Benson named IU’s first volleyball All-American

Indiana junior middle blocker Ashley Benson was named a third-team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches of America. The release from IU sports information follows:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Junior middle blocker Ashley Benson is officially the first All-American in IU Volleyball history, announced by the American Volleyball Coaches of America on Wednesday. She was named Third-Team All-America.

Benson, along with the rest of the 29th annual AVCA Division I All-America team members, will be presented their awards on Dec. 18 at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet in Tampa, Fla., the night before the NCAA Championship match. In addition, the 2009 All-Americans will be announced to the crowd during the championship match, participate in a photo shoot and meet with Hugh McCutheon, head coach of the US Volleyball women’s national team.

“There is no single individual honor more prestigious than being named to one of the All-America teams,” said Head Coach Sherry Dunbar. “To be the first in Indiana Volleyball history adds to how special that award is to Ashley and our program. I’m very proud of Ashley for her commitment to this team, this program, and Indiana University.”

The Bloomington, Ind., native was a unanimous All-Big Ten selection a few weeks ago, and was among the country’s best in hitting percentage, blocks and points per set. She put together one of the most dominant seasons in the league both offensively and defensively. In addition to shattering the IU record for season hitting efficiency with her .361 efficiency, Benson could be found all over the Big Ten’s statistical leaders as well. That .361 attack percentage slotted her fourth in the conference and 29th nationally. The 6-foot-3 middle blocker also cracked the top-10 in kills, blocks, points and service aces:

6th with 1.18 blocks per set (49th nationally)
7th with 4.24 points per set
8th with 3.32 kills per set
9th with 0.26 aces per set

In just three years leading the IU Volleyball program, Coach Dunbar has guided two Hoosiers to national recognition. Erica Short became just the second Hoosier to earn All-America Honorable Mention honors in 2008.

5 comments

  1. Congrats to Ashley and the hoosiers! This is quite and honor for her and the program. Ashley is truly deserving of this honor. She is incredibile to watch and has blossomed in to quite the player in her time at IU. Her energy on the court is contagious to the crowd and her team! Again, congrats to Ashley, the team, Coach Dunbar and to IU.

  2. First of all, congrats Ash.

    Secondly, it isn’t American Volleyball Coaches of America. It is the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

    Nice Dodgeball reference, though.

  3. Congrats to Ashley. As a proud Dad myself who attended IU the same years as her Dad, it also gives me pleasure to imagine the look on Benny’s face about now.

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