Dec. 6, 2011
LEXINGTON, Ky. - With the 2011 volleyball season and both of their collegiate volleyball careers coming to an end, it’s time for New Mexico seniors Ashley Rhoades and Allison Buck to sit back and start collecting their hardware. Both Rhoades and Buck were named to the 14-person All-West Region team announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association today.
For Buck, the honor is just one of the multiple career moments she has enjoyed over the course of this season. The Camas, Wash., native became UNM’s all-time career digs leader this season, recording 1,630 digs for her career to pass former Lobo Gayle Tripp for the all-time spot. She also set the all-time single-season digs record at UNM with 561 digs in 2011. Her 561 digs this season bested her previous season high of 455 digs and surpassed Sharon Browning’s 1992 record of 499. The senior was also named to four all-tournament teams in 2011 including: the MCM Elegante Classic, the Comcast/Sheraton Lobo Invitational, the Fiesta Bowl Classic and the Pitt Blue and Gold Classic.
Buck’s most memorable match of the season was against Delaware at the Pitt Blue and Gold Classic on Sept. 17. Buck finished the match, recording a career-high and league-high 36 digs in UNM’s 3-1 victory over the Blue Hens.
“This honor is amazing,” Buck said. “I wouldn’t have gotten this without the help of my teammates and my coaches. Both my teammates and my coaches pushed me to be a better player everyday in practice and it feels great that the AVCA noticed my hard work.”
Rhoades, who enjoyed the best season of her career, receives the honor after having led the entire Mountain West in both kills (3.89 per set) and points (4.52 per set). Rhoades also climbed her way up the UNM record books, moving into the No. 4 all-time spot on UNM’s career total blocks list. The senior recorded 327 blocks, moving her past Linda Archuleta (1980-82, ‘84). She also claimed the No. 4 spot all time in block assists at UNM with 264. Rhoades finished the 2011 season with 408 kills as a middle blocker. It was the first time in her career recording over 300 and 400 kills in a season. The 408 kills helped catapult her over the 1,000 points plateau for her career as well. The senior was also named to four all-tournament teams in 2011 including: the MCM Elegante Classic, the Comcast/Sheraton Lobo Invitational, the Fiesta Bowl Classic and the Pitt Blue and Gold Classic.
Rhoades most memorable match of the season came on Oct. 1, when she recorded a league-high 31 kills in a 3-1 win at Boise State. She also had 36 points to go along with eight blocks and two digs in the match. Rhoades’ 31 kills and 36 points were the most recorded by any MW player in a single match in 2011.
“I'm really honored that Allison and I received this honor," Rhoades said. "It's a great honor, but I couldn't have done it without the people that got me to where I am today."
The two seniors were part of nine Mountain West student-athletes named the All-West team, which includes honorable mention candidates. Both Lobos will now have a chance to advance to the national ballot for AVCA All-America honors.