Virginia Beach, Va. – Dean College standouts Kait Anderson (Clinton, Conn.) and Melanie Rios-Nevarez (Vega Alta, Puerto Rico) have been named to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association All-American (USCAA) women's volleyball All-America team it was announced earlier this month.
Anderson earned second team recognition despite missing the Bulldogs' first five matches of the season. The junior finished the season (21 matches) with 159 kills, 160 digs, and 18 total blocks, good for 205.5 points. She finished ninth in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) with 2.3 kills per set.
Six times throughout the season Anderson recorded double digit kills. In a 3-2 win over Albertus Magnus on October 15, Anderson finished with a season high 18 kills while also adding eight digs. A few weeks later in a hard fought battle at Newbury, she deposited 15 kills and collected 11 digs.
In addition to Anderson's USCAA All-America honors, she was awarded NECC third team all-conference and was named Dean College Bulldog of the week.
Rios-Nevarez finished with a team high 197 kills, sliding over from her role as a setter in 2017, to a powerful finisher. The junior also finished second on the team in total digs (294) and digs per set (3.38).
Rios-Nevarez finished with double digit kills nine times throughout the season, including four of the first five games that were played without Anderson. In an early season defeat against Valley Forge, she finished with 15 kills and 26 digs. Following that up in the next contest, Rios-Nevarez propelled the Bulldogs to a five-set victory over Fisher with 18 kills, 12 digs and five service aces.
Anderson and Rios-Nevarez helped guide the Bulldogs to the program's first ever NECC tournament berth. The Cardinal and White bowed out to Elms College in the quarterfinal round.
The full list of winners for the USCAA All-America teams are available here.