Carlson, Heier and Jones Named AVCA All-Americans
Dec. 14, 2011
MILWAUKEE - Marquette's Danielle Carlson, Chelsea Heier and Ciara Jones were named 2011 AVCA Division I Honorable Mention All-Americans, the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced Wednesday morning. It is the first career all-America honor for each student-athlete after they were named to the AVCA All-Northeast Region team on Dec. 6.
“It is a tremendous honor for all three to be named All-Americans,” 2011 AVCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year Bond Shymansky said. “Ciara and Danie were our team captains this year and the effort they put forth really determined the amount of success we had this season. Both of them were very efficient and terminal. A lot of their success can be attributed to Chelsea who played well beyond her years as our setter. I am extremely happy for Ciara to end her career on such a positive note and I feel it is a harbinger of things to come for both Danie and Chelsea.”
Heier is one of only three true freshmen to earn all-America accolades this season and is the first underclassman at Marquette to ever receive the honor. She is also the first freshman under Shymansky's guidance to be named an all-American.
Carlson, Heier and Jones join 2010 selections Ashley Beyer, Nikki Klingsporn and Rabbecka Gonyo as the only AVCA All-Americans in Shymansky's tenure at Marquette. Jamie Mueller and Kim Todd, both of whom were selected in 2006, are the only other all-Americans in program history.
Heier was the AVCA Northeast Region and BIG EAST Conference Freshman of the Year after leading the BIG EAST and ranking seventh in NCAA Division I in assists per set with 11.89. The San Clemente, Calif., native notched a career-high 64 assists in the semifinals of the BIG EAST tournament against eventual league champion, Cincinnati.
Jones was an All-BIG EAST First Team selection after leading the Golden Eagles with 3.59 kills per set. The Orlando, Fla., native stepped up with a career-high 24 kills against then-No. 9 Minnesota on Sept. 18 and notched 17 kills against both Cincinnati in the BIG EAST semis and No. 24 Western Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA Championship.
Carlson made the transition from right-side hitter to middle hitter during the offseason and led the BIG EAST with a hitting percentage of .385, a mark that ranks 17th in the NCAA. The native of Marshfield, Wis., is Marquette's career leader with a .338 hitting percentage.
The Golden Eagles ended their season in the second round of the NCAA tournament with a loss to No. 3-seed Illinois in Champaign, Ill. Marquette's first trip to the NCAA Championship included the program's first victory over a ranked opponent, a 3-1 win over No. 24 Western Kentucky in the first round.
Marquette won a program-record 24 matches in 2011, while also topping last season's 11-3 record in BIG EAST Conference play with a 12-2 mark in 2011.
Fifteen players have received AVCA All-America honors under Shymansky during his 10 seasons as head coach at Marquette and Georgia Tech.