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Desiree Aramburu

Desiree Aramburu

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Updated: January 10, 2013 6:30AM



St. Xavier University women’s volleyball players Desiree Aramburu and Kelly Knudsen concluded their collegiate playing careers by earning honorable mention recognition on both the 2012 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball All-America Team and 2012 American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America Team, as announced by the NAIA national office.

In addition, both Aramburu, a setter, and Knudsen, an outside hitter, were named to the 2012 AVCA NAIA All-Mideast Region First Team.

“These are well-deserved honors for both of these young ladies,” SXU volleyball coach Robert Heersema said in a statement.

“Desiree has been working very hard for the last two years, and Kelly has been a solid contributor and highly decorated player for us the past four seasons. We have never had five players make all-conference and we have never had two players earn All-America honorable mention honors in the same year.”

Aramburu, who prepped at Mother McAuley, was named the 2012 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Year after leading the Cougars with 1,425 assists and finishing second on the team with 42 service aces and 432 digs.

Knudsen, an Oak Lawn graduate, finished the 2012 campaign second on the team in both total kills (451) and kills per set (3.09), to go along with her 352 digs and 39 service aces. Both players were also first-team members on the 2012 All-CCAC Volleyball Team.

St. Xavier wrapped up the 2012 season 31-14 overall and claimed second place in the CCAC regular-season at 18-1. The Cougars also finished as runners-up in the 2012 CCAC Tournament, which earned them a berth in the 2012 NAIA National Championships. It was the program’s second national tournament appearance in the past three seasons.

Pioneering spirit

Three Southland residents who are members of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s football team received postseason honors from the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Named to the 2012 All-WIAC First Team on defense was senior Corey Marks (Lincoln-Way Central). The defensive end was seventh on the Pioneers in tackles with 36. In addition, the New Lenox native also had 8½ tackles for 37 yards in losses, eight quarterback hurries and 2½ sacks. Marks also was a member of the All-WIAC First Team in 2010 and 2011.

Earning a berth on the All-WIAC Second Team was junior defensive lineman Bronzun Kyles. A graduate of Brother Rice, Kyles finished with 20 tackles, six tackles for 27 yards in losses, five sacks and one pass defended.

Rounding out the trio is sophomore center Brian Lurquin (St. Rita), who earned honorable mention recognition. Lurquin was a key component of an offensive line that enabled the Pioneers to rush for 1,272 yards and 22 touchdowns, while also passing for 3,447 yards and 33 TDs.

UW-Platteville scored 410 points in 10 games and averaged 471.9 yards of total offense per game. The Pioneers were 8-2 overall, 5-2 in the WIAC.



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