Dec. 3, 2013
STORRS, Conn. -- After leading the UConn women's volleyball team in kills in 2013, junior outside hitter Karson Ratliff (Wake Forest, N.C.) has been named to the All-American Athletic Conference Second Team. The league made the announcement on Tuesday (Dec. 3) afternoon.
Ratliff had a breakout season for the Huskies, playing in 32-of-33 matches and compiling a team-high 365 kills, good for 3.0/set in 122 sets. She more than doubled her previous career output after coming into 2013 with 165 kills during her first two seasons in Storrs. Ratliff finished 11th in the league in kills and 20th with a .215 attack percentage.
The junior also set career-highs in just about every offensive category. Ratliff slammed down 20 kills against Troy on Sept. 13 in the Courtyard Classic to mark a new personal best, and hit .405 on 18 kills vs. New Hampshire on Sept. 20 in the Dartmouth Duel, a season-high. She also notched a career-best five service aces against Sacred Heart on Oct. 8 and tied her career-high with six digs vs. Cincinnati on Oct. 25. Ratliff notched double-digit kills in 22 contests for UConn and at least five in every match she played in.
While the yearly conference honor is a first for Ratliff, she was honored multiple times throughout the season. After posting 40 kills and hitting over .300 in matches against Troy, St. John's and Georgia Tech, Ratliff was named to the Courtyard Classic All-Tournament Team on Sept. 14 after helping the Huskies to the tournament title. She was also named to The American Weekly Honor Roll three times. Ratliff got the nod from the league on Oct. 14 after 27 kills in two matches vs. Sacred Heart and Rutgers, on Nov. 25 after 28 in matches vs. Memphis and Temple, and on Dec. 2 after combining for 28 kills again at Louisville and Cincinnati to close the season.
Ratliff becomes the 12th player to earn All-Conference laurels under Holly Strauss-O'Brien. It also marks the third consecutive year UConn has placed a player on an All-Conference squad, and it has now been done in eight of Strauss-O'Brien's nine years at the helm of the program.
UConn finished 14-19 in 2013, including a 5-13 conference mark in its first year as a member of the American Athletic Conference.
2013 American Athletic Conference Women's Volleyball Award Winners
Player of the Year
Erin Fairs, USF
Libero of the Year
Caitlin Welch, Louisville
Setter of the Year
Avery Acker, SMU
Freshman of the Year
*Maya McClendon, Louisville
Coach of the Year
Anne Kordes, Louisville
2013 All-American Athletic Conference
*DeLaina Sarden, UCF, Jr., MB
Katie George, Louisville, So, S
*Emily Juhl, Louisville, Sr., OH
Brooke Mattingly, Louisville, Gr., MB
*Maya McClendon, Louisville, Fr., OH
Caitlin Welch, Louisville, Sr., L
*Erin Fairs, USF, So., OH
Andrea Rodriguez Gomez, USF, Sr., MB
*Avery Acker, SMU, So., S
Janelle Giordano, SMU, Fr., MB
*Caroline Young, SMU, Jr., OH
Gabriella Matautia, Temple, Sr., RS
Angelica Crump, UCF, RSr., OH
Kaye-Alese Green, UCF, RJr., MB
Jade Hayes, UCF, Jr., L
Marie Reiterova, UCF, RJr., S
Karson Ratliff, UConn, Jr., OH
Kadi Kullerkann, Houston, RSo., RS/OH
Sarita Mikals, Houston, Fr., OH/RS
Randi Ewing, Louisville, Gr., MB
Lauren Hawkins, Memphis, Jr., MB/RS
Alexis Wesley, Memphis, RSo., MB
Cailin Bula, SMU, So., OH
Abbey Bybel, SMU, So., MB
* = Unanimous Selection