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Cornerstone junior middle-hitter Cailie Johnson collected her first All-America honor, earlier this month, being named to the AVCA NAIA Third-Team All-America.
Voting for the team is conducted by the NAIA Volleyball All-America Selection Committee (AVCA). The All-America team honors the best NAIA volleyball players in the nation.
Johnson joins an elite Cornerstone volleyball group after being named to the third team. Several Golden Eagles have been honored as honorable mentions; however, the last CU player to be named to an All-American team was Shannon Burmaster in 2004 (1st team) while Angela Rufner was honored to the 3rd team in 1997.
This season the Rockford, Mich. native played in 132 sets tallying 429 kills attacking at a .397 pace. The hitting percentage placed her sixth in the NAIA. The junior also added .82 blocks per game. Johnson recorded a season-high 22 kills against Missouri Baptist.
During the season the middle-hitter was named to the Missouri Baptist, Olivet Nazarene and Aquinas/Cornerstone Classic All-Tournament teams while being named tournament MVP at the Missouri Baptist tournament.
Johnson was also recognized on the conference and national level during the 2013 season. The junior was named Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week four times while becoming the fifth player in CU history to be honored as the NAIA National Volleyball Player of the Week. Concluding the conference season, Johnson was named to the WHAC All-Academic and All-Conference First Team. Prior to the prestigious All-America honor, Johnson also was honored to the AVCA All-Region First Team.
CLICK HERE to view the 2013 NAIA All-America Teams.
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