KEARNEY – Nebraska-Kearney super seniors Anna Squiers and Madison Squiers are repeat selections on the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division II All-American team.
This team is voted upon by a panel of head coaches from around the country. A student-athlete first has to be named to their respective All-Region team before they can be considered for All-American honors. Due to the pandemic, there wasn’t a 2020 AVCA D2 All-American team.
Madison (setter) makes the second-team once again with Anna (middle blocker) moving from honorable mention honors in 2019 to third-team this year. They become the 12th and 13th Lopers, respectively, in the D2 era (1990-present) to earn multiple All-American honors in a career.
UNK had another efficient and potent offense this year with Madison at the helm. The Lopers hit .268 and averaged 14.4 kills per set with six different attackers recording at least 130 kills. Madison came in at 11.6 assists, 3.1 digs, 0.8 kills, 0.5 service aces and 0.4 blocks per set while hitting .272. She appeared in all 115 sets, led the Lopers in aces (53) and ranked second in digs (354). Finally, Madison finishes up her career with 6,248 assists and 1,637 digs which includes two seasons at Bellevue.
In the middle, Anna came in at 2.7 kills, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 digs per set while hitting a team-high .372. Also leading the team in all three blocking categories, she served up 22 aces and appeared in 108 sets. Coming back from injury that forced her to miss the MIAA Tournament finals, she racked up 21 blocks in the NCAA Tournament. Her 13 in the first round win over Northwest Missouri State were a new career-high and two off the school-record. Finally, Anna ends her career with 1,074 kills, 385 blocks, and 369 digs in 463 sets played.
The Lopers went 26-7 in this past year, reaching the NCAA Tournament for a 22nd straight year, recording the program’s 33rd all-time NCAA win and having a 12-match win streak.