Jennah DeVries Earns AVCA All-American Honorable Mention Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

Jennah DeVriesTAMPA, FL - Sophomore setter Jennah DeVries of the New Mexico State volleyball team was recently named to the 2009 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I All-American honorable mention team as selected by members of the AVCA.

DeVries (Denver, Colo.) is the first setter at NM State to earn All-American honors and the sixth player in Aggie volleyball history to gain the accolade.  DeVries is also the third player at NM State to earn the honor during their sophomore season as former Aggies Kim Oguh and Amber Simpson were named All-Americans in 2005 and 2006 respectively.  Head coach Mike Jordan knew he got an outstanding student-athlete when DeVries signed to play with the Aggies two years ago.

"Jennah is a tremendous athlete, has a great work ethic and she is very deserving of this," Jordan said.  "I'm pretty sure she could become a first or second team all-American selection before her career is over, because she is already doing things 99-percent of the setters in our country can't do."

DeVries, who led the Aggies to its eighth straight 20-win season, was second in the Western Athletic Conference in assists marking 10.14 per set, behind Dani Mafua of Hawaii.  Mafua and the Rainbow Wahine ultimately made it to the national semifinals before losing to the eventual champion, Penn State.

"To be in the same category with other Aggie greats such as Stevi (Adams) and Amber (Simpson) is a great feeling," DeVries said.  "I had great teammates to set and they made it seem easy for me at times.  There is no way that I could have gotten this honor without them, and for that I am grateful."
As the Aggie quarterback for the volleyball team, DeVries led the way to a 13-3 record in conference and a 20-9 record overall.  She marked a career-high 66 assists against Idaho, Nov. 7, in the Pan American Center while also tallying 11 digs in a crucial 3-2 victory.  She notched a total of eight double-doubles on the year with her last coming in a 3-1 win over No. 23 Colorado State when she had 49 assists and a career-high 15 digs to go along with a career-high five kills.

No one has marked at least 60 assists in a match since former Aggie setter Jackie Choi marked 61 assists against Louisiana Tech on Oct. 6, 2006.  DeVries recorded at least 20 assists in match 27 times.  Since 2003, the Aggies have had at least one player earn All-American honors except after the 2007 season.