Dec. 18, 2013
SEATTLE, Wash. -- Missouri State volleyball player Carly Thomas was honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association Wednesday (Dec. 18) with a spot on the All-American Honorable Mention squad, becoming the fifth player to reach All-America status in Missouri State’s storied volleyball history.
The senior setter from Swansea, Ill., finished her career this fall as one of the most decorated players in Missouri State volleyball history. In addition to her exclusive spot as an MSU All-American, Thomas is one of just three players to earn all-region honors more than once, and joins Calli Norman and Linette White as the only players to earn first-team all-Missouri Valley Conference honors at least three times.
Thomas leads the MVC and ranks 13th nationally with 11.49 assists per set this season, and is second all-time at Missouri State with 4,708 career assists. The six-time MVC Player of the Week and one-time national player of the week also ranks 12th all-time at MSU with 1,201 career digs, and has four career triple-doubles and four matches of at least 50 assists and 20 digs.
Missouri State’s previous All-Americans are Kelley Michnowicz (AVCA Honorable Mention, 2010), Sabrina Apker (AVCA Honorable Mention, 2004), Linette White (AVCA Third Team, 2003) and Jennifer Seveland Box (AIAW, 1981).
The Bears finished the season 21-11 overall and 12-6 in the Missouri Valley Conference, reaching the 20-win plateau for the 14th time in the last 15 seasons.