Dec. 14, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State volleyball senior Jenilee Rathje was named to the AVCA Division I Third-Team All-America, announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) today. Rathje is the ninth All-American in program history and the first named to one of the top three teams since Ashley Schatzle in 2007.
"We are thrilled that Jenilee was honored with All-America recognition," said head coach Cathy George. "She is more than deserving of the honor and we are pleased that the committee recognized her for her outstanding season and career."
Rathje led the team in kills this season with 505 (4.17 per set), which ranks third in the Big Ten and top-25 in the nation. Her kill total was a career high and is the 10th-most in a MSU single-season. She also finished the season third on the team in digs with 257 (2.12 a set) and fifth in blocks with 61 (0.50 a set).
For her career, the Mt. Pleasant, Mich., native, is first in MSU history in sets played (496) and matches played (142), seventh in block assists (333) and eighth in kills (1,504).
Rathje was recently named an All-Big Ten selection, becoming the seventh Spartan to earn back-to-back first team honors, and picked as MSU's recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. She was also picked to the AVCA All-Mideast Region team, becoming the first Spartan since 2007 to be named to the 14-member team.