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Tierra Coverson earns NAIA Volleyball All-American honors

12.04.2018 | By: Texas Wesleyan University
An action photo of 2018 NAIA Volleyball All-American Tierra Coverson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Texas Wesleyan's Tierra Coverson has been named to the NAIA All-America Honorable Mention list, one of only 105 NAIA players on 225 NAIA competing schools across the nation to receive the honor.

Coverson posted career highs in kills and blocks in 2018 as a senior and is raking in honors this award season. She was named the Sooner Athletic Conference's Defensive Player of the Year Nov. 12, her second All-SAC nod in as many years. For her career, she has 256 total blocks (59 solo, 197 assists). Her 1.1 blocks per set ranks first in the conference, as well as her 121 total blocks. The conference's second leading blocker (Jessica Meyer, JBU) has 87 blocks.

"Tierra was always a huge presence for us on the court, both offensively and defensively," said Head Coach Jessica Ransom. "She is a very consistent player and the team could always count on her to come through. I am even more proud of T off the court. She has huge plans for her future to graduate and join the military. I have always admired her life plan and know she will continue to accomplish great things after volleyball." 

She set in-game highs for kills (15) in a thrilling five-set victory over Southwestern Christian on Sept. 14 and on three different occasions swatted down successfully eight opponent attacks. In a season where injuries took their toll on a number of Lady Rams, Coverson played in all 122 sets of Texas Wesleyan's season, becoming only the third player to do so in the last three years ( Brianna Jaramillo, 2016 and Hannah Altman, 2017).

The stamp she has put on the program's history book - one that is filled with incredible teams and a tradition of winning and All-Americans, is profound. She becomes the first Texas Wesleyan player to lead her team in blocks in two consecutive seasons since Katie Rosenbusch did so in 2012 and 2013 - Rosenbusch had a total of 193 blocks combined in those two seasons - and her 139 blocks were the most a Lady Ram has had since Liz Meng racked up 161 in 2007.

Prior to Texas Wesleyan, Coverson was a two-time all-conference selection under the direction of Susan Moore at Cisco College...led her team to a win against Hill College, who had not lost a conference game in two years. 

NAIA All-Americans - complete listing:

First Team

         

First Name

Last Name

Institution

Pos.

Class

Hometown, State

Jane

Kickham

Central Methodist (Mo.)

OH

Jr

Springfield, Mo.

Caroline

Clifford

Columbia (Mo.)

OH

Sr

Springfield, Mo.

Manuela

Vargas

Columbia (Mo.)

S

Jr

Medellin, Colombia

Ema

Altena

Dordt (Iowa)

OH

Sr

Sioux Center, Iowa

Jamie

De Jager

Dordt (Iowa)

S

Sr

Sioux Center, Iowa

Kelsey

Redmond

Grand View (Iowa)

OH

Sr

Iowa Falls, Iowa

Sarah

Cruz

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

OH

Fr

Olomouc, Czech Republic

Priscilla

O'Dowd

Midland (Neb.)

MH

Sr

Omaha, Neb.

Caterina

Cigarini

Missouri Baptist

MH

Jr

Modena, Italy

Lauryn

Hilger

Northwestern (Iowa)

OH

Sr

Omaha, Neb.

Nada

Meawad

Park (Mo.)

OH

So

Cairo, Egypt

Danna

Gomes

Park (Mo.)

S

Sr

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Hailey

Copinga

Rocky Mountain (Mont.)

Opp

Sr

Billings, Montana

Lydia

Xu

Viterbo (Wis.)

MH

So

Shangahi, China

           

Second Team

         

First Name

Last Name

Institution

Pos.

Class

Hometown, State

Olivia

Brees

Baker (Kan.)

MH

Sr

Meriden, Kan.

Shayla

Scanlan

Bellevue (Neb.)

Opp

Sr

Plattsmouth, Neb.

Ashley

Pagan

College of Idaho

OH

Jr

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Kendra

Zwart

Cornerstone (Mich.)

MH

Sr

Jenison, Michigan

Megan

Bunn

Eastern Oregon

OH

Jr

Banks, Ore.

Courtney

Twit

Grand View (Iowa)

MH

Sr

West Des Moines, Iowa

Nyssa

Baker

IU Kokomo

MH

So

Ft Wayne, Ind.

Grace

Blomstedt

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

MH

Sr

Red Oak, Iowa

Mallory

Moran

Missouri Baptist

OH

Sr

St. Louis, Mo.

Kelsey

Shaver

Providence (Mont.)

OH

Jr

Scotts Valley, Calif.

Makayla

Hoyt

Southern Oregon

MH

So

Placerville, Calif.

Taylor

Ristvedt

Southern Oregon

Opp

Jr

Portland, Ore.

Aubrey

Aspen

Viterbo (Wis.)

MH

Sr

Sparta, Wis.

Samantha

Neely

Westmont (Calif.)

MH

Sr

Whittier, Calif.

           

Third Team

         

First Name

Last Name

Institution

Pos.

Class

Hometown, State

Kiersten

Anderson

Columbia (Mo.)

Opp

Jr

Springfield, Ill.

Caylee

Robalin

Embry Riddle (Ariz.)

Opp

So

El Paso, Texas

Trystin

Luneckas

Grand View (Iowa)

S

Jr

West Branch, Iowa

Sage

Meyer

Hastings (Neb.)

OH

Sr

Bellevue, Neb.

Shaelyn

Martin

Kansas Wesleyan (Kan.)

MH

Sr

Salina, Kan.

Elly

Burke

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

Opp

Jr

Louisville, Ky.

Jane

Cisar

Masters (Calif.)

MH

Jr

Albuquerque, N.M.

Lexi

Kite

McPherson (Kan.)

OH

Sr

Thorton, Colo.

Jessica

Peters

Midland (Neb.)

S

Sr

Omaha, Neb.

Lacey

Wacker

Northwestern (Iowa)

S

So

Jackson, Min.

Kenna

Hall

Ottawa (Kan.)

MH

Sr

Desoto, Kan.

Kali

Shaw

SAGU (Texas)

OH

Sr

Meadows Place, Texas

Kacie

Stoll

Trinity Christian (Ill.)

Opp

Sr

Lombard, Ill.

Rebecca

Lowden

Vanguard (Calif.)

L

Sr

Glendora, Calif.

           

Honorable Mention

         

First Name

Last Name

Institution

Pos.

Class

Hometown, State

Kristin

Danielson

Aquinas (Mich.)

OH

SR

Grand Rapids, Mich.

Karly

Morris

Aquinas (Mich.)

Lib

JR

Clarksville, Mich.

Jackie

Stein

Arizona Christian

OH

SR

Portland, Ore.

Olivia

Galas

Bellevue (Neb.)

S

FR

Omaha, Neb.

Rachael

Gunn

Bethel (Tenn.)

OH

JR

Auckland, New Zealand

Natalie

Jones

Brescia (Ky.)

OH

JR

Owensboro, Ky.

Brielle

Bumgarner

Carroll (Mont.)

MH

SR

Kalispell, Mont.

Marija

Janjusevic

Central Methodist (Mo.)

Opp

Sr

Belgrade, Serbia

Kyra

White

Coastal Georgia

MH

Sr

Chicago, Ill.

Jackie

Van Vliet

College of Idaho

MH

SR

Twin Falls, Idaho

Barbara

Briceno

Dakota State (S.D.)

OH

SR

Lima, Peru

Allison

Kuenle

Doane (Neb.)

OH

JR

North Platte, Neb.

Hailee

Ackerman

Eastern Oregon

OH

JR

Nampa, Idaho

Audrey

Baldwin

Embry Riddle (Ariz.)

S

JR

Santa Barbara, Calif.

Erin

Clark

Embry Riddle (Ariz.)

OH

SO

Phoenix, Ariz.

Julianne

Wilkes

Faulkner (Ala.)

L

JR

Deatsville, Ala.

Caylie

Teel

Grace (Ind.)

DS/OH

SR

Warsaw, Ind.

Lucy

Skoch

Hastings (Neb.)

MH

SO

Hastings, Neb.

Arianna

Brooks

Hutson-Tillotson - (Texas)

MH

JR

Farmersville, Texas

Ana

Collar

Indiana Wesleyan (Ind.)

Opp

FR

Cicero, Ind.

Kelly

Miller

Indiana Wesleyan (Ind.)

OH

JR

Goshen, Ind.

Emileishka

De Jesus

IU Northwest (Ind.)

OH

FR

Hobart, Ind.

Monica

Loftus

IU Southeast (Ind.)

OH

SR

Louisville, Ky.

Julina

Niemeier

Jamestown (N.D.)

Lib

SR

Jamestown, N.D.

Abbie

Seward

Keiser (Fla.)

OH

So

Bloomington, Ill.

Liz

Mann

Life (Ga.)

OH

Sr

Sellersburg, Ind.

Klara

Mikelova

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

OH

SO

Kurim, Czech Republic

Sarah

Spangler

Marian (Ind.)

Opp

FR

Cedar Lake, Ind.

Hannah

Trout

Marian (Ind.)

Opp

JR

Chesterfield, Mo.

Skyler

Van Note

Marian (Ind.)

OH

FR

Muncie, Ind.

Aiko

Waters

Marymount (Calif.)

OH

JR

Torrance, Calif.

Kayla

Sims

Masters (Calif.)

S

SR

Anchorage, Ark.

Jayden

Warner

Mayville State (N.D.)

Lib

JR

Mayville, N.D.

Alyssa

Rupert

Milligan (Tenn.)

L

SR

Kingsport, Tenn.

Maggie

Sorensen

Missouri Baptist

OH

Sr

St. Louis, Mo.

Masha

Korol

Montana Tech

OH

SR

Ukrainka, Ukraine

Dylan

Fowler

Montana-Western

Lib

SR

Belgrade, Mont.

Megan

Van Marter

Northwest Christian (Ore.)

MB

Sr

Shelton, Wash. 

Marijana

Bjelobrk

Oklahoma City

Opp

JR

Belgrade, Serbia

Alex

Ewalt

Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)

Lib

SR

Danvers, Ill.

Chase

Bohman

Oregon Tech

OH

SR

Credwell, Ore.

Morgan

Berry

Ottawa (Kan.)

S

FR

Shawnee, Kan.

Bailei

Hubbard

Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)

MH

SO

Helotes, Texas

Tatiana

Dale

Point GA

MH

SR

Kenner, La.

Tessa

Colden

Reinhardt GA

OH

JR

Deland, Fla.

Maria

Pelak

Saint Francis (Ind.)

S

SO

Mattawan, Mich.

Kendra

Siefring

Saint Francis (Ind.)

MH

SO

Fort Recovery, Ohio

Suzanny

Figueiredo

SAGU (Texas)

OH

SR

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Sophia

Ivy

SAGU (Texas)

S

JR

Round Rock, Texas

Cashlyn

Munroe

Southwestern Christian (Okla.)

OH

JR

Douglass, Kan.

Bresha

Orange

Univ. of St. Thomas (Texas)

OH

SR

Longview, Texas

Krista

Kolbinskie

St. Thomas (Fla.)

OH

Sr

San Antonio, Texas

Samantha

Korn

Taylor University (Ind.)

Lib

JR

Perrysburg, Ohio

Tierra

Coverson

Texas Wesleyan

MH

SR

San Angelo, Texas

Dani

Van Laten

Trinity Christian (Ill.)

S

JR

Westmont Ill.

Dominique

Andrews

UC Merced (Calif.)

OH

JR

Madera, Calif.

Devon

Heitkamp

Univ Northwestern (Ohio)

MH

JR

New Bremen, Ohio

Clarissa

Olson

Valley City State (N.D.)

MH

SR

Valley City, N.D.

Shaylen

Larson-Piper

Vanguard (Calif.)

OH

SR

Elizabeth, Colo.

Miah

Garant

Viterbo (Wis.)

MH/Opp

SO

Fort Atkinson, Wis.

Amy

Buffham

Westmont (Calif.)

S

SR

Saugus, Calif.

Konstantina

Pateli

WVU Tech

S

JR

Atjens, Greece

Kayla

Black

Xavier (La.)

OH

So

Spring, Texas

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