Volleyball - Tue, Dec. 6, 2016
The season continues to speak for itself as more volleyball honors are bestowed on Georgetown College student-athletes. NAIA office announced Tuesday afternoon Jenny Howell, Sarah Bell and Ashlee Howe have been named to the All-American teams.
Howell, a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio, earned second team honors, a step above her third team placement a year ago. She tallied 513 kills and becomes the ninth Tiger to ever earn NAIA All-American status at least twice in her career.
"Jenny's development from freshman year has been fun to watch," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "Her hitting abilities really took center stage this past year and then her growth to being an all court player was vital to our success this season."
The outside hitter became a staple on the floor with her increased defensive skills. Howell quadrupled her digs from her first two seasons. Combined she had 77 as a freshman and sophomore, this year she had 361. All the while her offensive prowess stayed steady – finishing 14th nationally in total kills and 29th in kills per game.
For Bell and Howe, it is a first time honor on the All-American teams. They both earned honorable mention.
Bell had a solid season, more than doubling her assists from her freshman campaign. Her 1,312 assists ranks her 23rd nationally and she also is 11th in assists per game average with 10.8. The Mt. Washington, Ky. native finished with 13 double-doubles this season. She was four-time Mid-South Conference Setter of the Week and earned the national honor once as well.
"We generally play a two setter system to try and help balance the load this position requires, but Sarah really stepped up and handled being our main setter this season," Griffin said. "She flourished and I'm glad she's receiving the recognition she deserves."
Howe continued her dominance at the net defensively. The middle hitter towers over competitors with her 6-foot-1 frame and leaping abilities, sending attack after attack back at opponents. She finished the season with 149 blocks, 40 solo. Her total blocks is 18th in the nation, while her blocks per game average (1.1) is 28th. However, her 303 kills also caught a lot of attention.
"We always knew Ashlee was a strong defensive threat, but her determination to mold and shape her offensive game has been a coach's dream," Griffin said. "I'm so proud of her and pleased to see others take notice as well."
In her first three seasons, Howe had 371 blocks and 336 kills. She compiled her second highest total blocks of her career this season with 149, but ignited on the offensive side for 303 kills in one season.