LEXINGTON, Ky. – Several A-10 volleyball student-athletes were honored Tuesday as the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced the all-region teams.
Dayton’s Jane Emmenecker and Amber Erhahon, Rhode Island’s Layne Self and Saint Louis’ Danielle Rygelski were honored. Emmencker, Erhahon and Rygleski were named to the All-Midwest Region team while Self received honorable mention honors for the East Region.
Emmenecker was named the A-10 Setter of the Year for the third-consecutive season. She ranked first in the A-10 in assists per set, averaging 11.1. She also led an offense that ranked first in overall and conference-only hitting percentage and finished first in overall and conference-only kills per set.
Erhahon, the A-10 Championship’s Most Outstanding Player, was named first team all-conference and a member of the A-10 All-Championship team. The junior middle blocker hit .423 this season while averaging 2.81 kills per set and 1.22 blocks per set.
Self, a seven-time A-10 Defensive Player of the Week, ranks third all-time at Rhode Island in total blocks (491) and is the only player in the rally-point era to even register more than 300. She also ranks 17th in URI history with 961 career kills. The Hawthorn Woods, Ill. native was a 2016 A-10 First Team All-Conference selection.
Rygelski was one of the top hitters in the NCAA this season, breaking an NCAA record with 715 kills, most in the NCAA 25-point rally scoring era. Additionally, she is only the second player in that era to finish a season with more than 6.00 kills per set. Rygelski was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and earned a record seven A-10 Player of the Week honors this season. She currently leads the NCAA in kills (715), kills per set (6.01) and points (808.0). Rygelski is third in the nation with 65 service aces. This is the second AVCA honor for Rygelski.
The all-region selections are eligible for AVCA All-America honors. The 2016 AVCA All-America team will be announced on Wednesday, December 14.