LEXINGTON, KY -- Four members of the 2013 Eph volleyball team that went 27-5 and advanced to the regional finals of the NCAA Tournament were named to the 33rd annual American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) NCAA Division III All-America Team.
Freshman Tori Jasuta (Manhattan Beach, CA), senior captain Emily Doll (Villa Park, CA), sophomore Ryan Farley (La Jolla, CA) and junior Raea Rasmussen (Amsterdam, Netherlands) were accorded AVCA All-America recognition.
The last Eph All-American prior to this season is current assistant coach Kate Anderson '11 who was an honorable mention selection in 2010.
This Eph quartet was largely responsible for leading the Ephs to an undefeated record in NESCAC regular season and post-season play, advancing to the finals of the NCAA Williamstown, Mass. Regional and increasing the win total from 15 last season to 27 this fall.
Tori Jasuta added to her impressive list of accolades in her first season in the Purple Valley by being named a First Team All-American. Jasuta is the first Eph freshman to earn All-America First Team status in the program's 36-year history. She is just the second Eph to earn First Team honors, joining Joyia Chadwick '05 who was named to the First Team in 2004.
Previously this fall Jasuta was named First Team All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and was the first player in the history of NESCAC to be named both the Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year in the same year.
"For Tori to be named a First Team All-American as a first-year is an incredible accomplishment for her and for our program," said Eph head coach Christi Kelsey. "Tori showed a tremendous amount of maturity stepping in from day one of preseason and fully investing in our program. I continue to say though what impresses me the most about Tori is her perspective. She has had a team first mentality from the beginning and cares more about her teammates and our program's success overall."
First year OH Tori Jasuta ranked in the top five in four categories in NESCAC in her debut season. She led NESCAC in kills (398) and kills per set (3.98), was fourth in hitting percentage (.322) and fifth in digs with 358.
Doll played in all 32 matches this year for the Ephs and she had 309 kills (2.81/set), 260 digs (2.36/set) and 32 service aces.
Sophomore setter Ryan Farley led NESCAC in assists this season. In 32 matches she registered 1,180 assists (10.54/set) and contributed 240 digs and 38 service aces.
Junior OH/MB Raea Rasmussen led all of Division III in hitting percentage at 0.452 and she ranked fifth in NESCAC in blocks per set at 0.86. She notched 191 kills in 31 matches.
"Emily, Ryan and Raea are incredibly deserving of their recognition as honorable mention All-Americans," said Kelsey. "They are great representations of our program, the strides they each made individually and collectively as a team this year."
Previously Doll, Farley and Jasuta were all selected as First Team All-NESCAC players and Jasuta, Doll, Farley and Rasmussen were named to the 14-member AVCA New England Regional Team.
"I have to give a tremendous amount of credit to our entire team, especially our returners and our captain this year for establishing a team mission and mindset that helped our program grow to a new level," noted Kelsey. "Individual recognition/success is possible because of that unselfish, team first focus. Overall it has been an incredible journey this season and I am so proud of how this group represented our program and Williams College on and off the court."
The All-America awards will be presented Nov. 20, 2013, at the NCAA Division III Women's National Championship banquet in Holland, Mich., where the 2013 Division III AVCA Player of the Year will be announced. The NCAA Division III national quarterfinals begin Nov. 21.
The 2013 All-America selections were made by the AVCA Division III All-America Committee: Hannah Long, Southwestern, chairperson; Chad Braegelmann, Minnesota-Morris; Amber Warners, Calvin; Shelley Bauder, Moravian; Deb Kiick, Millikin; Tim Byram, Endicott; Cal Wickens, Nazareth; Valerie Cowan, Pomona-Pitzer.