5 Gators collect AVCA All-America accolades

Florida's Rhamat Alhassan spikes the ball for a kill against UCLA in the NCAA Volleyball Championships at the O'Connell Center last Friday. The Gators won 3-1. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Five Florida volleyball players collected All-America honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association, and for the first time in program history four Gators were named first-, second- or third-team All-Americans.

Only Florida (four) and Stanford (five) had more than three individuals named first-, second-, or third-team All-Americans.

Senior middle blocker Rhamat Alhassan led Florida’s honorees with the second first-team All-America plaudit of her career.

Fifth-year senior right side Shainah Joseph and senior outside hitter Carli Snyder were both named second-team All-Americans. It is the first All-America honor for Joseph, while Snyder was an honorable mention each of the past two seasons. Sophomore middle blocker Rachael Kramer was selected as a third-team All-American.

Senior libero Caroline Knop picked up her second All-America honorable mention in as many seasons.


What: NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship semifinals

Who: No. 2 seed Florida (29-1) vs. No. 3 Stanford (30-3), 9:30 p.m.

No. 1 seed Penn State (33-1) vs. No. 5 Nebraska (30-4), 7 p.m.


Where: Sprint Center, Kansas City

Saturday: Today’s winners play for national title, 9 p.m.