CVB: SMSU's Reiss Named AVCA Central Region Player of Year

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Southwest Minnesota State University senior Taylor Reiss has been named the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Central Region Player of the Year the organization announced on Wednesday.

It’s the second straight year Reiss has earned the region’s top award and it’s the third straight season she has been named first team AVCA All-Region.

Reiss, an outside hitter from Taunton, Minn., and the 2017 AVCA National Player of the Year, closed her outstanding senior season leading SMSU in kills (664), while hitting .306 (664-151—1,676) with 394 digs, 69 blocks and 34 service aces.

Reiss, who was named the Conference Commissioner’s Association (CCA) Region Player of the Year and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Year earlier this month, currently ranks first in the latest (Nov. 17) Division II national statistics in kills, points per set (6.42) and kills per set (5.72), while ranking second in attacks per set (14.45) and third in total attacks with 1,676.

Reiss finished her four-year career ranking second in team history in kills (2,146), second in kills per set (4.94), second in attempts (5,293), second in points (2,431.5) and ninth in hitting percentage (.309).

Reiss helped the Mustangs to a 23-9 overall record and another appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Central Region
Name School Pos. Yr.
Bria Barfnecht Sioux Falls RS Sr.
Maddy Bruder Northwest Missouri St. OH Sr.
Audrey Fisher Central Missouri MH Sr.
Zoe Hardin Harding MB Sr.
Sarah Kelly ** Minnesota-Duluth MB Sr.
Brooklyn Lewis** Concordia-St. Paul RS Sr.
Ellie McDonnell Nebraska-Kearney L Sr.
Sara Macek Concordia-St. Paul MB Jr.
Allison Maxwell Washburn MB So.
Elizabeth Mohr** Concordia-St. Paul S Sr.
Morgan Olson MSU-Mankato RS Jr.
Taylor Reiss*** Southwest Minnesota St. OH Sr.
Ashley Rozell Northern State S RS-Jr.
Emily Torve Minnesota-Duluth S Jr.
Honorable Mention
Name School Pos. Yr.
Taylor Bevis Central Oklahoma OH Sr.
Hailey Busch Northern State OH RS-Sr.
Shayla Conner Washburn S Sr.
Kylie Hohlen Central Missouri OH Sr.
Courtney Place Augustana OH Sr.
Laura Snyder Northern State RS So.
Region Player of the Year: Taylor Reiss, SMSU, OH
Region Freshman of the Year: Linsey Rachel, St. Cloud State, OH
Region Coach of the Year: Chris Herron, Washburn