Dec. 14, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced its AVCA Division I All-America Teams for women's volleyball this morning, among those receiving honorable mention recognition were Boise State's Maddy O'Donnell and Sierra Nobley. The Boise State duo where among three Mountain West Conference athletes recognized for national postseason honors.
This marks the second-consecutive year that Nobley, a junior from Scottsdale, Ariz., has earned honorable-mention All-American accolades, while it is the first for O'Donnell, a senior from Irvine, Calif. They both qualified for All-American consideration after being named to the AVCA Pacific North All-Region team earlier.
"I couldn't be prouder of Maddy and Sierra," said head coach Shawn Garus. "They have both worked very hard throughout their careers here and were inspirational team leaders this year. They were a big reason that we accomplished as much as we did, winning the conference championship and making our first NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. I am going to miss not having Maddy around next year after coaching her for the last four seasons, but I know she will do great things after she graduates in the spring. Fortunately, we will have Sierra for one more season. I am looking forward to seeing what she and the team can accomplish next year as we continue to build this program."
Sierra Nobley is the Boise State's first Bronco to receive AVCA Honorable-Mention All-American recognition twice in a career. She is also a two-time all-region honoree making the first team the last two seasons preceded by honorable mention honors as a freshman. The 2016 Mountain West Player of the Year and three-time All-MW honoree capped the season off with a league-high 18 double-doubles, including two during the NCAA Tournament.
This season she led the MW and ranked 12th in the NCAA (as of 12-17-16) for kills per set at 4.58, led the conference and was 16th in the nation for total kills with 522, led the MW and was 13th nationally in points per set at 5.17, and led the league and ranked 15th in NCAA for total points.
Nobley set the school record for kills in a season with 522 and has moved into second on the career list with 1,467, 43 short of the school record. Her 4.58 kills per set this year ranks second in program history behind her mark from 2015. Nobley is now the career leader at Boise State for career kills per set at 4.47, well above the second place mark of 3.67 kps.
Maddy O'Donnell is the lone senior on the Boise State team. O'Donnell becomes the fourth Bronco to receive honorable mention accolades by the AVCA. All four Broncos recognized have been since Boise State joined the MW in 2011. She finished her incredible four-year career helping the Broncos to new heights as conference champions and NCAA participants.
The three-time All-Mountain West honoree finished this season ranked second in the MW and 44th nationally (as of 12-17-16) for hitting percentage at .362. She was fourth in the conference and 45th in the NCAA for blocks per set at 1.27, as well as fourth in MW and 41st in the nation for total blocks with 145. She finishes her career second in career hitting percentage (.366) at Boise State and top-10 in the MW. O'Donnell tallied 924 career kills, 19th in school history, and 391 blocks, seventh all-time.