Three Raiders Earn NAIA All-American Honors
by KDLT Sports
December 07, 2009 2:51 PM
Three members of the Red Raider volleyball team earned All-American honors as announced by the NAIA late Saturday night. Randa Hulstein and Kaitlin Beaver were named to the first team while Hillary Hanno earned second team honors. Northwestern and Fresno Pacific were the only teams to place three players on either the first or second All-American teams.
Hulstein, a 6-1 senior middle hitter, averaged over kills and 1.2 blocks per set for the Raiders. She led the GPAC and ranked sixth in the NAIA with a 38% kill efficiency. Hulstein totaled a team-high 60 ace serves on the season and also averaged 2.7 digs per set. She finishes her NWC career in fourth place all-time in kills (1,760) and is the career leader in solo blocks (184) and total blocks (724). The two-time GPAC player of the year also earned first team All-American honors last year.
A third-team NAIA All-American in 2008, Beaver also was named to the first team this year. The 6-0 junior setter ranked third in the NAIA averaging nearly 11.5 assists per set. Beaver guided a Raiders offensive attack that ranked fifth in the NAIA with a 30% kill efficiency. She averaged 1.8 digs per set, served 40 aces and totaled 61 blocks on the year.
Hanno earned second team NAIA All-American honors after taking home honorable mention accolades in 2008. The 5-10 junior outside hitter ranked 10th in the NAIA and led the GPAC averaging 4.2 kills per set. Hanno hit 34% on the year, fourth best in the GPAC, and averaged 1.7 digs per set. She totaled 28 ace serves, 54 blocks and recorded a 93% serve receive percentage.
Northwestern earned its fourth straight trip to the national tournament where they went 3-0 in pool play and lost in the Elite Eight to 19th-ranked Lee University (Tenn.) 3-1. The 2009 GPAC regular season and postseason champions finished the season with a 36-3 overall record.