Six Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) women's volleyball student-athletes were recently named AVCA Division III All-Americans as announced by the organization.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps' (CMS) Phoebe Madsen, the 2018 SCIAC Athlete of the Year and First Team All-SCIAC selection, was named First Team All-American by the AVCA. Her Athenas' teammate Amanda Walker, also a first team all-conference selection, received Third Team All-American laurels by the AVCA. This is the first All-American honor bestowed upon either player.
Maci Haddad of California Lutheran, Melanie Moore and Sarah Tritschler of CMS, and Kelsie Sievers of La Verne each tabbed Honorable Mention All-American recognition.
Madsen, who is the second Athena all-time to garner AVCA First-Team honors (Margaux Arntson, 2017) is one of five CMS student-athletes to garner All-American status, with all five coming since 2015. Madsen, along with her Athenas teammates, won a second straight SCIAC Postseason Tournament title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship after posting a 3-0 sweep over Augusburg. The Athenas then fell to Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 3-1, concluding their 2018 campaign 27-4 overall, 15-1 in SCIAC play.
Haddad, the West Region Rookie of the Year and a First Team All-SCIAC honoree, led Cal Lutheran to the NCAA Championship after the Regals fell to CMS, 3-0 in the conference tournament final. Cal Lutheran's 18-12 (11-5 SCIAC) season concluded with a 3-0 loss to Illinois Wesleyan in the opening round of the national tournament.
All six All-Americans were previously named to the AVCA All-West Region team, and five of the six were also First Team All-SCIAC selections.