Cowley College sophomore Caroline Foster earned All-American third-team honors by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
The honor is for all two year schools in the nation and includes players from the NJCAA D-I, D-II, NJCAA D-III, the California Community College Athletic Association and the Northwest Athletic Conference totaling 462 programs. Players who received All-America honors in each league were put together and voted on to make one of the three All-America teams.
“The AVCA is a prestigious organization that works each day to promote the sport and the players,” Cowley coach Steven Gream said. “This honor is very special in that it is not only for our very competitive NJCAA D-II league, but all of the two-year college leagues combined. So for Caroline to receive this honor is exceptional to see how she stood against other players throughout the nation in 2019.”
Foster, a native of Blue Springs, Mo., finished the season with 1,430 assists at 11.17 assists per set, 41 kills, 330 digs at 2.58 digs per set, and 50 aces at 0.39 aces per set. Her 1,430 assists placed her fourth in the nation and her 11.17 assists per set was tops in the nation. She was also first in the region in total assists, first in the region in assists per set, and eighth in total aces.
She was selected an NJCAA second-team All-American, first-team All-District and first-team All-Conference, earned KJCCC Setter of the Year honors, was named Best Setter at the Triton Invitational, made the Cowley Invitational All-Tournament and Triton Invitational All-Tournament teams, and was KJCCC Setter of the Week four times.
Her 1,430 assists placed her fourth in Cowley history in assists in a season and her 2,319 career assists also are fourth in Cowley history.
Each of the three AVCA All-America teams are comprised of 15 athletes. Of the 45 selections, nine players were selected from the NJCAA D-II ranks.
Foster joins Coffeyville’s Faith Simpson and Fort Scott’s Juliana Squire among the KJCCC D-II honorees, along with fellow KJCCC D-I members Yalis Feliz and Laura De Pra of Seward County.
“Caroline was a setter that gave us a floor captain that ran our high powered offense smoothly with accuracy and tempo combined with her great defense and serving skills,” Gream said. “Her hard work and determination to improve each day, allowed her to play at the level of play that she did.”
The Lady Tigers finished with a 31-6 record and ranked seventh in the final NJCAA ranking.