LEXINGTON, Ky. – Florida State beach volleyball freshman Kate Privett was named a First Team High School All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), the committee announced this week. She becomes the fourth Florida State player to earn the award, following the footsteps of Madison Fitzpatrick, Macy Jerger and Vanessa Freire.
Privett is joined by three of her Florida State classmates – Jenna Johnson, Morgan Kuchar and Lexi McKeown – on the Second Team. The Grapevine, Texas native claimed a No. 1 ranking in AVPFirst Texas and a No. 3 ranking overall prior to coming to Tallahassee.
Only two programs in the country claimed four All-Americans this year, as both the National Runner-Up Florida State and the National Champion UCLA saw the most freshmen on either team. This marks the first time Florida State had multiple players receive the award, either First Team or Second Team (previously Honorable Mention).
Privett had a successful career on the sand before college, winning the 2017 AAU National Beach Volleyball Championship with Simone Priebe and the 2018 West Coast Junior Olympic Games with Sutton MacTavish. Most recently, Privett took second in both the 2018 BVCA National Championship and the AVPFirst Championship, both with MacTavish. On the pro tour, Privett saw her best finish with Maddie Ligon in May of this year, as the two finished 21st at the AVP Austin.
All four freshmen this year bring a wealth of experience to Tallahassee this year, as the three Second Team members had successful careers on the beach prior to college. Johnson finished third at the AAU Coquina Beach Super Regional and was the NVL Rize 18U Qualifier champion. Kuchar boasts a third place finish from the 92-pair AAU West Coast Junior Olympic Games. McKeown topped the podium at two AVCAFirst and AAU tournaments and also picked up an IBVL pair championship.
Player / High School, Club / City, State / College
Charlie Ekstrom / Point Loma High School, 692 / San Diego, CA / Stanford
Kylin Loker / Carlsbad High, Tamarack Beach Volleyball Club / Carlsbad, CA / Hawai’i
Jayelin Lombard / USAV Beach High Performance / Indio, CA / Cal Poly
Piper Monk / Mira Costa High School, Elite Beach Volleyball / Manhattan Beach, CA / UCLA
Kate Privett / Southlake Carroll High School, Beach 10k / Grapevine, TX / Florida State
Lindsey Sparks / Edison High School / Huntington Beach, CA / UCLA
Abby Van Winkle / LA Beach Volleyball Club / San Clemente, CA / UCLA
Jaden Whitmarsh / USAV Beach High Performance / Rancho Santa Fe, CA / UCLA
Player / High School, Club / City, State / College
Sarah Blacker / Wave Volleyball Club / San Diego, CA / Arizona
Abby Carroll / Southlake Carroll High School, Beach 10k / Southlake, TX / South Carolina
Madelyn Delmonte / Ocean Lakes HS, Nothin’ Drops / Virginia Beach, Va. / Georgia State
Abbie Hughes / Ohio Valley Beach Volleyball Academy, Next Level / Mason, OH / FIU
Jenna Johnson / NVL Academy / Stuart, FL / Florida State
Morgan Kuchar / Blessed Trinity HS, Southern Select Sand / Roswell, GA / Florida State
Laurel Kujan / Valley Girls Beach Club / Santa Barbara, CA / Southern California
Alexandra (Lexi) McKeown / Laguna Beach HS, Elite Beach Volleyball / Aliso Viejo, CA / Florida State
From the AVCA Release:
“Kate’s work ethic and self-motivation is reason enough for this award,” said Daniel Lindsey, coach at Beach 10k. “Kate will be a valuable addition to the FSU program. Kate’s 2018 run of three straight finals, BVCA, AAU JO (National Champion), and AVPFirst was a great way to end her juniors career.”
“Jenna is the most athletic player I have ever coached,” said Albert Hanneman, Director at NVL Athletics. “She will be a huge asset for her team at Florida State this fall. I have had the pleasure of coaching her for four years and have seen tremendous growth each year due to her tremendous work ethic and willingness to learn. I am proud of her accomplishments on and off the court and look forward to watching her very long career in beach volleyball.”
“We are very proud of Morgan,” said Bryan Jones, Club Director at Southern Select Sand Club. “She has been such a great player to have in our program. She comes ready to work at every practice and sets the bar high for herself and her teammates. She brings an extremely focused on-court attitude and has been able to find success with numerous different partners over the years. We wish her the best at FSU!”
“Lexi had a very strong senior year, the coach of Elite Beach Volleyball said. “She has very good offensive range and a nice feel for the game. Her natural instincts allow her to come up with some amazing defensive plays. She is a pleasure to coach and will do well in college at FSU! Good luck in college!”
The state of California led the way with 10 All-Americans coming from the Golden State. Texas is the only other state fielding multiple honorees, landing one on each team. Defending NCAA Champion UCLA ties runner-up Florida State with a class-high four of these current freshmen. Arizona, Cal Poly, FIU, Georgia State, Hawai’i, South Carolina, Southern California, and Stanford each land one.
The High School Girls Beach All-America Committee is comprised of Jeff Smith (chairperson; 692 Beach – West Coast), Wayne Gant (Great American Volleyball – East Coast), Steve Bishop (USA Volleyball Florida Region – East Coast), Scott Stover (692 Beach – Central), Andrew Bennett (Tamarack Beach Volleyball Club – West Coast), Rian Mariano (RPM Sand – West Coast), Bryan Jones (Southern Sand Select – Southeast), Marlee Rice (AAU – West Coast), Megan Burdorf (USA Volleyball – West Coast).
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