Creighton volleyball star Jaali Winters has been named a third-team all-American for the second time in her illustrious career.
Winters, a former Ankeny Centennial standout, and teammates Madelyn Cole and Taryn Kloth have been honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Cole and Kloth each received honorable mention all-America status.
This marks the third straight season that the Bluejays have had three All-Americans. Winters was an honorable mention selection in 2016 after receiving third-team honors as a freshman in 2015.
Winters joins Kelli Browning as the second three-time AVCA all-American in program history. She is the first player named to one of the top three teams multiple times.
Creighton coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth called Winters earlier this week to give her the news.
“She was the one that told me I’d been named an all-American, and I was honestly so surprised!” Winters said.
A senior outside hitter, Winters set more than 90 school records in her career, including marks for career kills (1,843), attacks (5,093), points (2,045.5), matches played (139) and matches started (138). She was named Big East Player of the Year and Big East Tournament MVP in 2018, averaging 3.82 kills and 3.06 digs per set, and had seven double-doubles in eight contests against nationally-ranked foes this season.
Creighton finished with a 29-5 record after winning the Big East regular-season and tournament titles for the fifth straight season. The Bluejays spent 12 straight weeks ranked in the top 10 of the AVCA poll and made a seventh straight NCAA Tournament appearance.