Dec. 18, 2013
LEXINGTON, Ky. (SMU) - Avery Acker was became the fourth player in program history to earn All-America status, earning honorable mention to the 2013 AVCA All-America team. The sophomore setter joins Dana Powell, Kendra Kahanek and current-player Caroline Young, as Mustangs to earn All-American honors, and was one of just two players from the American Athletic Conference to earn the award this season. This is the first year All-Region honorable mention award winners were eligible for All-America status. Acker's statistics and video clips were reviewed by the All-America Committee, which then deemed her worthy of the prestigious honor.
Acker led The American in conference matches, averaging 11.56 assists per set, and is second in the league and 25th in the NCAA with 11.21 per set overall. She finished the season with 1,199, ranking ninth in a single season at SMU. She was also second on the team with 264 digs, recording a team-high 12 double-doubles. She had a career-high 57 assists in four sets against Davidson, and a career-high 17 digs in four sets at Rutgers, posting double-doubles in both matches.
The Poth, Texas, native finished the season with 54 kills, hitting .298, and recorded 65 blocks, including three solo blocks. Acker was named Setter of the Year in the American Athletic Conference, and earned first team all-conference accolades. She also earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors.
The Mustangs finished second in the inaugural season of the American Athletic Conference, going 14-4 in league matches, and were 22-9 overall. SMU posted a 10-2 mark in home matches at the Dedman Center on campus, and will return to newly-renovated Moody Coliseum for the 2014 season.