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WAYNE, Neb. – Southwest Minnesota State University junior middle blocker Mary Groth has been named to the Daktronics, Inc. All-America Volleyball Third Team. The announcement was made by the Daktronics All-America committee on Wednesday morning.

Groth, a native of West Bend, Wis., is just the third Mustang in school history to earn Daktronics All-America honors. Erin Contons was named to the second team in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and Devin Diedrich earned second team honors in 2010.

Groth was also named to the AVCA All-America team for the second time in her career this season. She was named to the AVCA All-Central Region team for the third time in her career. Groth finished the season second on the team with 468 kills (4.14 kills per set) and 93 blocks, including 10 solo and 83 block assists. At the end of SMSU’s season, Groth ranked third in the NSIC and 21st in the nation in kills. She became the 10th member of the 1,000-kill club at SMSU this season. She currently ranks fifth all-time with 1,262 career kills.

Southwest Minnesota State finished the 2011 season 25-7 overall, including a third-place 17-3 record in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play. SMSU made its ninth appearance in the NCAA Tournament in school history, including its eighth consecutive trip. SMSU advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.
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