Complete AVCA All-American Teams
COLUMBUS, OH - Rice volleyball athletes Chelsey Harris and Madison McDaniel were named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-America team, the organization announced on Wednesday (Dec. 14).
It marks the first time the Owls have had two players garner AVCA All-America honors since Nancy Cole and Megan Murphy did so in 2012. Harris and McDaniel also become the 11th and 12th, respectively, different Owls to earn AVCA All-American accolades in school history.
Harris, a native of Houston, was selected to the Conference USA First Team for the first time in her career this past season and was named to the C-USA Championship All-Tournament Team. She led the team in total kills (432-3rd in C-USA), kills per set (3.57-5th in C-USA) and total points (475.0-4th in C-USA). This season she became just the 14th player in Rice history to surpass 1,000 career kills and finished her career with the seventh-most kills (1,357) in school history.
McDaniel, from The Woodlands, Texas, was also selected to the C-USA First Team and led the league with 21 double-doubles. McDaniel led the Owls and all of C-USA in total assists (1,291), assists per set (10.67-3rd in C-USA) and was second on the team in total digs (391) and digs per set (3.23). She recorded her 2,000th career assists in a win over North Texas (10/28) and earned the C-USA Setter of the Week (10/17) and the C-USA Defensive Player of the Week (10/3).
Harris and McDaniel were both selected to the AVCA Southwest Region team on Dec. 6. The AVCA All-America selections are made by the AVCA Division I All-America Committee.