Wittman named second-team All-American

Charlie Armitz

Gophers volleyball sophomore Ashley Wittman has been named a second-team All-American, as announced Wednesday by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Wittman is the first Minnesota player to earn All-American honors since Lauren Gibbemeyer (first team) and Taylor Carico (third team) did it in 2009.

Sophomore Tori Dixon received All-America honorable mention accolades.

Wittman, an outside hitter, led the Gophers in kills (556) and points (607.5) during the season, while ranking second in the Big Ten behind Ariel Turner in both of those categories. She had 23 kills in Minnesota’s comeback win against Washington in the NCAA tournament’s second round, and tied for a team-high 15 kills in its season-ending loss to Iowa State in the Sweet 16.

Dixon had 334 kills and a .342 hitting percentage as Minnesota’s primary middle blocker. Her 37 aces ranked first on the team and sixth in the Big Ten.

Both Wittman and Dixon were named to the All-Big Ten and All-Mideast Regions for their achievements earlier this season.

By making the All-Region team, both were eligible to become All-Americans. Players that did not make their respective All-Region teams were ineligible.

A full list of All-Americans can be found on the AVCA’s website.