Nzenwa, Rumely Earn All-America Honors

Dec. 17, 2008

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Senior Queen Nzenwa and junior Sarah Rumely were awarded All-America honorable mention honors announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association Wednesday. Nzenwa becomes Kentucky's second repeat honoree, while Rumely earns All-America honors for the first time in her career. The duo also becomes the first pair of Wildcats to earn All-America status together since Marsha Bond and Karolyn Kirby were honorees on the 1983 team.

"I think these honors for both Queen and Sarah are great," said Head Coach Craig Skinner. "They both had tremendous seasons for us this year, and we are extremely happy they are being recognized for their contributions to Kentucky volleyball in 2008."

Nzenwa was an honorable mention pick a year ago, when she became the first All-American in school history since 1993. With her honorable mention selection again in 2008, she joins Bond as the only two UK players to earn the distinction twice in their careers.

The senior from Baltimore finished her career at Kentucky as the best blocker in school history with 556 career block assists. That total is also good for fourth place on the Southeastern Conference's all-time list. In each of her four seasons at UK, Nzenwa helped reject over 115 attacks. She finished her career among Kentucky's all-time leaders in kills (1,261), hitting percentage (.338) and sets played (464). In her final campaign, she averaged 2.36 kills per set and 1.14 blocks per frame as she led UK to four straight seasons of 17 or more victories.

This marks the first All-America honor in Rumely's career, as she has rung up quite a few accolades after a tremendous junior campaign. Rumely was named to the AVCA All-South Region first team after being named the SEC Player of the Year earlier this month. She becomes the seventh player in school history to win All-America honors.

The junior from New Palestine, Ind., is just the third player in school history to chart over 4,000 assists and is also among the leaders on the career service aces list with 139. Rumely was in on every point in UK's season, as she helped guide a balanced UK attack that ranked third in league play and first overall in hitting percentage. For the season she notched 12 matches with 40 or more assists and recorded nine double-double efforts. She set a career-high with over 100 blocks while positing her third straight season of 1,000 or more assists.

Complete coverage of the UK volleyball team can be found at the Wildcats' official homepage, UKathletics.com.