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November 13, 2012

Huston Earns Second Team All-America Recognition

Bethany Huston, Pacific Lutheran's prolific junior middle blocker, has earned American Volleyball Coaches Association Second Team All-America honors.

PLU players named to the AVCA All-America honorable mention list were senior libero Blair Bjorkman and sophomore setter Samantha North. All three Pacific Lutheran players previously earned All-Northwest Conference and AVCA All-West Region first team honors.

Huston (Kennewick, Wash. / Kamiakin HS) led the Lutes with 1.35 blocks per set this season and also finished with 2.50 kills per set while hitting a team-best .256.

"Bethany did an awesome job as one of the top blockers in the country," PLU head coach Kevin Aoki said. "For her to receive this honor shows that she is doing well and the team is doing well. She had these kind of statistics against some highly ranked teams."

Bjorkman topped the Lutes and the conference with 5.80 digs per set and also was the team leader with 33 service aces. "Blair had an outstanding senior season," Aoki said, "and for her to get this recognition is awesome. A lot of the time the libero goes unnoticed. She had a great four-year career at PLU."

North, who missed the team's last eight matches after suffering a knee injury, ended the year with averages of 10.14 assists, 2.89 digs and 1.32 kills per set. She is a two-time AVCA honorable mention All-America recipient. "Sam's season was outstanding but it was cut short by an ACL injury. For her to be honored shows a lot about her ability. I am excited that she will be back for two more years," Aoki said.

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