LEXINGTON, Ky. – Alaska Anchorage junior Leah Swiss was named an honorable mention All-American on Tuesday as the American Volleyball Coaches Association unveiled its 2017 NCAA Div. II All-America squads.
A 6-foot outside hitter, Swiss earned her third straight All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference award this season, leading the Seawolves to the program’s fifth straight NCAA Tournament berth and a 19-11 overall record.
The former local Dimond High star averaged 3.40 kills per set on .219 hitting, 2.84 digs and 0.45 blocks per set, while ranking sixth in the GNAC with 4.09 points set and second with 0.43 aces per set.
Also a two-time GNAC All-Academic honoree, Swiss recorded a team-high 16 double-doubles this year (37 career) and delivered her season-best 25 kills in UAA’s 5-set win over then-No. 10 Northwest Nazarene.
Swiss was a D2CCA Second Team All-American and AVCA honorable mention choice as a sophomore in 2016, when she helped the Seawolves win a second straight GNAC title and advance to the NCAA National Title Match.
She will start her final season already at No. 4 on UAA’s kills list with 1,172, No. 2 in aces with 143, and No. 13 in digs with 1,002 – one of only two players in program history with at least 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs.