HENDERSON, ADAMS EARN AVCA ALL-AMERICA HONORS
Dec. 12, 2012
TULSA, Okla. - Tulsa's Tyler Henderson was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America Second Team for the third consecutive year, and senior Jessica Adams was an All-America Honorable Mention selection, the organization announced Wednesday.
Henderson, a senior from Oklahoma City, is the only player in school history to be selected to one of the top-three All-America teams for three straight seasons by the AVCA, while this marks the third year that Adams has been honorable mention.
A three-time Conference USA Player of the Year, Henderson led the NCAA in kills per set (5.22) and points per set (5.79). This marked the second time Henderson accomplished this feat, as she paced the nation in 2010 in kills and points per frame. She recorded double-digit kills in 33 tilts and 20 or more kills 14 times. She will graduate Tulsa with 2,525 kills, the most in NCAA Division 1 history during the 25-point rally scoring era.
"For Tyler to be named to the All-America second team for three straight years is something we may never see here again," commented Head Coach Steven McRoberts. "Our coaches are very proud of her and all of her many accomplishments. We played a very competitive non-conference schedule and she had big numbers against many NCAA tournament teams. As much as we are happy for her on the court, we are even more impressed with her in the classroom. Tyler has really done well academically since I've been here and she is well on her way to earning a well deserved degree."
Adams, a native of Oklahoma City, ranks 42nd in the nation in digs per set with a 5.19 average. She will leave Tulsa with 2,437 digs, which is not only the most in school history, but also the second most in Conference USA history. Adams also ranks fourth in school history in career service aces with 116. She set a school record this year with 685 digs, which is the third highest total in C-USA history. Adams collected double-digit digs in 34 of the 36 matches this year, including tying a career high of 31 against SMU on Sept. 19.
"In my 16 years as a head coach, Jess is the best libero/defensive specialist I've ever coached," McRoberts said. "She always strived to do her best and asked for extra court time in order to make herself better. We always knew we would get competitiveness and consistency from Jess. She will leave Tulsa and be very successful because of those two traits. It is hard for a libero to be recognized on the top three All-America teams, as there were only two liberos out of the 42 players, but I know she deserves to be included in the group."
Tulsa finished the season with a 26-10 record, and made its third straight appearance in the NCAA Championship. The Golden Hurricane also won its third consecutive C-USA title.
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