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Wisconsin’s Lauren Carlini named to AVCA All-America First Team

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Nelson, Williams, Haggerty and Sheffield also received post-season honors.

David Stluka

Wisconsin senior All-Big Ten setter Lauren Carlini was named to the AVCA All-America/All-Region First Team, her fourth All-American nod and third First Team award.

Carlini, the NCAA active career assists leader and the all-time Wisconsin leader in double-doubles, finished the season with 1,441 assists (11.81 per set) and 320 digs (2.62 per set).

Senior All-Big Ten middle blocker Haleigh Nelson (.396 hitting percentage, 2.51 kills per set, 1.12 blocks per set) was named to the the Second Team. It is her second straight appearance on the Second Team and she received Honorable Mention accolades in 2014.

Sophomore All-Big Ten middle blocker Tionna Williams and Big Ten Freshman of the Year outside hitter Molly Haggerty both took home Third Team honors. Williams hit .326 in 2016, averaging 2.27 kills per set and 1.27 blocks per set. She received Honorable Mention recognition in 2015. Haggerty, who twice took home Big Ten Player of the Week awards, averaged 3.41 kills per set and 2.44 digs per set in 2016. She was also named regional Freshman of the Year for the Northeast Region. Haggerty is the first freshman since Carlini to be named to an All-America team.

The four awardees are the most in school history. Coach Kelly Sheffield was named regional Coach of Year for the Northeast Region.