Kentucky volleyball trio earn All-America honors

December 12, 2012 

University of Kentucky players Whitney Billings, Christine Hartmann and Stephanie Klefot earned All-America honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Wednesday.

Billings earned second-team honors for the first time in her career. Hartmann and Klefot were honorable mention selections.

The trio became the first group of teammates to earn multiple honors in consecutive seasons in program history.

UK has earned 19 All-America honors, with 13 of those coming in the eight-year tenure of Coach Craig Skinner.

The trio led Kentucky to a 22-11 record this season, which ended last weekend in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament.

Billings, a junior right-side hitter, is the sixth Wildcat to earn second-team accolades.

The Helena, Ala., native led the Wildcats with a career-best 365 kills this season. She also had a team-best 35 aces.

Hartmann, a St. Charles, Ill., native, earned All-America honorable mention for the second time. Hartmann dished out 10.83 assists per set. The senior finished her career ranking fifth all-time at UK with 3,497 assists.

Klefot, a senior from Louisville, earned honorable mention after finishing her career as one of the most decorated players in program history. A three-time Southeastern Conference Libero of the Year, Klefot ranks second all-time at UK and fourth in league history with 1,924 digs. She is the only player in league history to earn the top defensive honor in three consecutive seasons.

■ Three University of Louisville players were honored. Senior Lola Arslanbekova made the second team. Senior and Lexington native Gwen Rucker was named to the third team. Junior Caitlin Welch received honorable mention.

Louisville native Deja McClendon, a junior at Penn State, made the third team.

Morehead State senior Ellie Roberson earned honorable mention, as did Western Kentucky senior Jordyn Skinner and WKU junior Melanie Stutsman.

■ Sophomore Rachel Eubanks of Georgetown College was named third-team All-American on the AVCA's NAIA squad. Teammate Caraline Maher, also a sophomore, received honorable mention.

Lindsey Wilson senior Andrea Taylor and sophomore Sarah Anderson earned honorable mention.

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