LakePoint, Ga. – Three ASUN Volleyball players earned 2016 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Region Honors this Tuesday. Lipscomb hitters Carlyle Nusbaum and Taylor Racich were named to the All-South Region Team, while Amanda Carroll of FGCU was an honorable mention in the Southeast.
This marks the fourth season in a row Lipscomb has placed at least one player on the first team or honorable mention. Since 2009 Lipscomb has been represented on the South Region Team 11 times.
Both Nusbaum and Racich are now qualified for consideration for the AVCA All-America Team.
Nusbaum, a sophomore outside hitter from Overland Park, Kansas, has earned several honors this season including the ASUN Conference Player of the Year and ASUN Tournament Most Valuable Player awards.
She is the first Lipscomb player to be named a Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week. Nusbaum is only the second player in ASUN history to earn five player of the week awards in a season.
Racich, a senior transfer from Pepperdine, made a strong impact in her only season with Lipscomb. Racich spent the past three seasons playing beach volleyball.
A right side from Santa Barbara, California, Racich was named Second Team All-ASUN and was a member of the ASUN All-Tournament team.
Racich was the ASUN leader in total service aces and ranked in the top 15 this season nationally in the NCAA is both aces and aces per set. She was seventh in the conference in kills per set and ninth in total kills.
They are joined on the 14-player team by players from Texas A&M, Western Kentucky, Auburn, Ole Miss, Alabama and Coastal Carolina. Western Kentucky and Texas A&M each placed three players on the team. Lipscomb, Ole Miss and Coastal Carolina each had two players named.
After a record-setting season, FGCU volleyball's Amanda Carroll adds to her ever-growing list of accolades, earning recognition by the American Volleyball Coaches Association as an All-Southeast Region Honorable Mention. Carroll's selection, which was announced by the AVCA on Tuesday afternoon, marks the first in Division I history for the FGCU volleyball program.
A unanimous First-Team All-Conference selection, Carroll (Albuquerque N.M./Sandia HS) ended the 2016 season with 485 kills, eclipsing the previous FGCU record set by Olympian Brooke Youngquist-Sweat by nearly 40. Her 4.41 kills per set and 5.10 points per set each set new program records and ranked in the top-25 nationally.
The sophomore outside hitter led the team with 12 double-doubles on the year and 25 double-digit kill performances, including a 30-kill match against USC Upstate (Nov. 11), which represents the second-most by an Eagle in a single match in program history.
With 900 kills in her young career, Carroll is on pace to demolish the Eagles' program record of 1167. She currently sits at fifth on FGCU's all-time kills list.
In 2016, the FGCU produced one of its most successful seasons ever at 27-6, with the win total representing the most in DI program history and falling two shy of the all-time mark. The Eagles earned a trip to the ASUN postseason with an 11-3 conference record and downed Jacksonville and Kennesaw State before being edged out by Lipscomb, 3-1 in the championship match.