Dec. 3, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (SMU) - Avery Acker was named Setter of the Year in the American Athletic Conference, and the sophomore is one of five Mustangs to earn all-conference honors after leading SMU to a 22-9 record and a second-place finish during the inaugural season of the league.
Acker was joined on the first team by junior outside hitter Caroline Young and freshman middle blocker Janelle Giordano. Cailin Bula and Abbey Bybel were named to the second team, as voted on by the league's coaches.
With 1,199 assists this season, Acker became the sixth player in SMU history with 1,000 during a season, averaging 11.21 per set. She led the league in conference matches, averaging 11.56 per set with a league-high 728. She also had 264 digs, finishing with a team-high 12 double-doubles, including a career-high 17 digs with 51 assists in a four-set win at Rutgers. She eclipsed 50 assists five times this season, with a career-high 57 in a four-set win against Davidson.
Young earned her third all-conference award, earning first-team honors last season after being named to the All-Freshman team in 2011. She ranked second in conference matches with 3.51 kills per set, and was eighth in the league with a .318 attack percentage. Young had at least 10 kills 23 times, including 14 of 18 conference matches. She had four double-doubles, finishing with 167 digs, and had 73 blocks. She was also named conference Player of the Week a league-best four times this season.
Giordano led the team and ranked sixth in the league with a .308 attack percentage, and hit .320 in conference matches, ranking seventh. She averaged 1.19 blocks per set in league play, ranking sixth, and finished the season with 113 total blocks, including a season-high eight against San Francisco. Giordano also scored 219 kills, and had at least 10 in a match four times.
Bybel finished second on the team with 268 kills, finishing with at least 10 in 14 matches, including eight league matches. She ranked 15th in the league, averaging 2.68 kills per set in conference matches, and had three double-doubles, recording a career-high 15 digs at Temple. She had 212 digs, third on the team, and 37 blocks.
Bula recorded 232 kills, reaching double figures in a match 12 times, and led the conference in aces per set. She had 29 on the season, and was tied for the league-lead with 21 in conference matches. Bula had a career-high 17 kills at home against South Florida, and finished with 15 against Davidson. She also had 74 digs and 42 blocks.