BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – The Union College volleyball team's historic season continues past its final match as Rachel Andrews (JR/Louisville, Ky. ) became the first Bulldog to make the American Volleyball Coaches Association's (AVCA) 2016 NAIA Volleyball All-America Teams, AVCA and NAIA announced Tuesday.
The junior from Louisville, Ky., earned a spot on the AVCA NAIA All-America Third Team. Previously, Union had five players earn honorable mentions; however, Andrews is the first to make one of the three all-America teams.
Andrews led Union with 381 kills and a 0.315 hitting percentage, which ranks 36th in the NAIA. The 2016 Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Player of the Year, Andrews twice posted 19 kills in a match with the most recent coming in a 3-1 win at Bluefield (Va.) on Oct. 18. She recorded double-digit kills in 24 matches this season.
The opposite side hitter logged eight matches with 13 or more kills with three matches with 15 or more.
During the AAC Tournament, Andrews tallied 34 total kills as the Bulldogs swept their way to the championship. She helped Union to a 2-2 record in the NAIA National Championship, recording 10 kills in each of the Bulldogs' wins.
Andrews also registered 95 total blocks and 65 digs on the year. She had her best blocking matches during the NAIA National Championship, posting a season-high six total blocks against Cornerstone (Mich.) in the 3-2 opening round win along with four in a 3-1 win versus Jamestown (N.D.).
This is the third year in a row a Bulldog made the all-America list. Ana Calaza (2015) and Paige Moore (2014) earned honorable mentions. The other previous Union honorees are Amanda Silva (2009 and 2010) and Amanda Bowling (2006).
Union finished the season 34-11 overall and 20-2 in conference play. The Bulldogs won both the AAC regular-season and tournament championships and advanced to the NAIA National Championship for the third year in a row. Union advanced to the final site of the national tournament in Sioux City, Iowa, for the first time in program history and went 1-2 in pool play.
To view the entire AVCA NAIA All-America Team, click here.