PERU, Neb. – Peru State senior libero Cristina Viera (Montevideo, Uruguay) was named to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-America Honorable Mention list. Last year, Viera was a third team honoree.
The NAIA announced the 2017 Volleyball All-America Teams, as well as the coach of the year, player of the year and libero of the year, chosen by the NAIA Volleyball All-America Selection Committee on Tuesday.
Lindsey Wilson’s (Ky.) senior setter Makenzie Montano was named as the player of the year. Her team was the national champion. Chad Hanson of Dordt (Iowa) was named coach of the year while Jill Bax of Hastings was named libero of the year.
Viera finished the season first in the NAIA in digs per game at 6.680, fifth in total digs with 828, and 44th in total service aces with 52. In just two years, Viera finished seventh in the career digs category at Peru State with 1,725. Her 828 digs this season is third for a single-season as last year she set the top mark with 897.
Other previous volleyball All-America honors went to Kristi (Deleeuw) Herman – a second team honoree in 1991 and Jackie Egger – a first team honoree in 1993. Jill (Parker) Scanlon (formerly of Auburn) was recognized in 1995 as a second team honoree. Two years ago, Shannon Liewer, also a libero, from Imperial, earned honorable mention recognition.