Odenthal named All-American

Badger senior earns third-team acclaim

Jill Odenthal, an opposite hitter at Wisconsin, netted third-team All-America honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association Wednesday, capping a strong finish to her senior year. She becomes the 10th All-American in school history after earning honorable mention All-America honors as a junior.

Odenthal averaged 3.06 kills per game and recorded a career high 25 kills against Hawaii last weekend, advancing the Badgers to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

"This is a great honor for Jill and for the Badger volleyball program," said UW coach Pete Waite. "She really improved her defensive and passing game this season, and she was a clutch player for us all year. She was unstoppable during the NCAA tournament matches, especially versus Hawaii. It's exciting for Odie and I'm happy that her game on the court really peaked in the last weeks of her career."

Junior middle blocker Sheila Shaw earned honorable mention All-America honors after leading the Badgers with 3.81 kills per game and leading the conference in blocks with a career-best 1.36 per game.

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