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Allyssa VanWienen named to the AVCA DII All-America Second Team!

The Hillsdale College women's volleyball team is on an impressive run in 2021.  

At 30-4 overall, Chargers are one of just eight teams left in the hunt for the NCAA Division II national championship this weekend in Tampa, Florida after capturing the Midwest Regional championship on Saturday with a 3-1 over Ferris State.

You don't get to this stage without talented players, and the American Volleyball Coaches Association is well aware of that fact.

On Tuesday afternoon, the AVCA announced that three Charger volleyball players had joined an exclusive group, both across the nation and in program history, in earning NCAA DII All-American honors for the 2021 season as selected by the organization.

One of those players is senior middle hitter and GRCHS graduate Allyssa Van Wienen (Class of 2017) who was named to the AVCA DII All-America Second Team. With the second-team honor, Van Wienen becomes just the fourth player in Hillsdale College volleyball history to earn All-American honors twice, joining Ashlee Crowder (2009-10-11), Clara Leutheuser (2009-10-11), and former teammate Paige Vanderwall (2017-18).

A 2019 first-team All-American to both the AVCA and the Division II Conference Commissioner's Association, as well as a 2020-21 CoSIDA Academic All-American, Van Wienen continues to be an impact player for the Chargers in her final season, finishing second on the team in kills (340) and kills per set (3.18), leading the team and the Great Midwest Athletic Conference in blocks per set (1.01) and solo blocks (31) and finishing second on the team with 436.5 points.

For her career, Van Wienen is also leaving an outsized mark on Hillsdale College, sitting third in program history with 1,443 career kills and fifth with 419 career blocks. She's the only player in Charger history to exceed 1,400 kills and 400 blocks in her career.

Van Wienen has been stellar throughout the Chargers' NCAA Tournament run so far, contributing 39 kills and hitting .315 in three victories, including upsets of the top two seeds in the Midwest Region, Michigan Tech and Ferris St.

The Chargers (30-4) open play in Tampa, Florida on Thursday at 5 p.m. in a quarterfinal matchup with fifth-seeded Gannon. A victory there would advance the Chargers to the Final Four round against either top-seeded Tampa or eighth-seeded Augusta at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

Congratulations, Allyssa, on this well-deserved honor!

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