VanCampen Earns Volleyball's First All-America First-Team Nod

VanCampen Earns Volleyball's First All-America First-Team Nod

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced its 38th annual AVCA All-America teams on Tuesday, with Berry College's Carson VanCampen becoming the first Berry volleyball first-team selection in program history.

Joining VanCampen, Emily Hancock and Laura Beier earned All-America honorable mention honors. 

VanCampen, a junior middle blocker from Stuart, Fla., earns All-America recognition for the second straight season after earning honorable mention recognition last year. She also earned her second consecutive All-SAA first-team nod earlier this year after a dominant regular season. Following Berry's appearance in the NCAA tournament, she ranks No. 4 in NCAA Division III with 1.29 blocks per set and led the team with a .327 hitting percentage. VanCampen was also selected to the SAA All-Tournament team.

Hancock, a junior outside hitter from Naples, Fla., earns her second straight All-America honorable mention laurel. She earned her third straight All-SAA nod and second consecutive first-team selection. Her SAA Player of the Year award was the first of her career. She finished the regular season with a league-leading 3.82 kills per set, eclipsing 1,000 kills for her career. Hancock also led the league with 4.1 points per set. She is on pace to set career bests in several statistical categories this season including kills, kills per set, hitting percentage, blocks and points. At the conclusion of the SAA Tournament, Hancock was named the tournament MVP.

Beier, a freshman libero from Powder Springs, Ga., also earned SAA Defensive Player of the Year in her first season of competition. She is currently averaging 5.69 digs per set, good enough for top-30 in all of NCAA Division III. Beier has already set several program records for digs in a single match and was named the SAA Player of the Week four times this year.

The Vikings closed the 2018 season with a 26-4 record after winning their second straight SAA regular season and tournament titles.