Kansas City, Mo. – Saint Xavier University women's volleyball seniors Desiree Aramburu (Chicago, Ill./Radford University/Mother McAuley) and Kelly Knudsen (Oak Lawn, Ill./Oak Lawn Community) both earned honorable mention recognition on both the 2012 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball All-America Team and 2012 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America Team when the NAIA national office released the awards earlier this week. Last week, Aramburu and Knudsen were named to the 2012 AVCA NAIA All-Mideast Region First Team.
"These are well-deserved honors for both of these young ladies," said SXU volleyball head coach Robert Heersema. "Desiree has been working very hard for the last two years and Kelly has been a solid contributor and highly decorated player for us the past four seasons. We have never had five players make all-conference and we have never had two players earn All-America honorable mention honors in the same year. Both of them will be hard to replace and big shoes to fill going forward."
Aramburu was named the 2012 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Volleyball Player of the Year last month leading the Cougars with 1,425 assists and finishing second on the team with 42 service aces and 432 digs. Knudsen finished the 2012 campaign second on the team in both total kills (451) and kills per set (3.09) to go along with her 352 digs and 39 service aces. Both players were also first team members on the 2012 All-CCAC Volleyball Team following the championship match of this year's CCAC Volleyball Tournament championship match.
Saint Xavier wrapped up the 2012 season with an impressive 31-13 overall record and claimed second place in the CCAC regular season standings with an 18-1 mark. The Cougars also finished as runners-up in the 2012 CCAC Volleyball Tournament, which earned the team a berth in the 2012 NAIA Volleyball National Championships. It was the program's second national tournament appearance in the last three seasons.