December 06, 2017

Curnes & Dobbs Named NAIA All-American

#2 Danielle Curnes

#8 Rielly Dobbs

College of the Ozarks senior Danielle Curnes and sophomore Rielly Dobbs have been named 2017 NAIA Volleyball All-America Honorable Mention.

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2017 NAIA Volleyball All-America Teams on Tuesday afternoon.  First, second, and third teams of 14 players were named alongside an All-American Honorable Mention Team of 60 out of a pool of over 200 NAIA college and university volleyball teams.  The All-America teams were selected by the NAIA Volleyball All-America Selection Committee, which consists of NAIA-AVCA officers and the championship committee.

Curnes joined the Lady Bobcats as a sophomore and has been a standout for the Lady Cats the past three seasons.  An outside hitter, Curnes has amassed 1,041 kills and collected 1,542 digs.  In addition, she has provided her team with 78 service aces and 137 blocks.  Danielle closes out her three-year College of the Ozarks collegiate career by adding her name to the team’s record book in the 20-Kill Club, 1000 Career Kill Club, and tied for 2nd in passing percentage (.949).  This season, Curnes was named 2017 AVCA Regional First Team, A.I.I. Conference Player of the Year, two-time A.I.I. Conference Player of the Week, and NCCAA Player of the Week. She has not limited her talents and dedication to the court, having also been named a two-time NAIA and NCCAA Scholar Athlete.

Dobbs, who began her collegiate career as a freshman with the Lady Bobcats, is no stranger to this honor, having been named an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American in 2016. In her two-year span with the Lady Bobcats, Dobbs has posted an impressive 2,187 assists and added 646 digs,  47 total blocks, and 51 service aces.  She ranked #21 nationally this season with 1,313 assists and already holds a Top 5 spot on the C of O Career Leaderboard for Most Assists per Game and Most Total Assists.  In 2017, Dobbs has been named AVCA Regional First Team, A.I.I. Setter of the Year, A.I.I. Player of the Week, and NCCAA Student Athlete of the Week.

The Lady Bobcat volleyball team closed out their 2017 season with a 30-7 record.