Dec. 6, 2016
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Just a week after earning All-Big Ten honors, University of Michigan volleyball senior middle blocker Abby Cole earned a selection to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-North Region team, and freshman setter MacKenzi Welsh earned an honorable mention, it was announced this afternoon (Tuesday, Dec. 6). Both Wolverines will now be considered for AVCA All-America honors, which will be announced next Wednesday (Dec. 14).
Cole's selection to the AVCA All-North Region team marks her third straight, and she will now be considered for a third consecutive All-America honor. As a junior, Cole was selected to the AVCA All-America second team after earning an AVCA All-America honorable mention as a sophomore. Last week, Cole earned her fourth straight postseason Big Ten Conference selection, after being named to the 2013 All-Freshman team and earning selections to both the 2014 and 2015 all-conference teams.
In her debut season with the Maize and Blue, Welsh earned a selection to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team along with an All-Big Ten honorable mention. A four-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week, Welsh made an immediate impact for the Wolverines, including starting every match and playing every set for the Maize and Blue so far. As a freshman, this is Welsh's first AVCA postseason honor.
Cole, a senior from Grand Haven, Michigan, has played in 34 matches for the Maize and Blue to date, averaging a team-high 3.15 kills per set on a .322 attack average. She also led Wolverine starters with 1.02 blocks per set, guiding her team to victories over four top-25 teams, including Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan State and Oregon.
A freshman from Bolingbrook, Illinois, Welsh has recorded 1,336 assists to date, averaging 10.6 assists per set. She has also recorded 12 assist-dig double-doubles on the year and recorded a career-high 73 assists in Michigan's five-set loss at No. 2 Minnesota during the regular season. Welsh also ranks second on the team with 281 digs at 2.23 digs per set and has totaled 61 blocks so far this season.
Michigan is currently in the midst of its 16th trip the NCAA Tournament and will compete this weekend in the NCAA Regional. First serve for Michigan's Sweet 16 match is set for 5:30 p.m. CST on Friday, Dec. 9, against Creighton in Austin, Texas.
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