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Payton Rund (left) and Lindsey Knudsen (right) were named AVCA Honorable Mention All-America Thursday.
Payton Rund (left) and Lindsey Knudsen (right) were named AVCA Honorable Mention All-America...
BVB | Knudsen, Rund Named AVCA All-America
Release: Friday 05/18/2017 
by SMC Athletics

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Saint Mary's beach volleyball's top pair of Lindsey Knudsen and Payton Rund was named Honorable Mention All-America Thursday by the American Volleyball Coaches Association following a very successful spring season.

It is the first All-America honor for both Knudsen and Rund, as well as the first for the Saint Mary's beach volleyball program. The All-America accolades pile on to Knudsen and Rund's already decorated 2017 season. Both were named to the all-West Coast Conference first team. Knudsen was named WCC Defensive Player of the Year. And the SMC duo was named the National Pair of the Week by DiG Beach Volleyball Magazine for the week of March 20-26.

Knudsen and Rund played at the No. 1 spot for the Gaels all season long, going 24-5 with nine wins over top pairs from nationally ranked teams. The pair was also selected to play in the USA Volleyball Beach Collegiate Championship, where they reached the quarterfinals and were two points from making it to the final day.

Seven different schools are represented in this year's AVCA All-America class. The University of Southern California leads the way as the only institution netting multiple pairs. A total of five players are earning multiple All-American honors, with Southern California's Sarah Hughes becoming the first player in AVCA history to garner four awards in collegiate beach. Her partner, Kelly Claes, joins Florida State's Jace Pardon (2016, 2013-2014) as the only players to be named AVCA All-American on exactly three occasions.

2017 AVCA Beach All-America Team

Name

Institution

Year

Hometown

Leigh Andrew

Florida State

Gr.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Brooke Kuhlman

Florida State

So.

Naples, Fla.

Molly Turner

Grand Canyon

Jr.

Naperville, Ill.

Tjasa Kotnik

Grand Canyon

R-Sr.

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Nele Barber

Long Beach State

Jr.

Berlin

Rachel Nieto

Long Beach State

Jr.

Walnut Creek, Calif.

Madalyn Roh

Pepperdine

So.

Scottsdale, Ariz.

Delaney Knudsen

Pepperdine

Sr.

Valencia, Calif.

Megan McNamara**

UCLA

So.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Nicole McNamara**

UCLA

So.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Morgan Martin

Hawai'i

Fr.

Mission Viejo, Calif.

Mikayla Tucker

Hawai'i

Sr.

Placerville, Calif.

Kelly Claes***

Southern California

Sr.

Fullerton, Calif.

Sara Hughes****

Southern California

Sr.

Costa Mesa, Calif.

Allie Wheeler

Southern California

Sr.

Saratoga, Calif.

Sophie Bukovec**

Southern California

Sr.

Toronto

* = Denotes number of years selected to an AVCA Collegiate Beach All-America team

2017 AVCA Beach Honorable Mention All-America

Name

Institution

Year

Hometown

Savannah Slattery

Loyola Marymount

Fr.

Malibu, Calif.

Sarah Sponcil

Loyola Marymount

Jr.

Phoenix

Payton Rund

Saint Mary's

So.

Albany, Ore.

Lindsey Knudsen

Saint Mary's

So.

Santa Clarita, Calif.



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