The fifth-ranked Texas Volleyball team placed three players on the 2011 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America Teams and freshman Haley Eckerman claimed National Freshman of the Year honors. This marks the sixth-straight season that UT has landed at least two players on the All-America teams.
Senior middle blocker Rachael Adams and sophomore outside hitter Bailey Webster represent Texas on the first team. Eckerman earned second-team honors in addition to her national rookie accolades. The honor is the second All-America honor of Adams’ career (2010 first team), while Eckerman earns Texas’ second freshman award in five years (2007, Juliann Faucette).
Adams, a Cincinnati, Ohio, native ranks 13th nationally with her .388 hitting percentage and has anchored the middle of the Texas attack to help the Horns hit .286 as a team. The senior led the UT team with 1.18 blocks and ranks third on the club with 2.69 kills per-set.
Eckerman, a Waterloo, Iowa, native adds All-America laurels to her All-Big 12 and Big 12 Freshman of the Year lauds. Eckerman leads the Horns with 3.56 kills per-set and 4.00 points per-set.
Webster, a Baltimore, Md., native bounced back from a season-ending injury a year ago to claim All-America honors. Webster ranked third on the UT team with her .340 attack mark and ranked second on the club with her 2.90 kills per-set.
The Longhorns finished the year 25-5, won the Big 12 and made their NCAA-best sixth-straight Regional final appearance.