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Natalia Rivera, Rota setter
Natalia Rivera, Rota setter (Courtesy photo)
Natalia Rivera, Rota setter
Natalia Rivera, Rota setter (Courtesy photo)
Mariah Morris, Vilseck outside hitter
Mariah Morris, Vilseck outside hitter (Courtesy photo)
Liz Scher, Kaiserslautern middle hitter
Liz Scher, Kaiserslautern middle hitter (Courtesy photo)
Kaia Pierce, Menwith Hill middle hitter
Kaia Pierce, Menwith Hill middle hitter (Courtesy photo)
Dalasha Bizzell, Bitburg middle hitter
Dalasha Bizzell, Bitburg middle hitter (Courtesy photo)
Aspen Luna, Rota outside hitter
Aspen Luna, Rota outside hitter (Courtesy photo)
Ashley Seiler, SHAPE outside hitter
Ashley Seiler, SHAPE outside hitter (Courtesy photo)
Alyssa Solis, Ansbach setter/outside hitter
Alyssa Solis, Ansbach setter/outside hitter (Courtesy photo)
Allison Gunsch, Heidelberg outside hitter
Allison Gunsch, Heidelberg outside hitter (Courtesy photo)
Abigail Diaz, Patch outside hitter
Abigail Diaz, Patch outside hitter (Courtesy photo)
Rachel Vosler, Sigonella setter
Rachel Vosler, Sigonella setter (Courtesy photo)
Yesenia Solis, Rota setter
Yesenia Solis, Rota setter (Courtesy photo)
Tia Juliano, Vicenza outside hitter
Tia Juliano, Vicenza outside hitter (Courtesy photo)
Teresa Muldoon, SHAPE outside hitter
Teresa Muldoon, SHAPE outside hitter (Courtesy photo)
Taylor Hall, Vilseck setter
Taylor Hall, Vilseck setter (Courtesy photo)
Sarah Szybist, Ramstein setter/outside hitter
Sarah Szybist, Ramstein setter/outside hitter (Courtesy photo)
Sara Schiller, Ramstein setter/outside hitter
Sara Schiller, Ramstein setter/outside hitter (Courtesy photo)
Sara Sawyer, AFNORTH middle hitter
Sara Sawyer, AFNORTH middle hitter (Courtesy photo)
Sade Upshaw, Ramstein libero
Sade Upshaw, Ramstein libero (Courtesy photo)
Rebecca Luna, Heidelberg setter
Rebecca Luna, Heidelberg setter (Courtesy photo)
Jackie Lund, Naples outside hitter
Jackie Lund, Naples outside hitter (Courtesy photo)
Isabel Krause, Naples outside hitter
Isabel Krause, Naples outside hitter (Courtesy photo)
Guilia Silvi, Aviano setter
Guilia Silvi, Aviano setter (Courtesy photo)
Danielle Ellis, Vicenza setter/middle hitter
Danielle Ellis, Vicenza setter/middle hitter (Courtesy photo)

Three All-Europe first-teamers from last season, all outside hitters, headline the 2011 version of the school system’s annual all-star team.

Senior Allison Gunsch of Heidelberg, sophomore Aspen Luna of Rota and senior Teresa Muldoon of SHAPE maintained their spots in the Top 12 of the 24-player group selected by a panel of seven coaches and chaired by DODDS-Europe athletic coordinator Karen Seadore.

Rightfully so, if numbers don’t lie. None of the three repeaters rested on her laurels this season.

Luna, who as a freshman impressed her coach as the best player she’d ever coached, was even better this season in helping the Lady Admirals to their second straight Division III crown.

Wrote Rota coach Judith Scarbrough, “I am proud to say that Aspen by far exceeded our expectations this season,” thanks to an offseason program designed to improve her already impressive vertical jump.

As a result, “Aspen was a standout with her powerful and often intimidating front- and back-row attacks and exceptionally complex jump serves.”

For her part, Muldoon nearly doubled her kill totals – 200 in 2011 as compared to 102 in 2010 – in helping SHAPE place second in Europe this time around.

And for the second straight season, Gunsch provided much of the punch – 147 kills and 13 block kills – for a Heidelberg team which posted its second straight unbeaten regular season.

Each of the top three was joined on the first team by a teammate, two of them promotees from last season’s second team.

Heidelberg senior setter Rebecca Luna moved up this season behind 332 assists, 30 digs and a 92.8 percent serving record; Luna’s teammate Yesenia Solis, whom Scarbrough called “in many ways the nucleus of our team,” posted 279 assists in 42 games this season.

SHAPE sophomore outside hitter Ashley Seiler joined Muldoon on the 2011 first team after putting away 117 kills.

Division I champion Ramstein and Division II winner Naples also each placed two performers on the 2011 first team.

Setter and hitter Sarah Szybist, a junior, and sophomore setter Sade Upshaw represent Ramstein on the Top 12, and outside hitter Jackie Lund and junior middle hitter Isabel Krause hold down slots for Naples.

Szybist, a second-teamer on the 2010 All-Europe squad, stepped it up on all levels, according to her coach, Erin Markus.

“…besides her ferocious attack (169 kills),” Markus wrote in nomination of her star, “she is a talented setter (121 assists) who has the ability to orchestrate plays on the court…”

Of Upshaw, a sophomore, Markus wrote, “Sade is a phenomenal athlete and one of the strongest libero players I have seen below college-level volleyball.”

Lund and Krause led Naples to the D-II crown. Their coach, Julia Byler, was impressed with both her stars.

“Isabel is a game-changing athlete,” she wrote in her nominating document. “She was unstoppable during … league play and untouchable during tournament play.”

Lund, whom Byler called the “most powerful offensive force in Region IV,” peaked at exactly the right time, according to Byler.

“She really stepped up her already impressive game during the tournament,” Byler wrote. “She led out team in digs and assists.”

Vilseck senior Mariah Morris, an outside hitter and second-team All-European in 2010, and Menwith Hill junior Kaia Pierce, a second-team choice for the second straight season, round out the eight repeat choices on this year’s team.

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