Simone Lee, Haleigh Washington Earn All-American Honors
Juniors Simone Lee and Haleigh Washington turned in fantastic seasons for Penn State. On Wednesday, they were named AVCA First-Team All-Americans.
— PennStateVolleyball (@PennStateVBALL) December 14, 2016
For Washington, this marks the second year in a row the Colorado Springs, Colo., native was awarded this prestigious honor. Lee, an outside hitter from Menomonee Falls, Wis., grabbed her first career All-American nod thanks to a tremendous breakout campaign for Russ Rose.
Lee led the Nittany Lions with 503 kills — good for fourth in the Big Ten. For context, classmate Ali Frantti, who was named a Second-Team All-American as a freshman, finished second on the team with 295 kills this season. She was named espnW National Player of the Week following a career-high 30 kills in Penn State’s 3-2 upset over No. 1 Minnesota in Rec Hall.
Washington was one of college volleyball’s most consistent players in 2016, as the middle blocker was third in the nation and tops in the Big Ten with an outstanding hitting percentage of .430. She tallied 291 kills on the year, led the team in blocks with 140, and posted 24 service aces — second only to setter Abby Detering’s 39.
The Big Ten was well-represented on Wednesday, as five more players from the conference joined Washington and Lee. Wisconsin setter Lauren Carlini, Minnesota’s Samantha Seliger-Swenson and Sarah Wilhite, and the Nebraska duo of Kadie Rolfzen and Justine Wong-Orantes all made the first-team.
Penn State now counts 91 total All-American selections in program history, with 41 different Nittany Lions taking home said honors. Rose has had at least one All-American in 37 of his 38 years coaching at University Park.