Ashley Benson First-Team All-American

Indiana senior volleyball standout Ashley Benson, who helped the Hoosiers to their first-ever Sweet Sixteen berth, has earned First-Team All-American honors. The IU press release is excerpted below:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Senior middle blocker Ashley Benson is a First Team All-American, one of just 14 players selected by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) on Monday. Benson became the first All-American in IU Volleyball program history last season, earning a spot on the Third Team.

“I know this has been a dream season for Ashley to earn all the honors she has, but more importantly to take this program to the next level and reach the Sweet 16,” said Head Coach Sherry Dunbar. “She has set a standard for IU Volleyball that will be tough to follow and admired for years to come. I feel fortunate to have coached not only such an elite player, but an extraordinary person. She will be greatly missed, but we know big things are on the horizon for Ashley and we will all enjoy watching her success in the future.”

Benson, along with the rest of the 30th annual AVCA Division I All-America team members, will be presented their awards on Dec. 18 at the AVCA All-America/National Players of the Year Banquet in Kansas City, Mo., the night before the NCAA Championship match. In addition, the 2010 All-Americans will be announced to the crowd during the championship match, participate in a photo shoot, an autograph session and meet with Hugh McCutcheon, head coach of the U.S. Volleyball women’s national team, and volleyball legend, Karch Kiraly.

The Bloomington, Ind., native is among the country’s best in both hitting percentage and blocks per set with a top-10 ranking in both statistical categories. Benson concluded the season with a .408 hitting efficiency and a 1.40 blocks per set average, slotting her ninth and 10th, respectively, in all of Division-I volleyball.

The six-foot-three middle pulverized the IU all-time record books this season, setting new marks for career blocks, career hitting efficiency, single-season blocks and single-season hitting efficiency. Not only did Benson break a pair of career records, but she separated herself substantially from second-best. Her .339 attacking clip is 49 points higher than second place (.290) and she has distanced herself by 108 blocks with a four-year total of 629 total blocks. Both single-season records surpassed previous records set by Benson earlier in her career.


Her dominant play also earned Benson unanimous All-Big Ten laurels for the second straight season. Benson cracked the conference’s top-10 in multiple statistical categories, finishing first with 1.40 blocks per set, second with a .408 hitting percentage, fourth with 4.49 points per set and eighth with 3.55 kills per set.


4 comments

  1. Fans of b-ball don’t care about volley,
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    Don Fischer wearing somewhat gay apparel,
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    Tod Leary has a cellmate named Carol,
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  2. That is outstanding. Nothing like a first teamer to boost recruiting.
    If you don’t care about IU women’s volleyball you’ve probably never seen it.

  3. I wonder if ther has been a parent/child combination where both have achieved 1st. Team All American status like Kent and Ashley Bensen have done?

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