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All-America Volleyball Honors for Bremond and North

Samantha North (16) and Erin Bremond (13)
Samantha North (16) and Erin Bremond (13)

Erin Bremond earned third team All-America honors and Samantha North was named to the honorable mention All-America list as announced today by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).

Bremond (Mill Creek, Wash. / King's HS), a 5-7 senior middle blocker, capped her outstanding season with the All-America honor. She also earned first team All-Northwest Conference and first team AVCA All-West Region recognition following a season that saw her average 1.02 blocks and 2.68 kills per set while compiling a team-best .341 attack percentage.

"Erin is very deserving of this award," PLU head coach Kevin Aoki said. "Her enthusiasm and her willingness to work hard to improve her game is second to none. Before this year, she had never received any type of award for volleyball in college, so for her to achieve this speaks for itself. In my 16 years as head coach at PLU, she is one of the best athletes ever to play for us."

North (Gig Harbor, Wash. / Gig Harbor HS) had previously earned first team all-conference and all-region honors, in addition to being named the West Region Freshman of the Year. She averaged 9.73 assists per set and was among the team leaders in service aces, digs and blocks.

"What an awesome honor for a freshman setter," Aoki said of North. "For Sam to come in as a freshman and do what she did in running the offense bodes well for the Lutes in the years to come. She does so many things well besides set the ball. She plays great defense, serves tough and is also a very competitive person."

Pacific Lutheran finished the 2011 season with a 21-6 overall record, including a 13-3 mark in the conference that resulted in a second-place finish. PLU advanced to the NCAA Division III postseason for the seventh time since 1999.

Click here to view the entire AVCA All-America list.

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