(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced its NAIA VolleyballAll-Americans, including two Park University players. Wanessa Siqueira is a First-Team AVCA NAIA All-American, and Lauren Purdy landed on the AVCA's third team.
Siqueira posted record-setting numbers in 2013 including a school-record 632 kills on another school record, 1,400 attempts. She hit .309, offensively, and was also a defensive cog for the Pirates, blocking 100 balls for points and adding 304 digs.
With 1,329 career kills (including freshman-season numbers at Hannibal-LaGrange), the Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) native stands to leave the NAIA as one of its top players on record, statistically. Siqueira, a junior, has 1,017 kills in a Park uniform, becoming the first Pirate since Jilian Creighton to top 1,000 kills in a career.
"We said this last week when she was named all-region, but Wanessa's best volleyball is still in front of her," said Park coach Mike Talamantes. "She will tell you that the records don't mean anything to her, and she still has business to take care of on the court."
Twice in 2013, Siqueira posted a career-high 31 kills, in wins over national caliber competition, beating Kansas Wesleyan University in four sets and MidAmerica Nazarene University in five.
Park's Third-Team All-American, according to the AVCA, Purdy left Park as its best blocker in the 25-point rally scoring era and its fifth-best blocker all time. She had 118 blocks, one shy of the 25-point single-season record, leading to 232 career putbacks to rank atop the 25-point era.
Purdy also had 417 kills in 2013, adding to her 2012 total of 439, which stood as a 25-point record until Siqueira's 632. Purdy finished with 856 career kills, third-most in the 25-point era and eighth all-time for the Pirates. An Arlington (Texas) native, Purdy hit .359 in 2013, which does stand as a single-season Park record, and she finished her two-year Park career hitting .349.
With two additional seasons at West Texas A&M University, where Purdy played for an NCAA Division II national championship, she ended her career with 1,204 career kills and 415 total blocks.
"You don't replace a Lauren Purdy," Talamantes said. "She pushed this program to be better each season and set the standards exceptionally high for future leaders."
Park closed its women's volleyball season with a 35-7 record, ending with a five-set win over Trinity Christian (Ill.) last week in the pool play round of the NAIA Volleyball National Championship in Sioux City, Iowa.
The NAIA will also announce its All-America teams Monday (Dec. 9), and CoSIDA will put out its Capital One Academic All-America Teams near the same time. Purdy and Siqueira are likely to be featured on both lists.