Tipiana Earns AVCA Honorable Mention All-American Honors

Dec. 15, 2004

AVCA All-America Team Release

CORAL GABLES, Fla.- Senior Valeria Tipiana was honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) when she was selected as an Honorable Mention All-American, it was announced Wednesday. Tipiana becomes the first Miami volleyball player to earn AVCA Honorable Mention All-American honors in the history of the program.

This season, Tipiana helped led the Hurricanes to a 17-9 overall record and a second place finish in the Atlantic Coast Conference while garnering All-ACC First Team honors. She was most recently named to the AVCA All-East Region Team. Tipiana tallied a team-high 422 total kills for a 4.44 kills per game average and a .318 attacking percentage. She posted nine double-doubles and was a force defensively as well, registering 2.35 digs per game and posting 75 total blocks. Tipiana also paced the Hurricanes with 48 service aces, a new season record.

The Lima, Peru native became the first player in Miami history to surpass the 1,000 career kills mark, accomplishing the feat in the first match of the season–a 3-0 win over Florida International Sept. 1st.

Tipiana finished her career at Miami as the all-time leader in kills with 1,411 career kills. She is also the Hurricanes’ all-time leader in service aces (131), block assists (276) and total blocks (299).