LEXINGTON, Ky. — The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced its 37th annual AVCA All-America teams on Tuesday, with Berry College's Hannah Kate Thompson becoming the first Viking in program history to earn second team honors.
This is Thompson's second straight year on the AVCA All-America list, earning honorable mention honors last season. The Birmingham, Ala., native had a career season, earning Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Player of the Year honors and the league's tournament MVP after eclipsing 2,000 career assists during Berry's SAA championship weekend. She also earned a spot on the NCAA Division III Atlanta Regional All-Tournament team after leading the Vikings to the regional finals for the first time in program history. She helped Berry to its best season since joining NCAA Division III, finishing the year 30-7, the program's first 30-win season since 2006. Thompson finished the season ranked No. 4 in Berry history with 1,103 assists in a single season, No. 3 with 10.21 assists per set this year and broke the single-game assists record with 62 against Millsaps in the SAA tournament. She is also No. 4 with 2,193 assists in her career and No. 3 with 9.10 assists per set over her four seasons.
VanCampen, a native of Stuart, Fla., earns All-America recognition for the first time in her career after also earning first team All-Conference recognition for the first time after posting a top-ranked .342 hitting percentage to round out regular season play. The sophomore consistently ranked among the top five blockers in the country, finishing the year with a team-leading 1.23 blocks per set, a top ten ranking in Berry history. She also posted a top ten mark with 147 total blocks on the year. VanCampen finished out the season hitting a team-best .336 with 264 kills and 2.20 kills per set.
Hancock, a native of Naples, Fla., also earns All-America honors for the first time in her career. The sophomore was named All-Conference for the second consecutive season after finishing the year leading the team with 3.46 kills per set and 422 total kills (both top 10 in Berry history for a single season). Also skilled on the back row, she collected 473 digs and 3.88 digs per set this year, second only to Berry's outgoing libero Elizabeth Ragland. Hancock joined Thompson on the NCAA Division III Atlanta Regional All-Tournament team.