3 Embry-Riddle players named volleyball All-Americans
PRESCOTT — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) recently announced the 2018 Volleyball All-America teams, which were chosen by the NAIA Volleyball All-America selection committee; Embry-Riddle was well represented.
When the players were selected, they were placed into three All-America teams, including honorable mentions, and for the Eagles, sophomore Caylee Robalin was named to the third team, while junior Audrey Baldwin and sophomore Erin Clark were honorable mentions.
For Robalin, she was awarded the 2018 California Pacific Conference player of the year award last month, and has been named the second Eagle volleyball player to become an All-American in school history.
Robalin was big driving force in the successful 2018 season for the Eagles and led the way on offense. Robalin led the team in points with 523, kills with 442 and aces with 58, all while doing her part on defense with 401 digs.
As for Baldwin and Clark, they were both pivotal to the offensive success the Eagles had in 2018 as well. Baldwin had her career best season, breaking her own conference record in assists with 1,384 and finished eighth best in the entire country. As for Clark, she pitched in a variety of areas, both offensively and defensively, finishing with 386 kills, 433 digs and a hitting percentage of .237.
For the Eagles as a team in 2019, they will attempt to get over the hurdle in the national tournament where they fell short two years in a row and with all three All-Americans returning, expectations and potential will be high.
Chris Whitcomb is a sports reporter for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter at @AZChris32. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2031.