SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara redshirt sophomore outside hitter Lindsey Ruddins was named to the 2017 All-Pacific South Region First Team, it was announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) on Tuesday morning.
This is the second consecutive season that Ruddins has earned an All-Region honor, following the honorable mention she received in 2016. The Laguna Niguel, Calif. native was the only Big West player selected to the All-Pacific South Region Team.
"Lindsey had an incredible season for us and is truly deserving of this prestigious honor," said UCSB head coach Nicole Lantagne Welch. "To put up the numbers that she did all season long was not only impressive but also historic across the NCAA and UCSB record books. She is a special player that contributes in all six rotations in every facet of the game."
Ruddins turned in one of the most productive seasons in program history in 2017, leading the nation by healthy margins in both kills per set (5.84, a single-season school record) and points per set (6.46). With only three others players NCAA-wide averaging more than 5.0 kills per set – and all of them eliminated from postseason play – Ruddins is poised to become the first Gaucho ever to lead the nation in kills for an entire season.
The All-Region nod is another feather in the cap for Ruddins, who has already been named an All-Big West First Teamer this fall. She was also a four-time Big West Player of the Week winner this season and was also selected as the AVCA and VolleyMob.com National Player of the Week on Oct. 24 after recording 20+ kills in each match of a 3-0 week for UCSB.
The first Gaucho to be named All-Region twice in her career since Stacey Schmidt (2010, 2011), Ruddins was consistently productive all year (17 matches with 20 or more kills) yet routinely took over matches with dominant performances. Particularly eye-catching outings include her 36 kills against then-No. 15 Florida State on Aug. 26 (the most single-match kills by any NCAA player in 2017), a 27-kill, 16-dig double-double against Long Beach State on Oct. 20, and a 32-kill (including nine in the fifth set alone) masterpiece against UC Irvine on Nov. 10.
Not just an offensive powerhouse, she rounded out her game as a sophomore. In the back row, she was second on the team with a 2.83 digs per set average and recorded a team-high 12 double-doubles. At the service line, her 0.28 aces per set ranked 10th in the Big West (she had .40 aces per set in league play, third-best among all players). She even made improvements at the net, leading the team with 12 solo blocks and finishing with a 0.54 blocks per set average.
To view all the AVCA All-Regional Teams, click here.