AUGUSTA, GA – Three Peach Belt Conference volleyball players have been named All-Americans as the AVCA and D2CCA released their teams. Flagler's Sara Davis was the only player to be named to both squads while teammate Taja Valmyr was named to the AVCA team and USC Aiken's Rebecca Martinez to the D2CCA team.
The three different players named All-Americans is the most in PBC history. The PBC has had two players named All-Americans by the two organizations six different times, the last in 2016. The AVCA team is chosen by the American Volleyball Coaches Association while the Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (D2CCA) team is selected by Sports Information Directors.
Davis is the first multiple All-America selection the Flagler program has produced, and the first to be named to the second-team. Valmyr is Flagler's third AVCA All-American joining Davis and Olivia Snipes, a setter, who earned third-team honors in 2011. Katie Beale (2009), Meg Weathersby (2010) and Dianna Craine (2011-12) earned honorable mention honors.
Davis is a three-time AVCA All-Southeast Region first-team selection (2015-17) and is a four-time All-Peach Belt Conference honoree. This year, the Akron, Ohio native was selected as the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year. Davis leads the PBC in hitting percentage (.406) and solo blocks (20), is second in kills (372) and kills per set (3.41), fourth in blocks per set (0.93), fifth in total blocks (101), sixth in blocks assists (81), seventh in aces (36) and ninth in aces per set (0.33). She is fifth in the nation in hitting percentage.
Valmyr earned her first All-America accolade. The Green Cove Springs, Florida native leads the PBC in kills (390) and kills per set 3.64) and also leads in total attacks (1240). She was a consensus all-region selection as well as earning first-team all-conference honors. Valmyr joined Davis on the all-tournament team at last weekend's NCAA Division II Southeast Regional.
Martinez was a second-team D2CCA selection. A sophomore from Wellington, Fla., she guided the Pacers with 733 digs, marking the second-most digs in the program's history for a single season. Additionally, it was the fifth-most digs in a single season in PBC history. She accounted for a school-record setting 6.92 digs per frame, which is fourth nationally. Her stellar play helped guide USC Aiken to 20.75 digs per set, which is second nationally in Division II.
Martinez was the PBC Libero of the Year and a first-team all-conference selection. During the season, Martinez shattered the school record for digs in a three-set match (33) and owns six of the top 10 three-set dig matches in school history. Overall, Martinez posted three of the top-10 performances in school history for digs. Additionally, she is eighth in PBC history for digs in a single season. Martinez posted a career-high 38 digs in the win over Tusculum and tied it the next day in the win over Carson-Newman.
Ashley Diedrich is the only other USC Aiken standout to earn All-America honors on the court, picking up honorable mention honors in 2014 and third-team accolades in 2015.