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Four Texas Volleyball student-athletes earn 2012 AVCA All-America honors

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Four Texas Volleyball student-athletes have earned 2012 AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) All-America honors as announced today. Bailey Webster and Haley Eckerman earned first team honors while Khat Bell and Sha’Dare McNeal received honorable mention recognition. This is the second straight year that Webster earned first team recognition while Eckerman earned second team honors last year. This is the first time that either Bell or McNeal have earned All-America recognition.

Eckerman, the 2012 Big 12 Player of the Year, leads the Longhorns with 476 kills this season (4.45 kps) while hitting .299 with 41 aces (0.38 saps), 221 digs (2.07 dps), 44 blocks (0.41 bps) and 544.0 points.

Webster currently has 403 kills (3.84 kps) while hitting .353 with 65 digs (0.62 dps), 84 blocks (0.80 bps) and 456.5 points.

Bell, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last November, is third on the team with 212 kills (2.12 kps). While hitting .321 so far this season, she has 15 aces (0.16 saps), 129 blocks (1.36 bps) and 287.5 points.

McNeal, the lone senior on the team, has 198 kills this season (1.94 kps) while hitting .351 with 76 assists (0.75 aps) with 18 aces (0.18 saps), 249 digs (2.44 dps), 85 blocks (0.83 bps) and 264.0 points.

A total of 36 players in UT Volleyball history have been named All-American, earning a total of 90 All-America honors.

Texas plays Michigan tomorrow in the NCAA national semifinal at 6 p.m. Central Time on ESPN2 with the winner playing for the 2012 national championship on Saturday (Dec. 15).

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