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College All-“Slighted” Teams, Part I

Cal Poly junior Torrey Van Winden had the kind of year that should have landed her All-America status beyond Honorable Mention

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Last week, the American Volleyball Coaches Association released its 2018 NCAA Division I All-America Teams. Fourteen players were recognized on each of three teams and an 85-player Honorable Mention list followed.

That’s 127 players total, which seems like a lot except when you consider there are 32 Division I conferences and 336 teams. Far more players than 127 had amazing fall campaigns but, alas, the AVCA could recognize only so many.

Over the next two days, we will provide additional recognition, in two forms:

Today, we present three teams of seven players from the AVCA Honorable Mention list who, in our opinion, deserved more than mere HM recognition.

Tomorrow, we will present four teams of seven players who were not found on the AVCA list as all.

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    December 19, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    You all act like these teams are created so everyone can ‘get a ribbon’ because they played college volleyball. And its ridiculous. Kendra Dahlke, may or may not be a good player. I must admit I have only seen her play once in person, but it was in the first round of this year’s NCAA tournament in Lincoln against Missouri. I’m sorry, she was awful. I don’t remember her exact stats but she had a lot of errors not many kills and didn’t appear interested in playing defense. I happened to make it a point to watch her because she was in the presser the day before with coach Rubio and one of the reporters said she was their ‘best player’. Maybe she had a bad match, IDK, but I can’t imagine any argument for her to be anything more than HM, and even at that, I don’t see it. I have to admit I have not watched Wilma Rivera from Louisville play in person, ever, but to say her HM was a ‘slight’ is ludicrous. Who are you going to bring down? Raskie? and that would necessarily mean not only replacing Raskie on the 3rd team but also putting her there ahead of all of the other setters who were HM. She is not better, nor did she have the year that Nicklin Hames did, so I find Rivera’s ‘slighted’ argument a non-starter. And it is like that for virtually every person on this ‘slighted’ list. Are you really saying that Gabby Curry should replace Kenzie Maloney on the 3rd team? You seem to think that if a player is the POY in a weak conference they should be more than HM, or All-conference in the SEC they should be more than HM AA. . . if Rachel Kramer was in the B!G, she would be no better than HM in that conference. I find this entire ‘slighted’ list just inane and confused. Everyone can’t be AA and I find your ‘slighted’ list really offensive. sorry

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    John Tawa

    December 19, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    You probably know by now that I do not value your opinion at all. That you object to my effort to recognize additional folks — notice in the piece that I did not suggest they were more worthy of those on the list, because they are not — makes me happy. I must be doing something right. Keep ripping me every chance you get. It makes you feel better about yourself and makes me smile all at the same time!

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    Chris Tobolski

    December 20, 2018 at 7:14 am

    Yeah, at this point Nebraska doesn’t get the joke is totally on Nebraska. It’s funny!!

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    December 21, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    The #1 assist per set leader (back to back) in the NCAA D1 Ivonne Martinez (S) which led to the #1 in team assists & team kills in NCAA (FAU) maybe? #Slighted

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    December 24, 2018 at 3:24 am

    If you don’t play in the Big10, you deserve anything, right?

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    John Tawa

    December 24, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Good call on Ivone!

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