December 7, 2021

Ohio State Lands Five on AVCA All-Region List


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced its all-region teams on Tuesday with five Ohio State players making the cut. Freshman middle blocker Arica Davis was named AVCA Northeast Freshman of the Year, while sophomore opposite hitter Emily Londot, junior setter Mac Podraza and sophomore middle blocker Rylee Rader all earned a spot on the Northeast All-Region Team. Junior libero Kylie Murr was named Northeast All-Region Honorable Mention. View full list of honorees HERE.

Davis, a unanimous All-Big Ten Freshman Team selection and three-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week, set the program record for single-match block assists (12) and tied the single-match record for total blocks (13) in her collegiate debut. In single-season program history, Davis currently ranks second in block assists (132) and sixth in total blocks (142). If the season ended today, she would be tied for third in program history in blocks per set. Davis currently ranks 24th in the nation in blocks per set (1.26) and 17th in the nation in total blocks (142). She’s recorded at least five blocks in 10 matches this season.

Londot earned All-Big Ten Second Team honors and a player of the week nod on Oct. 11. She led the team in kills per set (3.59) and points scored (436.0) this season, also ranking third in blocks per set (1.03) and averaging nearly two digs per set (1.94) with 200 total digs. Londot hit in double figures for kills in 21 matches this season and tallied six double-doubles. Londot set single-match career-highs in assists (3), aces (3), digs (18) and blocks (7) this season. She’s amassed 694 kills and 178 blocks over her first two seasons as a Buckeye. Londot landed a spot on the Red Raider Classic All-Tournament Team after being a unanimous pick for the Preseason All-Big Ten Team.

Podraza, also selected all-conference first team, earned three Big Ten Setter of the Week nods this season as she led the country (currently second) and conference in assists per set (11.97) through end of the regular season. She ranks 10th in the nation in total assists (1,252) as she moved up to 10th in program history with 2,671 career assists. Podraza earned a spot on the VCU Invitational All-Tournament Team during non-conference play. She racked up 11 double-doubles, with 10 of those coming against Big Ten opponents. This season, Podraza recorded single-match career-highs in aces (4), digs (18) and blocks (6, twice). She ranks fourth on the team with 270 digs (2.55 per set).

Rader, a unanimous selection All-Big Ten First Team, led the team in hitting percentage (.445), which ranked fourth in the country (currently fifth) and tied for the lead in the Big Ten at the end of the regular season. She has 292 kills (2.63 per set) on the season and ranks second on the team in blocking (116 total blocks, 1.05 per set). Rader recorded her career-high 15 kills twice this season, reaching the mark against No. 9 Nebraska and No. 15 Penn State. She was named to the Red Raider Classic (MVP) and VCU Invitational All-Tournament Teams early in non-conference play. Rader reached double-figure kills in 14 matches this season and recorded a double-double against Iowa with a season-high 10 blocks.

Murr, named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 20, led the team with 493 digs (4.44 per set) this season, which sixth among single-season program records. Her 493 digs increased her career total to 1,394 to tie for the fourth-most digs in Ohio State history. If the season ended today, Murr would rank second in program history in digs per set during a single season, second only to her mark in the 2019 season. She was named to the Red Raider Classic All-Tournament Team during the non-conference slate. Murr recorded at least 10 digs in 28 matches this season, passing the 20-dig mark four times and recording a season-high 30 digs against Minnesota, just one shy of her career-high.

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