2011 Big 12 Volleyball Preseason Team, Awards Announced
Courtesy: Big12Sports.com
          Release: 08/09/2011
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Rachael Adams (Texas), Hannah Willms (Iowa State) and Khat Bell (Texas) have earned Preseason All-Big 12 Volleyball individual awards, while Oklahoma leads the Preseason All-Big 12 Volleyball Team with three selections.

The team and awards are chosen by league coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes.

Adams earned the Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year. The senior is a 2010 All-Big 12 first-team honoree who ranked No. 1 nationally with a .443 hitting percentage last season. Additionally, the Cincinnati,Ohio native led the Longhorns and ranked sixth in the league with 1.18 blocks per-set while also averaging 3.10 kills, 3.79 points and 1.24 blocks in conference play. A 2010 AVCA All-America selection, Adams has been a part of a UT squad that has advanced to three-straight NCAA semifinal appearances.

Hannah Willms (Iowa State) is the Preseason Newcomer of the Year after redshirting in 2010. The Waterloo, Iowa product was a four-year volleyball letterwinner at Dike-New Hartford High School where she also participated in track. Willms was named the Des Moines Register's Female High School Athlete of the Year and earned a spot on its All-State Elite Team after recording 570 kills for an average of 5.18 per set as a senior. She joins a Cyclone team that advanced to its fifth-straight NCAA Tournament in 2010 and finished the season with a 20-9 overall mark.

The 2011 Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year, Khat Bell (Texas), was a 2010 AVCA High School All-America selection as well as a Fab 50 honoree by Volleyball Magazine. At North Mesquite High School, she totaled 794 kills during her senior season and was also a four-time all-district selection.

Adams also headlines the 2011 Preseason Team as she is one of five to be voted unanimously onto the team. Also chosen unanimously are Jamie Straube (Iowa State), Brianne Barker (Oklahoma), Kelsey Black (Texas A&M) and Amanda Dowdy (Texas Tech).

Along with OU's three team selections, four other squads garnered multiple honorees as Iowa State, Missouri, Texas and Texas A&M placed a pair of student-athletes on the team, which consists of seven seniors, three juniors and four sophomores as well as six All-Big 12 First Team honorees from 2010.

The 2011 Big 12 Volleyball Preseason Poll will be announced on Wednesday, Aug. 10. Big 12 teams open the season the weekend of Aug. 26, while conference action is slated to begin on Sept. 21.

PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12 AWARDS

Player of the Year: Rachael Adams, Texas, MB, Sr., 6-2, Cincinnati, Ohio
Newcomer of the Year: Hannah Willms, Iowa State, OH, RS Fr., 6-0, Waterloo, Iowa
Freshman of the Year: Khat Bell, Texas, MB.OH, Fr., 6-1, Mesquite, Texas

PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12 TEAM

Name, School                                Pos. Cl. Ht. Hometown/Previous School
Torri Campbell MB Jr. 6-2 Amarillo, Texas/Amarillo
Alison Landwehr, Iowa State S Jr. 6-0 St. Louis, Mo./Parkway West
Jamie Straube, Iowa State^ MB Jr.  6-2 Tecumseh, Neb./Johnson County Central
Kaitlynn Pelger, Kansas State  MB So.  6-0  Overland Park, Kan./Olathe South
Brittney Brimmage, Missouri MB/OH  Sr.  6-3 East St. Louis, Ill./East St. Louis
Molly Kreklow, Missouri S So.  6-0  Delano, Minn./Delano
Brianne Barker, Oklahoma^ Sr.  5-9 Amarillo, Texas/Amarillo
Suzy Boulavsky, Oklahoma RS/OH Sr.  6-1 Houston, Texas/Clear Brook
Sallie McLaurin, Oklahoma MB So.  6-2  Midwest City, Okla./Carl Albert
Rachael Adams, Texas^ MB  Sr.  6-2 Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame
Amber Roberson, Texas OH  Sr.  6-2 San Antonio, Texas/Wagner
Kelsey Black, Texas A&M^ OH  Sr.  5-11 Amarillo, Texas/Amarillo 
Allie Sawatzky, Texas A&M So.  6-2  St. Andrews, Manitoba, Canada/Lord Selkirk
Amanda Dowdy, Texas Tech^ OH Sr.  6-3  Lexington, Texas/Lexington

^ - Unanimous Selection
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