Von Lienen Named All-America

Sarah Von Lienen has become the fourth All-American in Arkansas Tech University volleyball history.

Von Lienen, a 6-foot-2 senior middle blocker from Lakeland, Tenn., was named to the 2010 American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division II All-America team as an honorable mention selection.

She joins Stacy Burnett-Mallett (1991), Dong Mei Cui (1997) and Ningning Liu (2002) as the only All-America volleyball players from Arkansas Tech.

Von Lienen played some of her best volleyball in the biggest matches of the 2010 season.

She had a career-high 28 kills and a hitting percentage of .362 in the Golden Suns’ 3-2 win over Harding on Sept. 28.

On Oct. 21, She notched 14 kills and three blocks while leading Tech to just its second road win over Harding since 2002.

To top it off, she dominated Christian Brothers in what turned out to be the match of the year in the GSC West. Von Lienen registered 16 kills and six blocks to lead the Suns to a critical 3-1 win in Memphis, Tenn., on Oct. 28.

Those three victories helped push the Golden Suns to their second GSC West title in the last three years and the ninth regular season conference volleyball title in school history.

Arkansas Tech completed the 2010 season with an overall record of 31-5 and a GSC mark of 11-1. It was the sixth 30-win volleyball season in Tech history.

Von Lienen finished her senior season with 406 kills and 91 blocks. Her .341 hitting percentage ranked third in the Gulf South Conference. She was also third in the GSC in kills per game (3.76).

Von Lienen was also named All-NCAA Division II South Region, as were her teammates Laura Farney and Kera Dukic.

Click here to read more about the 2010 all-region honors for Von Lienen, Farney and Dukic.