Preseason Player Volleyball Awards (A-L)

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: 

  • American Athletic 
  • America East
  • Atlantic 10
  • Atlantic Coast
  • Atlantic Sun
  • Big 12
  • Big East
  • Big South
  • Big Ten
  • Big West
  • Colonial Athletic Association
  • Conference USA
  • Horizon League
  • Ivy League

Preseason Player Volleyball Awards: American Athletic Conference

Preseason Volleyball Player of the Year

  • Jordan Thompson, Cincinnati

All Conference Preseason Player Volleyball Team 

  • Kia Bright, UCF
  • Kayla Williams, U Conn
  • Carly Nolan, Cincinnati
  • Jordan Thompson, Cincinnati
  • Jade Tingelhoff, Cincinnati
  • Katie Hegarty, SMU
  • Kendall Patterson, SMU
  • Kaylie McHugh, Tulane
  • Irem Asci, Temple
  • Izzy Rapacz, Temple
  • Emily Hiebert, Wichita State
  • Abbie Lehman, Wichita State

Preseason Player Awards: Atlantic 10 Conference


Preseason Player Volleyball Awards: Atlantic Coast Conference

  • Leah Meyer, Duke, Junior, MB
  • Milica Kabura, Florida State, Senior, OH
  • Gabriela Stavnetchei, Georgia Tech, Senior, OH
  • Tess Clark, Louisville, Senior, MB/OH
  • Molly Sauer, Louisville, Junior, Libero
  • Olga Strantzali, Miami, Senior, OH
  • Haley Templeton, Miami, Senior, Opp/Setter
  • Taylor Fricano, North Carolina, Senior, MB/Opp
  • Taylor Leath, North Carolina, Junior, OH
  • Julia Scoles, North Carolina, Sophomore, OH
  • Bree Bailey, NC State, GS, OH
  • Julia Brown, NC State, Senior, OH
  • Sam Fry, Notre Dame, Senior, MB
  • Caroline Holt, Notre Dame, Senior, Setter
  • Kamalani Akeo, Pitt, Junior, Setter
  • Stephanie Williams, Pitt, Soph, OH
  • Santita Ebangwese, Syracuse, Junior, MB, 
  • Kylie Long, Wake Forest, Senior, OH

Preseason Player Volleyball Awards: Atlantic Sun Conference

  • Lipscomb's Carlyle Nusbaum was voted the ASUN Preseason Player of the Year after a stellar 2016 season in which she won Player of the Year and Tournament MVP honors.
  • Kennesaw State's senior libero Katarina Morton was voted the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year for the third-straight season.
  • Maggie Rick of FGCU rounded out the superlative honors taking home the Preseason Setter of the Year award.  

2017 ASUN Volleyball Player All-Conference awards

* Amanda Carroll, OH, Jr., FGCU 

* Anaiah Boyer, OH, Sr., Kennesaw State

  • *Carlyle Nusbaum, OH, Jr., Lipscomb
  • Maggie Rick, S, Jr., FGCU
  • Katarina Morton, L, Sr., Kennesaw State
  • Kristi Piedimonte, S, Sr., Kennesaw State
  • Gabby O'Connell, OH, So., North Florida

Preseason Player Volleyball Awards: Big 12 Conference

Preseason Player of the Year

  • Kelsie Payne, Kansas, Senior, RS

Preseason Freshman Player of the Year

  • Lexi Sun, Texas, Freshman, OH

  • Katie Staiger Baylor, Senior, OH
  • Jess Schaben Iowa State Junior OH
  • Ainise Havili Kansas Senior Setter
  • Kelsie Payne Kansas Senior OPP
  • Madison Rigdon Kansas Senior OH
  • Bryna Vogel Kansas State Senior OPP
  • Madison Drescher Oklahoma Junior OH
  • Anna Walsh TCU Junior MB
  • Ebony Nwanebu Texas Senior OH
  • Chiaka Ogbogu Texas Senior Senior MB
  • Micaya White Texas Sophomore OH
  • Reyn Akiu Texas Tech Junior L/DS
  • Payton Caffrey West Virginia Sophomore OH

Preseason Player Volleyball Awards: Big East Conference

Preseason Volleyball Player of the Year

  • Lydia Dimke Creighton Senior Setter

All Conference Preseason Player Volleyball Team 

  • Anna Logan Butler Junior OH
  • Lydia Dimke Creighton Senior Setter
  • Taryn Kloth Creighton Junior OH
  • Jaali Winters Creighton Junior OH
  • Brittany Witt Creighton Sophomore DS
  • Brittany Maxwell DePaul Junior OPP
  • Symone Speech Georgetown Junior MB
  • Allie Barber Marquette Sophomore OH
  • Jenna Rosenthal Marquette Junior OPP/MB
  • Erica Di Maulo St. John's Sophomore Setter
  • Allie Loitz Villanova Senior OH
  • Kristen Massa Xavier Senior OH

Preseason Player Awards: Big Sky

The Big Sky does not name a Preseason Player team.

Preseason Player Volleyball Awards: Big South Conference

Preseason Player of the Year

  • Maddie Palmer, Radford, Senior, OH

All Conference Preseason Player Volleyball Team 

  • Haley Barnes, High Point, Senior, OH
  • Molly Livingston, High Point, Junior, MB
  • Haley Kleespies, Radford, Junior, Setter
  • Madison Martin, Charleston Southern, Junior, Libero
  • Anna Gregg, Liberty, Sophomore, MB
  • Anna Willey, Liberty, Senior, Setter

Preseason Player Volleyball Awards: Big Ten Conference


  • Ali Bastianelli, Illinois
  • Jordyn Poulter, Illinois
  • Claire Kieffer-Wright, Michigan
  • Alyssa Garvelink, MSU
  • Alexis Hart, Minnesota
  • Molly Lohman, Minnesota
  • Samantha Seliger-Swenson, Minnesota
  • Mikaela Foeke, Nebraska
  • Kelly Hunter, Nebraska
  • Ali Frantii, Penn State
  • Simone Lee, Penn State
  • Haleigh Washington, Penn State
  • Danielle Cuttino, Purdue
  • Molly Haggerty, Wisconsin
  • Tionna Williams, Wisconsin 

Preseason Player Awards: Big West Conference

Preseason Player Volleyball Awards: Colonial Athletic Association

Preseason Player of the Year

  • Jocelyn Kuilan, Towson 

2017 Preseason All-CAA Volleyball Team

  • Taylor Austin James Madison DS/LSr. 
  • Jocelyn Kuilan Towson RS Jr. Toa Baja,  Puerto Rico
  • Kennedy Madison College of Charleston MB Jr. 
  • Laura Masciullo Hofstra OH So. La Spezia,  Italy
  • Michela Rucli Hofstra MB Jr. Remanzacco, Italy
  • Kristen Walding Northeastern S Sr. 

Preseason Player Volleyball Awards: Conference USA

Preseason Player of the Year

  • Alyssa Cavanaugh, Western Kentucky, Senior, OH

All Conference Preseason Player Volleyball Team 

  • Jessica Lucas, Western Kentucky, Senior, Setter
  • Rachel Anderson, Western Kentucky, Junior, Middle Hitter
  • Catherine Repsher, Southern Miss, Sophomore, OH
  • Sarah Bell, Southern Miss, Junior, Setter
  • Amanda Chamberlain, North Texas, Senior, MB
  • Holly Milam, North Texas, Senior, MB
  • Madison McDaniel, Rice, Senior, Setter
  • Portia Okafor, Rice, Senior, Middle Blocker
  • Madison Hill, Marshall, Sophomore, Middle Blocker
  • Jac'cara Walker, Marshall, Sophomore, OH
  • Abbi Reid, Florida Atlantic, Junior, RS
  • Marijeta Runjic, UTSA, Senior, OH

Preseason Player Awards: Horizon League

None awarded.

Preseason Player Awards: Ivy League

The Ivy League doesnt present preseason awards.

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