Academic All-America Teams
-- Missouri State junior Lily Johnson
was honored Thursday (Dec. 8) with a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team. Johnson is the sixth volleyball Bear to earn Academic All-America honors and first since both Sara Andert and Michelle Witzke were selected in 1997.
The Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year for a second consecutive season, Johnson owns a 3.99 cumulative grade point average as a cell and molecular biology major. A first-team MVC Scholar-Athlete the last two seasons and a three-time first-team all-conference choice for athletic performance, Johnson is the fourth player in league history to lead the conference in kills three times, and averaged 4.54 kills, 5.12 points, 3.07 digs, 0.35 aces and 0.36 blocks per set with a .228 hitting percentage in 2016.
The outside hitter from Wildwood, Mo., is a three-time MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week and four-time MVC Player of the Week while exceeding 600 kills for the second consecutive season as a junior, finishing with 604 for the third-best MSU total and fifth-highest mark in league history.
Johnson ended the season ranked second at MSU and eighth in MVC history with 1,719 career kills, and 16th in school history with 1,118 digs as the sixth member of Missouri State's 1,000-kill, 1,000-dig club. She tallied 23 double-doubles on the year, and reached at least 10 kills for a school-record 45 consecutive matches before the streak ended in the NCAA Tournament.
Missouri State's six all-time volleyball Academic All-Americans have accounted for eight total selections, including two on the first team, and three each on the second and third teams.
The Bears earned their ninth NCAA Tournament bid since 2003 this season after winning the MVC regular season championship, and finished the year 26-9 overall for the team's highest win total since 2006.