KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced on Monday afternoon that Spring Hill College volleyball players Yiting Cao and Taryn Nash were named to the 2011 Tachikara-NAIA All-America squad.
Cao, a right side hitter from Shanghai, China, was named as a first team member of the prestigious listing. Her award marks the first time in SHC volleyball history that a Badger has been chosen as an NAIA 1st team All-America performer.
The 6-foot senior led the NAIA this season with a 5.38 kills per set (kps) average while racking up an SHC record of 731 kills. For her 2-year career on the Hill, Cao averaged 5.05 kps with a .376 attack percentage while recording 1182 kills, 717 digs, 156 total blocks, 125 services aces and 69 assists.
Cao was earlier named the 2011 Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) and SSAC West Division Player of the Year and a Capital One Academic All-District student-athlete. Cao was recognized as 3rd team Tachikara-NAIA All-America in 2010.
Nash, a sophomore setter from Independence, Mo., was named as an Honorable Mention member of the All-America team. In 2011, she ranked 7th in the nation with 1517 assists and was 10th-ranked in assists per set (aps) with a 10.91 average.
In her just first two seasons at SHC, Nash has dished out 2545 assists for an average of 10.56 aps to go along with 547 digs, 77 total blocks and 57 service aces. Nash was also a member of the 2011 SSAC All-Conference team and the SSAC Conference & West Division Setter of the Year.