December 10, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2013 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball All-America Teams, as selected by the NAIA Volleyball All-America Selection Committee.

Leading The Master’s College volleyball team during its historic season that culminated in the Mustangs' second-ever NAIA National Tournament appearance, Samantha Dougherty has been named to the 2013 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball All-American Team.

The Madera, California, native landed a spot on the second team following a campaign in which she led the Mustangs to a 23-9 record, a No. 16 national ranking, and an impressive run at the national tournament.  Dougherty finished the year with 513 kills, 364 digs, 51 service aces, and 33 assists.  The Mustangs' ace also finished the year first in the Golden State Athletic Conference in kills and third in service aces.

At the end of the National Tournament, Dougherty also earned a spot on the 2013 NAIA Volleyball National Championship All-Tournament Team.

These accolades came on the heels of Dougherty's selection to the All-GSAC squad two weeks ago.  On the way to these honors, she earned the GSAC's "Player of the Week" earlier in the season on September 30.

TMC went 23-9 in 2013, finishing 8-6 and in fourth place in the GSAC.  For the second time ever, the Lady Mustangs qualified for the NAIA National Tournament, making it as far as the quarterfinal round of single-elimination play before being ousted by Wayland Baptist.

To view the complete 2013 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball All-America list, click here.