference, snapping a nine-year run of consecutive winning seasons.

The Division II Conference Commissioners Association encourages and promotes Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education. The CCA is a key communications link among the conferences as they discuss views, policies and regulations that impact Division II intercollegiate athletics and works closely with the NCAA as a communications channel to NCAA Division II member colleges and universities.

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2015 D2CCA All-America Volleyball Team
First Team
OH - Hailey Roberts, Tarleton State
OH - Mariah Scharf, Minnesota-Duluth
OH - Berkley Whaley, Tampa
MH - Jessica Wagner, Tampa
MH - Riley Hanson, Concordia-St. Paul
S - Drew Smith, Northern State
L - Annie Reilly, Central Missouri

Second Team
OH - Carly Sojka, Central Missouri
OH - Kelsey Chambers, Northern State
OH - Heather Leavitt, Point Loma
MH - Brenna McIntosh, Cal State San Bernardino
MH - Preecy Seever, Rockhurst
S - Andrea Thobe, Wheeling Jesuit
L - Melissa Mazur, Tusculum

Third Team
OH - Megan Vander Meer, Ferris State
OH - Hannah Schellenberg, Belmont Abbey
OH - Ashley Diedrich, USC Aiken
MH - Skylar German, Post
MH - Lauran Graves, Wheeling Jesuit
S - Maggi Jo Keffury, Angelo State
L - Brittany Jaco, Barry

Honorable Mention: Caylie Seitz, Sonoma State (Outside Hitter); Kayce Crucki, Wheeling Jesuit (Outside Hitter); Katelynn Zanders, Alaska-Anchorage (Outside Hitter); Hannah Tong, Findlay (Outside Hitter); Oni Lattin, Colorado State-Pueblo (Middle Hitter); Sarah Victory, Washburn (Middle Hitter); Kenya Alexander, Tarleton State (Middle Hitter); Jessica Thobe, Wheeling Jesuit (Libero); Morgan Hooe, Alaska-Anchorage (Setter).