Junior Allie Brak and sophomore Ali Patterson were named Truman volleyball's 13th and 14th all-Americans in program history, as both players earned honorable mention all-America status by the American Volleyball Coaches' Association on Wednesday afternoon. After each was named AVCA all-region for the first time last week, the duo became Truman's first pair of all-Americans in a single season since 2008 when the Bulldogs landed three players on all-American teams.
All-time, Truman ranks in the top-15 of all Division II programs with all-Americans, having now earned 20 all-America awards from 14 different student-athletes. Brak finished the 2013 season with 506 total kills, marking the most by any Bulldog in the 25-point scoring era (2008-present) and seventh-most in a single-season all-time.
She averaged 3.78 kills per set and totaled 28 matches with double-digit kills.
The Texas-native added 17 double-doubles, including a 28-kill, 21-dig outing at Maryville on November 15.
She started all 35 matches and hit .209 on the year, adding a team-best 39 service aces. Patterson capped her sophomore campaign with 327 total kills and a .315 hitting line.
Her 120 block assists tied for the eighth-most in a single-season in program history, as she led the team in total blocks and hitting percentage.
She dealt 32 service aces, tying for second-most on the squad and was the lone middle hitter to be represented on the Great Lakes Valley Conference first-team.
The Missouri-native set a new career-best in kills (23) in the GLVC semifinals at top-seeded Lewis in the team's 3-2 victory. Both players had previously earned Daktronics and AVCA all-region recognition while also serving as the team's two GLVC first-team representatives. The Bulldogs are coming off a 23-12 season that resulted in the program's 14th NCAA tournament appearance.
Truman finished runner-up during its first season as members of the Great Lakes Valley Conference and will open the 2014 season in early September.