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AUSTIN, Texas – Allison Penner (Aurora, Neb./Aurora) earned second team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors for her performance on the court and in the classroom this season. Penner is the second CoSIDA Academic All-American in UNCG volleyball history, joining Tanya Edmunds who garnered the honor when UNCG was a Division II institution in 1990.

Penner is a two-time first team All-Southern Conference performer and former SoCon Freshman of the Year. The accounting major has a 4.0 grade point average and led the Spartans in assists the last three seasons, and the SoCon the last two seasons. Penner placed on the SoCon Honor Roll twice and last season she earned the SoCon Commission’s Medal and SoCon All-Academic Honors.

She led the team with 1,246 total assists, averaging 10.38 per set this season. This season’s total ranks sixth best in school history and her career total of 3,497 assists ranks fourth in school history. Penner’s 10.79 assists per set average is currently first in program history.

Penner and the Spartans finished the 2017 season 19-12 and 11-5 in the Southern Conference. UNCG made its first appearance in a national tournament, earning an at large berth into the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC). The Spartans were defeated by the UCF Knights in Athens, Georgia.


Name                                School                                              Yr.     GPA          Major

Alexis Conaway                   Iowa State                                       Sr.     4.00          Kinesiology

Ashley Evans (2) (#)           Purdue                                             Sr.     3.88          Mechanical Engineering

Lily Johnson (2)                  Missouri State                                   Sr.      3.96          Cell and Molecular Biology

Jaelyn Keene (2)                 Illinois State                                     Sr.     3.97          Financial Accounting

Rachel Minarick                   Michigan State                                  Sr.     3.97          Kinesiology

Annika Olsen                       Iowa                                               Sr.     4.06          Finance

Kristi Piedimonte                 Kennesaw State                                Sr.     4.00          Nursing



Name                                  School                                            Yr.     GPA          Major

Jacie McClure                       Louisiana Tech                                 Sr.     4.00          Kinesiology & Health Promotion

Allison Penner                      UNCG                                              Jr.      4.00          Accounting

Kristen Stucker                    Austin Peay                                      Jr.      4.00          Biology

Katie Tomasic                      Miami (Ohio)                                    Sr.     4.00          Finance

Kori Waelbroeck                   IUPUI                                              Sr.     4.00          Community Health

Haleigh Washington (3) (&)   Penn State                                      Sr.     3.79          Philosophy

Jaali Winters                        Creighton                                        Jr.      3.92          Business Information & Analytics and French



Name                                  School                                              Yr.     GPA          Major

Brianne Dixon                      Missouri State                                   Sr.     4.00          Cell and Molecular Biology

Ann Hollas                           Stephen F. Austin                              So.     4.00          Biology

Leah Lawrence                     Alabama                                           Gr.    3.99/4.00  Accounting

Ally Lunsford                        Bryant                                              Sr.     4.00          Applied Psychology

Patricia Mattingly                  U.S. Naval Academy                           Jr.      3.83          Applied Mathematics

Kaylee Neal                          New Mexico State                              Gr.    4.00/4.00  Accounting

Anna Zwiebel                        LSU                                                 So.     4.09          Kinesiology


CoSIDA Academic All-America® of the Year: Lily Johnson, Missouri State


(2)—2016 CoSIDA Academic All-American® Second Team

(3)—2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Third Team

(&)—2015 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Second Team

(#)—2015 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Third Team