Midwest Collegiate Conference Player of the year and Viterbo University junior volleyball player, Alicia Olson (Eau Claire, Wis.), was recently honored by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for being a Second Team All-American. Olson becomes the first volleyball player in school history to earn multiple All-American honors as she was named a First Team recipient last season.
“I am so happy for Alicia and her All American selection, it is well deserved,” commented V-Hawk Head Coach Ryan DeLong. “Olson is one of the most dominating players in the NAIA and teams game plan for her every night but she still finds ways to have tremendous success. This past year Olson just took games over and refused for us to lose. Olson is arguably the best athlete I have seen as well as the most humble; she's just a great player and a great human being!”
After having the best single offensive season in school history as a sophomore, Olson followed that up this season with another very impressive performance. She finished with 669 kills on the season which is just short of her school record from a year ago. She averaged an impressed 4.61 kills per set and finished with a .287 hitting percentage. Olson’s kill total and kills per set average ranked #1 in the country (NAIA). The difference this season from last was that Olson did not just make her impact on the offensive side of the net as she became a six rotation player this season. Playing in 145 sets this season, Olson finished fourth on the team with 300 digs and third on the team in total blocks with 75.
Olson helped lead the V-Hawks to a 33-12 record just missing out on a bid to the NAIA National Tournament. The V-Hawks fell in both the final regular season game and MCC Championship game to Grand View University who advanced to the national quarterfinals. Although Olson would like to have a similar individual season next year she is more focused on helping lead the V-Hawks back to the national tournament where they made a name for themselves last season. The V-Hawks do graduate three seniors from this year’s roster but Olson and Coach DeLong believe they have the pieces in both returners and a talented recruiting class to once again be a nationally ranked team.
--Courtesy Viterbo Athletics