Tech's Kelly Johnson Selected AVCA All-Central Region - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/12/02

Tech's Kelly Johnson Selected AVCA All-Central Region

Texas Tech sophomore Kelly Johnson was honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association for her play during the 2002 season Wednesday morning, as she was selected to the AVCA All-Central Region First Team.

"This is awesome," said the Fort Worth, Texas, native upon learning of her award. "This has made my day. I don't even know what to say, this is great. I am very happy to have been honored with this award, but I know that I couldn't have done it without my coaches and teammates. They are a wonderful group and a lot of the credit goes to them."

"Kelly has really had a great season," commented Head Volleyball Coach Jeff Nelson. "She has really worked hard this year, and it shows. She has started to become a premier player and is very deserving of this award."

This most recent honor is just the latest in a series of awards for Johnson in 2002. Already this year, she was selected First Team All-Big XII, Verizon Academic All-America Third Team, Big XII Player of the Week and Academic All-Big XII. With the award, Johnson becomes the 10th Red Raider to earn AVCA First Team All-Region honors and is eligible for AVCA All-America honors to be issued later next week.

The last time Tech had an All-Region First Team member was in 2000 when Melissa McGehee and Colleen Smith received the award.

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