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Sievertsen, Hahn, Bigbee, Kintzel earn All-American honors
PHILDELPHIA, Pa. – Senior placekicker Tyler Sievertsen has been named to the 2013 The Sports Network FCS All-America First Team, it was announced today.
This is Sievertsen's second All-America honor this season after being named to the Beyond Sports Network All-America second team. It is his sixth All-America honor in his career.
Sievertsen finished the 2013 season 21 of 27 from field goals and a perfect 34-of-34 on PATs. He set a new school record for consecutive PATs made at 114-of-114 to clouse out his career as a Panther. He scored a career-long 50-yard field goal against North Dakota State and came away with a career-high four field goals made twice during the season.
He was named one of 10 finalists for the 2013 Fred Mitchell Award, along with being honored with the 2013 College Football Performance Awards Elite Placekicker Award. He was named to the MVFC All-Conference first team and recognized as the MVFC Special Teams Player of the Week and CFPA National Placekicker of the Week twice this season.
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State libero Kristen Hahn earned her third career All-American honor from the American Volleyball Coaches Association Wednesday as she was named to the AVCA Division I All-America Second Team. Right side Mackenzie Bigbee earned AVCA Division I Honorable Mention All-America honors.
This marks the sixth consecutive year that Iowa State has had multiple players honored by the AVCA All-American Committee. Hahn was a second team honoree in 2012 and earned an honorable mention in 2011. She becomes the fifth player in program history to make an AVCA All-America team at least twice, joining Victoria Henson, Alison Landwehr, Kaylee Manns and Ashley Mass (who did it three times). Counting honorable mentions, Hahn joins Henson and Mass to be recognized by the AVCA three times.
Bigbee becomes the 10th player in program history to be recognized by the AVCA All-American Committee. Of those 10 student-athletes, she is the sixth to earn the recognition as a sophomore, joining Hahn, Henson, Victoria Hurtt, Mass and Jamie Straube.
Hahn's second team designation marks the sixth-consecutive season an ISU libero has earned All-American distinction. The three-time Big 12 Libero of the Year and two-time unanimous All-Big 12 and AVCA All-Region honoree, Hahn led the Big 12 for all but one week of the season in digs per set, finishing the season at 5.72 digs per set. Going into the NCAA Championship, Hahn was ranked third in the country in digs per set. Hahn was the first libero in conference history to be a unanimous All-Big 12 First Team selection twice. She holds the school record for most consecutive matches with at least 10 digs (67), most career matches with 20 digs (49) and most career matches with 30 digs (eight).
Bigbee was one of the most consistent hitters in the Big 12 this season which helped her garner the third-most votes among outside hitters/right side hitters in the region. Bigbee finished with 324 kills at 3.20 kills per set. In adjusting to her role as an all-rotations player, Bigbee finished the season with 136 digs at 1.35 digs per set.
SEATTLE, Wa.- University of Northern Iowa middle blocker Shelby Kintzel earned American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I Honorable Mention All-America. This is the first time Kintzel has received this honor.
Kintzel finished the 2013 season averaging 2.71 kills per set, 0.95 blocks per set, and a .308 hitting percentage in the 2013 season. She earned MVC Scholar-Athlete first team honors for the third time in her career as well as All-MVC first team status for the second year in a row.
Kintzel was named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-District volleyball team, representing District VI, for the second time in her career. She was also named to the 2013 American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Region first team and to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Division I volleyball first team. Kintzel finished her career tied for sixth all-time at UNI in sets played (475). She also finished 10th all-time at UNI in both block solos (62) and in total blocks (446).
Kintzel finished her five year Panther career with a 142-26 overall playing record and an impressive 84-6 record in the Missouri Valley Conference, including three MVC undefeated seasons. During that time, the Panthers earned four MVC regular season championships and three MVC Tournament titles. They had four NCAA Tournament appearances, three of which went into the second round.