Otterbein’s Tabatha Piper tapped AVCA Third Team All-American for second straight season
Piper, a junior setter, earned Third Team honors for a second straight year. Piper was earlier selected First Team All-Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) and All-Great Lakes Region.
Just one of 42 players voted to the first, second or third team, Piper, a graduate of Big Walnut High School, becomes the 16th player in OAC volleyball history to earn multiple All-American awards..
“This is a great honor to cap off yet another amazing season,” Piper said. “I owe a lot of my success to former assistant coach Michael Crofton, who really showed me the ropes of being a setter at this level before leaving. He has been gone for two years now, but we still stay in contact to talk about different tactics and ideas.”
Piper turned in another standout season this fall, leading the OAC and ranking top-20 nationally for both assists (10.31 per set) and hitting percentage (.414). She handed out 35 or more assists in 18 different matches, totaling 1,186 for the year and posting a new career-high of 58 early in the season against Defiance College. She also surpassed the school record for career assists, breaking Otterbein’s 11-year old mark record of 3,229.
“It’s been great to work with our coaching staff and developing new approaches to the game,” Piper said. “Mostly, I love just going out there and competing with my teammates every day. I try to perform my role the best I can and put our hitters in positions to succeed.”
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