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Eliza Donohue Named Third Team AVCA All-America; Three Other Tartans Named Honorable Mention

Eliza Donohue Named Third Team AVCA All-America; Three Other Tartans Named Honorable Mention

From Carnegie Mellon University Athletics

Five days after being selected to the All-North Region team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), senior middle blocker Eliza Donohue (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) of the Carnegie Mellon University volleyball team was named Third Team All-America. Donohue is joined by junior outside hitter Lauren Mueller (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown STEM Academy), junior opposite Sarah Jurgens (Eagan, Minn.) and sophomore libero Kayla Yew (San Francisco, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral) as All-America Honorable Mention honorees from the AVCA.

This marks the second consecutive season that multiple Tartans have received the accolade in the same year. Donohue becomes the second Tartan to ever be named to one of the top three All-America teams. Lauren Schmidt was second team in 2001 and third team in 2002.

Donohue led the team with a .304 hitting percentage and ranked third in the UAA. The senior recorded 298 kills, ranking third on the Tartans while finishing second on the team and third in the UAA with 106 total blocks. Donohue ranks third on the school's all-time block list with 433 for her career.

Mueller led the UAA with 454 kills and 3.60 kills per game. She recorded 60 total blocks this season, ranking fourth on the team. Earlier this season, the junior recorded her 1,000th career kill and has recorded a career-best 20 kills in three matches this year, all coming in UAA play. Mueller also recorded double-digit kills in 27 of her 36 matches played this season.

Yew leads the UAA with 763 digs and 5.96 digs per game. Her 763 digs rank tops on the school's single-season chart. Her 43 service aces ranked second on the team and seventh in the UAA. She currently ranks 10th on the school's all-time digs list with 1,062. Yew recorded a career-best 41 digs in the Tartans' UAA quarterfinal win against Brandeis. The sophomore has recorded double-digit digs in 41 straight matches dating back to last season.

Jurgens was second on the team with 341 kills and with 2.71 kills per game, both ranked in the top 10 of the UAA. Her .259 hitting percentage ranked third on the team along with her 60 total blocks this season.