Skinner, Stutsman named AVCA All-Americans

Lucas Aulbach

Two WKU volleyball players were named on Wednesday to the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I All-American team after leading the Lady Toppers to one of their best seasons in school history.

Junior outside hitter Jordyn Skinner and sophomore setter Melanie Stutsman were each named as honorable mentions to the team.

It’s the first time Skinner has been honored, and the second time in two seasons for Stutsman.

“Anytime you have a special season like we had this year, there is usually a reason behind that and that is really good players,” Head Coach Travis Hudson said in a release. “Melanie and Jordyn both had terrific seasons and I think are very deserving of being named All-Americans.”

The honor is another in a long line for Skinner this postseason.

She won Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year and Sun Belt Tournament MVP awards in 2011, along with being named to the All-Sun Belt and All-South Region first teams.

Skinner was instrumental for WKU on both sides of the ball this season.

She led the Lady Toppers with 454 kills, had the second-most digs with 407 and was third on the team with 87 blocks.

Skinner is the fifth Lady Topper to be named to an All-American team in school history, joining Stutsman and former WKU players Megan Argabright, Caron Blotch and Julie Noe.

Stutsman, who was also named to the All-Sun Belt and All-South Region first teams, recorded 1,324 assists in 119 sets played this season.

Her season average of 11.13 assists-per-set ranks 30th in the nation and she helped the WKU offense record a .272 hitting percentage on the year, which ranks ninth in the country.

Stutsman is one of two Lady Toppers to earn All-American honors more than once in her career, joining Argabright.