Preseason Player Volleyball Awards 

Preseason Volleyball Player Awards
in each Conference 

Preseason player volleyball awards for the NCAA Divison I volleyball conferences are announced every year during the first two weeks of the  month of August.

Each conference announces the results of their preseason coaches poll, a ranking based on who each coach votes for will finish first at the end of the regular season.

Most conferences require their head coaches and sports information directors to also vote on a preseason "All conference team." 

These are individual player volleyball award recipients voted on as recognition for being the best in their conference. 

Preseason player award categories include:

  • Preseason Player of the Year
  • Preseason Freshman Player of the Year
  • Preseason All Conference Team

The preseason All Conference team usually consists of 12 - 14 volleyball players, depending on the conference, voted on by the head coaches of each team in that conference. 

Some conferences, like Southland Conference have more player recognition awards named because they have a first team and a second Preseason All Conference team. 

Discover the 2017 award winners from the following conferences: 

  • Metro Atlantic Athletic
  • Mid American
  • Mid Eastern Athletic
  • Missouri Valley
  • Mountain West
  • Northeast
  • Ohio Valley 
  • Pac 12
  • Patriot League
  • Southeastern
  • Southern
  • Southland 
  • Sun Belt
  • Summit League
  • Western Athletic 
  • West Coast

Preseason Player Volleyball Awards: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Preseason Volleyball Player of the Year

Skyler Day  Outside Hitter  Fairfield

All Conference Preseason Player Volleyball Team 

Skyler Day, *Outside Hitter, Fairfield

Megan Theiller, Outside Hitter, Fairfield

Megan Fergus, Outside Hitter, Marist

Ashton Korona, Middle Hitter Marist

Elizabeth Kloos, Middle Hitter, Quinnipiac

Samantha Pethokoukis, Middle Hitter, Siena

Rylee Hunt, Libero, Niagara

Veronica Koval, Setter, Rider

Preseason Player Awards:               Mid American Conference

Preseason East All-MAC Team

Cassie Shado, Buffalo

Kelsey Bittinger, Kent State

Challen Geraghty, Kent State

Maeve McDonald, Miami

Katie Tomasic, Miami

Jaime Kosiorek, Ohio

Ali Lake, Ohio

Preseason West All-MAC Team

Brooklyn Goodsel, Ball State

Jordan Bueter, Central Michigan

Meg Wolowicz, Northern Illinois

Maurissa Leonard, Toledo

Rachel Vidourek, Toledo

Sydney LeMay, Western Michigan

Preseason Player Volleyball Awards: Mid Eastern Athletic Conference

Preseason Player of the Year

Khaila Donaldson, Howard

Name School Class Pos. Hometown

Alana Handy Bethune-Cookman So. OH Burlington, Wash.

Rakaya Neely Bethune-Cookman Sr. MB Lake Wales, Fla.

Nicole Abreu Florida A&M So. OH  Lima, Peru

Maria Yvette Garcia  Florida A&M  So.  OH  Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Valentina Carrasco Florida A&M Jr. L Lima, Peru

Khaila Donaldson Howard Sr. OH Vernon Hills, Ill.

Tamia Dockery Howard Jr. S Richmond, Texas

Preseason Player Volleyball Awards: Missouri Valley Conference

Andrea Estrada, Southern Illinois

Lily Johnson, Missouri State

Jaelyn Keene, Illinois State

Gabi Maciagowski, Loyola 

Daniele Messa, Missouri State

Courtney Pence, Illinois State

Bri Weber, UNI

Preseason Player Awards: Mountain West Conference

Preseason Player of the Year

Sierra Nobley, Sr., OH, Boise State

Player    Class    Position   Team

Sierra Nobley   Sr. OH Boise State

Maddi Osburn Sr. L Boise State

Sanja Cizmic Sr. OH Colorado State

Kirstie Hillyer R- So.MB Colorado State

Katie Oleksak So. S Colorado State

Alexandra Poletto Sr. MB Colorado State

Deja Harris Jr. MB San Diego State

Preseason Player Volleyball Awards: Ohio Valley Conference

Arianna Person, Belmont*  

Ashley Slay, Austin Peay*                              

Taylor Joens, SIUE*                                       

Nikki Drost, Eastern Kentucky*                    

Kristen Stucker, Austin Peay*                         

Krissa Gearring, Southeast Missouri*      

Emma Price, Belmont*                       

Jemima Idemudia, UT Martin*                           

Brie Lewis, Belmont#                                         

Nzingha Clarke, Southeast Missouri#                

Mackenzie Rombach, Jacksonville State#           

Rachel Woody, Eastern Kentucky                      

Jackie Scott, SIUE#                                          

Julia Pierson, Tennessee State    

Preseason Player Volleyball Awards: Pac 12 Conference

Preseason Volleyball Player of the Year

Washington Courtney Schwan 

All Conference Preseason Player Volleyball Team 

Taylor Agost, OH,  Senior,  Washington

Adora Anae, OH, Senior, Utah

Reily Buechler, OH, Senior, UCLA

Crissy Jones, OH, Senior, Washington

Audrianna Fitzmorris, MB, Sophomore, Stanford

Morgan Hentz, DS, Sophomore, Stanford

Khalia Lanier, OH, Sophomore, USC

Merete Luts, MB, Redshirt-Senior, Stanford

Mary Kate Marshall, OH, Senior, Oregon State

Kathryn Plummer, O/S, Sophomore, Stanford

Courtney Schwan, OH, Senior, Washington

Ronika Stone, MB, Sophomore, Oregon

Bailey Tanner, Setter, Senior, Washington

Lindsey Vander Weide, Junior, Oregon

  • Seven AVCA All-Americans return from last year, including Pac-12 Player of the Year Courtney Schwan and AVCA National Freshman of the Year Kathryn Plummer.
  • UW has three 2016 All-Americans on its current roster, while Stanford has two. Senior Adora Anae is also back for the Utes this year, as is Ducks junior Lindsey Vander Weide.
  • Eight of the 14 players named to the 2016 All-Pac-12 team return for 2017, including UW’s Schwan, who was tabbed the 2016 Pac-12 Player of the Year. 

Preseason Player Awards:              Patriot League

Patriot League Volleyball Preseason Player of the Year: 

Aleksandra Kazala, American

Volleyball Preseason All-League Team

Kennedy Etheridge, American (Jr., S)

Aleksandra Kazala, American (Jr., OH)

Vela McBride, American (So., MB)

Loren McKenzie, American (Sr., MB)

Carolyn Bockrath, Army (Sr., MB)

Jaelah Hutchison, Colgate (Jr., MB)

Patricia Mattingly, Navy (Jr., S)


Preseason Player Volleyball Awards:  Southeast Conference

All Conference Preseason Player Volleyball Team 

Pilar Victoria Arkansas Senior RS/OH

Rhamat Alhassan Florida Junior MB

Carli Snyder Florida Junior OH

Kaz Brown Kentucky Senior MB

Ashley Dusek Kentucky Senior DS

Leah Edmond Kentucky Sophomore OH

Melanie Crow Missouri Senior OH/RS

Alyssa Munlyn Missouri Junior MB

Mikayla Shields South Carolina RS/OH Sophomore

Kaitlyn Blake Texas A&M Junior MB/OPP

Preseason Player Volleyball Awards: Southern Conference

Preseason Player Awards:          Southland Conference

Preseason Player of the Year

Brittany Gilpin, Texas A&M CC, Senior, OH

All Conference Preseason Player Volleyball Team 

Brittany Gilpin, Texas A&M CC, Senior, OH

Bailey Banks, Houston Baptist, Senior, OH

Kristyn Nicholson, Texas A&M CC, Senior, Setter

Megan Nash, Central Arkansas, Senior, MB

Autumn Lockley, UIW, Junior OH

Jordyn Vaughn, Sam Houston State, Senior, OH

Brooke White, Sam Houston State, Senior, OH

Jacey Smith, Abilene Christian, Junior, OH

Madison Fitzsimmons, Texas A&M CC, Junior, MB

Taylor Cunningham, Sam Houston State, Junior, OH/MB

Blair Gillard, Houston Baptist, Senior, MB

Lexus Cain, Stephen F. Austin, Senior, Libero

Second Team

Bryaunea Hall, UIW, Senior, MB

Madeleine Doud, Texas A&M CC, Senior, MB

Ann Hollas, Stephen F. Austin, Sophomore, Setter

Jessica Wooten, Houston Baptist, Senior, OH

Haley Tippett, Central Arkansas, Junior, OH

Samantha Anderson, Central Arkansas, Junior, OH

Preseason Player Volleyball Awards:  Sun Belt Conference

Preseason Player of the Year

Leah Hardeman (Coastal Carolina, Sr., OH)

2017 Sun Belt Preseason Defensive Player of the Year

Kacey Leblanc (ULM, Sr., LIB/DS)

2017 Sun Belt Preseason Setter of the Year

Erin Hoppe (Texas State, Sr., S)

2017 Sun Belt Preseason Volleyball All-Conference Team

Emma Longley (Appalachian State, So., OH)

Kenzie Fields (Arkansas State, So., OH)

Carlisa May (Arkansas State, Jr., OH)

Jessica Uke (Arkansas State, Sr., MB)

Leah Hardeman (Coastal Carolina, Sr., OH)

Stacey Reilly (Louisiana, Sr., OH)

Jessica Bartczyszyn (Louisiana, Sr., S)

Kacey Leblanc (ULM, Sr., LIB/DS)

Qiana Cañete (UTA, Sr., OH)

Zhanelle Geathers (UTA, Jr., MB)

Erin Hoppe (Texas State, Sr., S)

Jaliyah Bolden (Texas State, Sr., MB)

Preseason Player Volleyball Awards: Summit League

No player awards announced. 

Preseason Player Awards:             Western Athletic Conference

Preseason Player of the Year: 

Bojana Mitrovic, UT Rio Grande Valley

2017 Preseason All-WAC Team 

Player  Yr.  Pos.  School

Jordan Abalos Sr. OH NM State

Briana Ainsworth Jr. S NM State

Tatyana Battle Jr. OH NM State

Madison Dennison Sr. MB Utah Valley

Alicia Harrington So. OH Kansas City

Sydney Haynes Sr. MB CSU Bakersfield

Ragni Steen Knudsen Jr. OH UT Rio Grande Valley

Katarina Marinkovic So. OH/RS Seattle U

Bojana Mitrovic Sr. RS UT Rio Grande Valley

Ariadnne Sierra Sr. L NM State

Sierra Starley Sr. S Utah Valley

Maja Stojanovic Jr. MB Seattle U

Sasha-Lee Thomas Sr. MB NM State

Lexi Thompson Sr. OH Utah Valley

Preseason Player Awards:                     West Coast Conference

2017 All-WCC Preseason Volleyball Team

Name  Institution  Yr.  Pos. 

aity Edwards San Diego Jr. MB

Ashlyn Fleming Pacific So. MB

Kristen Gengenbacher San Diego Sr. S

Jasmine Gross Pepperdine So. MB

Lindsey Knudsen Saint Mary’s Jr. OH

Mary Lake BYU So. LIB

Kirsten Mead Santa Clara Sr. S

McKenna Miller BYU So. OH

Savannah Slattery Loyola Marymount So. OH

Hannah Troutman Portland Sr. OH

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