HARRISONBURG, Va., March 14, 2012 – Incoming James Madison volleyball commitments Meghan Niski (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) and MacKenzie Kleespies (Lincoln University, Pa./Avon Grove) each received All-America honors from the website PrepVolleyball.com, recently.
Niski was one of 150 players, including 106 seniors, to be named a 2011 PrepVolleyball.com High School All-American while Kleespies was one of 150 players to receive Special Mention accolades. In addition, Niski collected Fifth Team Academic All-American recognition from the site.
The list of All-Americans is compiled by PrepVolleyball.com’s John Tawa. He list the qualifications as having a massive impact on your high school team while also being considered amongst the top players in the player’s state. After narrowing down the list to about 190 players, Tawa solicited opinions from coaches and journalist to come up with the final group of honorees.
The academic All-America honor, again selected by Tawa, is a list of the 95 senior volleyball players who “excel both on the court and in the classroom.” The list includes five teams consisting of eight players each and another group of 55 athletes that received Highest Honorable Mention.
Niski, a 5-11 outside hitter from Illinois, was the Champaign News-Gazette’s Illinois Player of the Year. She amassed 418 kills, 207 digs, 29 aces and 48 blocks in 2011 while leading St. Charles East High School to the Illinois 4A Final Four. A four-year starter with the Saints, she accumulated a 5.4 weighted GPA that ranks in the top 10-percent of her class.
Kleespies, a JMU signee out of Avon Grove High School, adds Special Mention All-America honors to her AAU All-American recognition. She also was named All-Tournament at the USA Volleyball Girls National Tournament.
The duo joins a team that returns five starters and its libero from last year’s squad that went 20-11 and reached the semifinals of the CAA Championships for the second consecutive year.
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