Tessa Jones and Monica Miesner were named to the AVCA All-South Central Region first team announced Tuesday while Erica Cowhick earned honorable mention. Head coach Chris Herron was named the region's coach of the year. Jones and Miesner will be eligable for the All-America team which will be announced Monday.
Jones, a senior rightside hitter, leads the Lady Blues with 4.39 kills a game and is hitting .316 while junior outside hitter Miesner is second on the team with 3.46 kills and 4.37 digs per game. Cowhick, a senior libero, is the school's career leader in digs and is averaging 5.44 this year.
The fourth-ranked Lady Blues will be hosting the NCAA Women's National Championship November 29 through December 1. They will play at 7:30 p.m. on November 29 against Tampa in the national quarterfinal.
The AVCA's release on Herron
In his sixth season as the head coach of Washburn University (Topeka, Kan.), Chris Herron has built a volleyball powerhouse at the Midwest institution. Washburn began the season as the preseason No. 8 team in the CSTV/AVCA Division II Coaches Top 25 poll, but has steadily risen throughout the weeks to reach as high as No. 4, the best ranking in program history. In 2007, Herron has guided the Lady Blues to a 37-3 record, along with a 12-1 mark in the West division of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAA), marking the first time the Lady Blues have gone through the season without a loss to either Truman or Central Missouri. After ending the 2006 campaign with a 27-9 overall record and a No. 23 final national ranking, Herron has led Washburn to its first regional championship, becoming the program’s all-time winningest coach along the way. The Lady Blues earned the right to host the 2007 Division II National Championships and will face off against defending national champion Tampa on Thursday, November 29. This honor marks the first AVCA Division II South Central Region Coach of the Year award for Herron.