Dec. 13, 2012
Siena junior Taylor Akana was one of just seven regional athletes selected as an ECAC Division I Volleyball All-Star. Akana led the MAAC in kills (3.75/set) for the third straight season in 2012, and helped Siena to a second place finish and an appearance in the MAAC Championship match.
Akana (Kaneohe, Hawaii) was joined on the ECAC All-Star team by Caroline Douglas (Liberty), Kari Honomichl (Niagara), Ndidi Ibe (Maryland Eastern-Shore), Ariana Mankus (Player of the Year - Army), Shelbey Manthrope (Seton Hall) and Lydia Rudnick (Princeton).
Akana became the fastest in MAAC history to 1,000 kills back in September, reaching the benchmark in just her 65th match played. She later became just the fourth student athlete in program history, and first junior, to eclipse 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs.
Akana was a First Team All-MAAC selection in 2012, and a two-time MAAC Offensive Player of the Week. She was named MAAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2011. Akana ranks fifth in program history with 1,361 career kills and eighth with 1,046 digs with a full season left to play.
The ECAC is the largest athletic conference in the country, comprising schools that compete in 21 sports (17 men's and 18 women's). It has 317 member institutions in NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, ranging in location from Maine to North Carolina and west to Illinois. Most or all members belong to at least one other athletic conference.