Dec. 16, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich. - After being named to the All-Big Ten and AVCA All-Mideast teams, Michigan State volleyball sophomore Kyndra Abron (Livonia, Mich.) was named American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I Honorable Mention All-America, as announced by the AVCA today, Dec. 16. Abron also becomes the first in team history to receive such an honor as only a sophomore and eighth honor all-time.
On the season, Abron led the Spartan attack in conference action with a 2.57 kills-per-set average. She also was tops on the team in solo blocks, tallying 11 overall and eight during Big Ten play. Her 267 total kills ranks third on the team this season, while tallying 197 of those in conference action, which was second most on the team.
Abron, who lead the Spartans to their third NCAA Tournament appearance in four years, becomes the second Spartan to be honored by the AVCA under coach George, the other being Ashley Schatzle who received third-team honors in 2007.
The Spartan sophomore becomes only the seventh Michigan State volleyball student-athlete to be named an AVCA All-American - Dana Cooke (1995 First Team), Val Sterk (1995-96 First Team), Jenna Wrobel (1998 First Team), Erin Hartley (2001 Second Team), Kim Schram (2003 Honorable Mention) and Schatzle (2007 Third Team).
The awards will be presented on Fri., Dec. 18 at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet presented by Zamst at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla.