Johnson, Savage Garner AVCA All-America Honorable Mention Honors
Dec. 14, 2005
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>University of Miami senior Karla Johnson and redshirt-junior Francheska Savage were honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) when they were selected as Honorable-Mention All-Americans, it was announced Wednesday. This marks the first All-America honor for both players and the second and third in the five-year history of Miami volleyball. <?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
This season, Johnson became Miami’s most prolific outside hitter, setting the career kills mark (1,484) while also setting the record for kills in a season (616) and kills in a match (31). Johnson ended her career at Miami as the all-time leader in total blocks, block assists and solo blocks.
Throughout the season the Houston native led the Atlantic Coast Conference and was among the best in the nation in kills per game. She finished the season with a 5.09 kills per game average. Johnson also led the team in service aces (40), solo blocks (27) and points (711.5). She likewise made her mark defensively, tallying 2.75 digs per game.
Johnson, a Preseason All-ACC selection, was named to the All-ACC first team and earned AVCA Division I All-East Region honors. She was also named to the Hurricane Invitational and Orange & Green Challenge All-Tournament teams.
Savage had a breakout year, finishing the season ranked seventh in the ACC in both hitting percentage (.307) and kills per game (3.99).
The Ft.Myers, Fla. native, known for her explosive attacking, garnered All-ACC Second Team honors and was named to the AVCA Division I All-East Region team.
Savage was named ACC Player of the Week on Oct. 17th and was also named to the Hurricane Invitational All-Tournament team.