Mackenzie Roddy garners AVCA All-America honorable mention

Anna Brereton (7) and Mackenzie Roddy
Anna Brereton (7) and Mackenzie Roddy

Northern Illinois University senior Mackenzie Roddy (San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon) has been named a 2014 Honorable Mention All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, the group announced Wednesday.

Roddy becomes just the fourth different Huskie to earn All-America recognition, joining Kate McCullagh (2006), Lauren Wicinski (2010, ’11) and Kristin Hoffman (2011) among NIU’s all-time honorees. Last week, she earned a spot on the AVCA All-Midwest Region team.

“I think it is a great way for her to end the season and her career in such a positive way,” said NIU head coach Ray Gooden. “There are only so many to achieve that milestone and for her to be recognized is a very, very big accomplishment. She’s been great this past season and in her career as a Huskie.”

Roddy had a sensational year for the Huskies, leading the Mid-American Conference in kills (514) and kills/set (4.28) to earn First Team All-MAC recognition. The senior also ranked 26th in the country in both kills (4.28 per set) and points (4.82 per set). A five-time MAC Player of the Week honoree during the season, Roddy finished the 2014 campaign with nine matches of 20 or more kills and five contests with 25 or more spikes, including a 29-kill, .400 average performance against eventual NCAA Tournament qualifier Colorado.

Defensively, she was fourth on the team with 274 digs and 2.28 digs/set. Roddy was also third for the Huskies with 64 total blocks and fifth with a 0.53 blocks/set average. Her performance during the season helped NIU win the MAC West Division title for the second time in four years, while also winning 20 or more matches for the fourth time in the last five seasons.

The AVCA All-America Teams are comprised of three 14-player units and 109 players on the honorable mention list. Roddy is one of just two honorees from the Mid-American Conference, joining Ohio’s Abby Gilleland on the honorable mention squad.

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