Three Moccasins Named AVCA All-Americans

Three Moccasins Named AVCA All-Americans

LEXINGTON, KY - Florida Southern College volleyball earned three all-America honors on Tuesday when the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced its Division II all-America teams. Nicole Mattson (first team), Anna Tovo (second team), and Bethany Besancenez (third team) each earned all-America accolades.

Tovo's all-America honor is the third of her career after earning third-team honors a year ago and an honorable mention accolade in 2015. Besancenez and Mattson are first-time all-America selections. All three of Florida Southern's all-Americans also earned AVCA all-region honors and all-Sunshine State Conference accolades.

Mattson, who was the AVCA South Region Player of the Year, leads the Moccasins and ranks 14th nationally in kills (502). She also ranks 21st in the nation in kills per set (4.11) and 30th in points per set (4.54). Mattson has recorded 20 more kills in six different matches this year and tallied 19 kills while hitting a blistering .308 in the South Region championship match against West Florida. She needs 27 more kills to tie Dana Cozine and Beverly Stasis for the 10th-highest single-season kill total in school history.

Besancenez was a four-time SSC Setter of the Week honoree and ranks sixth nationally in assists per set (11.93) and total assists (1,456). She has recorded at least 40 assists in 21 different matches this season, including a career-high tying 61 in the South Region final against West Florida. She needs 73 more assists to tie Jordan McAfee for 10th in program history in single-season assists. Besancenez already ranks fifth in school history with 3,815 career assists.

Tovo ranks 30th nationally in total kills (465), 47th in kills per set (3.81), and 51st in points per set (4.28). This season she has recorded 20 or more kills in four matches, posted double-digit digs in 21 matches and has tallied 32 service aces. Already in the school record books as just the ninth player in school history with 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs, Tovo currently ranks fourth in program history with 1,574 career kills.

Florida Southern has tallied 43 all-America selections in its volleyball history, including eight first-team all-Americans. This year's selection of three players as AVCA all-Americans is tied for the most in school history and is the first time the Moccasins have had a first, second, and third-team all-American in the same year.

The Mocs earned the No. 3 seed at the NCAA National Championship, and will face sixth-seeded Cal State San Bernardino in the national quarterfinals on Thursday at 1 p.m. at the UWF Field House.