Another All-America Honor for WLU's Clayton

Another All-America Honor for WLU's Clayton

GREENVILLE, S.C. – One day after becoming West Liberty University’s first NCAA Division II volleyball All-American, Madison Clayton did it again!

   The 6-5 middle blocker and graduate student from Roseville, Ohio was honored on Wednesday as one of seven Honorable Mention All-Americans when the 2021 Division II Conference Commissioners’ Association (D2CCA) All-America Team was announced. Clayton was an honorable mention choice on the 2021 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America Team, which was released on Tuesday.

   With three 7-player teams and a 7-player honorable mention list, the 2021 D2CCA NCAA Division II All-America Team honors 28 players from 17 schools. West Florida led the way with four All-Americans – one on each unit – led by 2021 Ron Lenz National Player of the Year Veresia Yon, a sophomore middle hitter from Tallahassee, Fla.

   Clayton took her turn in the national spotlight, as well, this season, ranking No. 6 among all NCAA Division II women with an MEC-high 148 total blocks. The first-team D2CCA and AVCA All-Region pick also ranked among the MEC Top 10 in kills, hitting percentage and points scored to earn her third straight first-team All-MEC honor. She is West Liberty’s all-time record holder in career hitting percentage at .313.

   With Clayton dominating at the net, Coach Riley Schenk’s Hilltoppers posted a 21-win season and achieved the highest regional ranking in school history. Clayton excelled with a career-high 21 kills and 8 blocks in a 4-set win over NCAA Division II Atlantic Region qualifier East Stroudsburg (Pa.). She also had a career-high 12 blocks in a narrow 5-set loss to MEC champion and Atlantic Region finalist Wheeling to go along with a 15-kill, 9-block night in the rematch with the Cardinals.

   West Virginia State senior outside hitter Jenna Dufresne, the 2021 MEC and D2CCA Atlantic Region Player of the Year, joined Clayton as the only two Atlantic Region players to earn D2CCA All-America honors. Dufresne was a second-team selection.

   The 2021 D2CCA All-America Team is selected in voting by the nation’s NCAA Division II sports information directors while the 2021 AVCA All-America Team and is voted on by the NCAA Division II head coaches who are members of that national coaching organization.


Division II Conference Commissioners' Association (D2CCA)

2021 NCAA Division II All-America Team


Pos.      Name                                School                                 Yr.         Hometown

OH        Alexis Cardoza                 CSU-San Bernardino        Sr.         Chino Hills, Calif.

OH        Erin Krupar                       Ashland                               Sr.         East Sparta, Ohio

OH        Rylee Hladky                    MSU-Denver                      So.        Gillette, Wyo.

MH       Veresia Yon                      West Florida                      So.        Tallahassee, Fla.

MH       Audrey Fisher                  Central Missouri               Sr.         Lenexa, Kan.

L/DS     Faith Rottinghaus           Washburn                          Sr.         Berryton, Kan.

S            Maddy Torve                   St. Cloud State                   Sr.         Loretto, Minn.

   *-Ron Lenz Player of the Year: Veresia Yon, West Florida


Pos.      Name                                School                                 Yr.         Hometown

OH        Charlotte Richards          Missouri-St. Louis             Sr.         Cedar Rapids, Iowa

OH        JENNA DUFRESNE          W.VA. STATE                      SR.        BEDFORD, IND.

OH        Genna Berg                      Washburn                            Sr           Blue Springs, Mo.

MH        Megan Flom                    Winona State                      Gr.         Kenyon, Minn.

MH       Allyssa Can Wienen        Hillsdale (Mich.)                 Sr.          Grand Rapids, Mich.

L/DS     Jamie Poppen                  Lewis (Ill.)                            Sr.          Baldwin, Mo.

S            Taylor Vaneekeren          West Florida                      Jr.          Naperville, Ill.


Pos.      Name                                School                                 Yr.         Hometown

OH        Kenzie Foley                    St. Cloud State                    So.         Sergeant Bluff, Iowa

OH        Payton Kirchhoefer         NW Missouri State            R-Fr.      Omaha, Neb.

OH        Madi Cooler                     West Florida                       Jr.           Hilton Head, S.C.

MH       Alison Maxwell                Washburn                            Sr.          Jefferson City, Mo.

MH       Jalyn Hayes                       CSU-San Bernardino          R-Jr.       San Bernardino, Calif.

L/DS     Kari Mercer                       USC-Aiken                           So.         Hilliard, Ohio

S            Lindsey Mertz                   Hillsdale (Mich.)                 Sr.          Frankenmuth, Mich.


Pos.      Name                                School                                 Yr.         Hometown

OH         Journey Blevins                Findlay                                  Fr.          Richwood, Ohio

OH         Gabby Gunterman           Western Washington        Jr.           Lake Stevens, Wash.

OH         Katie McKiel                      Tampa                                  Sr.          Colorado Springs, Colo.

MH        Olivia Fairchild                  Western Washington        Jr.           Olympia, Wash.

MH        MADISON CLAYTON       WEST LIBERTY                    GR.        ROSEVILLE, OHIO

L/DS      Ashton Marshall              West Florida                       Sr.          Gainesville, Fla.

S            Bre Maloney                     Winona State                      Gr.         Roseville, Minn.

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