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Utah Vollyball Outside Hitter Adora Anae Named an All-American

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Utah volleyball junior outside hitter Adora Anae was named an American Volleyball Cosches Association second-team All-America earlier this week. She is only the second Utah volleyball player to earn this honor. She helped lead the Utah volleyball team to an upset of BYU in Provo and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Anae is the older sister of Utah football freshman defensive end Bradlee Anae.

Below is the complete press release from the University of Utah:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Utah junior outside hitter Adora Anae was named an AVCA Second Team All-American selection, the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced on Wednesday.

Anae is one of 42 student-athletes comprising the All-American team, while 68 players were tabbed honorable mention selections.

Anae becomes the ninth different Utah player to earn AVCA All-American honors overall and the first player to be honored since Shelby Dalton, who was named Honorable Mention in 2013. Anae is Utah's first student-athlete to be named to the All-American Team since Lori Baird was tabbed a Third Team selection back in 2008.

Anae joins Airial Salvo (2006) as the only players in school history to earn AVCA Second Team All-American honors.

"I am incredibly excited for Adora to be recognized by the AVCA as an All-American," Utah head coach Beth Launiere said. "She has worked hard throughout her career to become a great player and great teammate, and played a big role in our team's success this year. This is such a tremendous honor and I couldn't be happier for Adora."

Anae, who was named to the AVCA All-Pacific South Region Team just last week, registered a single-season school record 592 kills, which ranked first in the Pac-12 and sixth in the nation. She is just one of 21 players in the nation to collect 500 kills or more on the season.

An All-Pac-12 First Team selection, Anae racked up 4.70 kills-per-set, which ranked 10th in the nation, along with a 5.22 points-per-set average that led the Pac-12 and ranked 11th in the nation. She totaled 27 service aces, 34 assists and also collected 54 total blocks.

Anae also led the Utes with 407 digs on the season, becoming the only player in school history to register 500 kills and 400 digs in the same year. Of the 10 players in the nation that boast at least a 4.70 kills-per-set average, Anae is the only one to also averaged 3.2 digs-per-set.

This is the 36th annual AVCA Division I All-America Teams for women's volleyball. The awards will be presented Dec. 16, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet. The event is held in conjunction with the 2016 AVCA Convention.

Below is a list of Utah Volleyball All-Americans:

Kim Turner, Third Team (2003)

Lyndsey Henderson, HM (2004)

Shelly Sommerfeldt, HM (2005)

Airial Salvo, Second Team (2006)

Whitney Webb, Third Team (2006)

Emillie Toone, HM (2006 and 2008)

Lori Baird, Third Team (2008)

Shelby Dalton, HM (2013)

Adora Anae, Second Team (2016)