Dec. 12, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Northwestern outside hitter Stephanie Holthus has been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America Third Team, the organization announced today (Dec. 12). Holthus becomes the fourth student-athlete in program history to receive a national All-America accolade.
"Stephanie is very deserving of this honor," said Chan. "She has put a great deal of time and effort to improve her volleyball every year, and is committed to success.
"She is a great example of what it means to be a student-athlete at Northwestern," said Chan. "We are very proud of Stephanie for being a tremendous role model in our program and we are extremely excited to have her around for another year."
Holthus, an All-Mideast Region honoree, led the Wildcats with 487 kills in 2012, which ties for the fifth-best output in single-season NU history. The Burlington, Ill., native's clip of 4.27 kills per set left her tied for third in program annals. Holthus led Northwestern with 18 double-double performances and she recorded at least 20 kills in a match on 10 occasions during the season.
|[Stephanie Holthus Highlights]|
The two-time All-Big Ten performer achieved a pair of significant milestones during the 2012 campaign. Holthus collected the 1,000th kill of her career during the opening weekend of Big Ten play against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, becoming the 20th player in Northwestern history to accomplish the feat. Through the course of the season Holthus rose steadily on NU's all-time list and concluded the season in 10th place with 1,294 kills.
Holthus also made her presence felt in the back row for the Wildcats this season. She ranked second on the team with 347 digs this year and during the season finale against Nebraska, Holthus notched the 1,000th dig of her career, becoming the 15th player in Northwestern history to do so. She finished the season with 1,003 career digs.
Holthus is NU's first All-American since her former teammate, Sabel Moffett, was named to the Second Team in 2010. Prior to Moffett, Madelyn Meneghetti was named a Second Team CVCA All-American in 1984 and Patty Walsh was tabbed as an AIAW All-American in 1980 and 1983.
The junior attacker joins Moffett (Second Team - 2010; Honorable Mention - 2009), Naomi Johnson (Honorable Mention - 2010) and Kate Nobilio (Honorable Mention - 2009) as previously recognized All-Americans during the Chan era, which began at NU in 2000. Erika Lange was named to the AVCA All-Mideast Region team in 2002, as well, however, the current distinction of AVCA All-America Honorable Mention obtained by members of the All-Region team was not instituted by the organization until the following season.
Be the first to know what's going on with the 'Cats -- Follow @NU_Sports on Twitter, become a fan of Northwestern Athletics on Facebook, subscribe to the NU Sports Express e-newsletter and sign up to receive promotional text alerts for the latest news, schedule updates and video and to interact with NU. For more information on following specific Northwestern teams online, visit our Social Media page!