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Spartan freshman Yong named to All-America second team

Published: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 1:54 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 2:05 a.m. CDT
(CNA file photo by LARRY PETERSON)
Freshman setter Cassidy Yong of Bellvue, Neb., earned All-American status after the Spartans placed fifth at the Division II national tournament.

After its fifth-place finish at the Division II NJCAA national tournament, the Southwestern Community College volleyball team now has an All-American on its roster.

Cassidy Yong, 5-foot-5 freshman setter from Bellevue, Neb., was named to the 2013 NJCAA Division II Volleyball All-America second team.

Yong showed solid ball placement from the middle and quick tips at the net to contribute to Southwestern advancing to the national tournament for the first time in 13 years. She is the first SWCC volleyball All-American since 2007.

Anna Waymaster was Southwestern’s last All-American in 2007. She later served as coach of the Spartans, preceding current coach Melissa Blessington.

Nicole Hunter of Creston was an All-American candidate for Southwestern in 2010.

Greta Billerbeck in 2004 and Kristin Lickiss in 2001 earned All-American Honorable Mention. Lindsay Brown of Lenox was a two-time All-American in 1999 and 1998.

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