Sophomores Ashley Wittman and Tori Dixon of the Gophers volleyball team were named all-Big Ten today
Wittman was one of seven unanimous picks to the 15-player team. She ranked second in the Big Ten with 506 kills, trailing only the conference player of the year, Purdue's Ariel Turner.
Dixon was third in the conference in hitting percentage and was second on the Gophers in kills with 315.
Junior Mia Tabberson was the Gophers' representative on the 12-member Sportsmanship Award team.
Also named to the all-Big Ten team were Michelle Bartsch and Colleen Ward of Illinois; Jenilee Rathje of Michigan State; Lauren Cook, Gina Mancuso and Hannah Werth of Nebraska; Stephanie Holthus of Northwestern; Mari Hole of Ohio State; Deja McClendon, Ariel Scott and Katie Slay of Penn State; and Tiffany Fisher and Turner of Purdue.
Slay was the defensive player of the year, Micha Hancock of Penn State was the freshman of the year, and Dave Shondell of Purdue was the coach of the year.
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