(Editor’s note: Montana State University media release)
BOZEMAN – Montana State libero Allyssa Rizzo was named Second-Team All-Big Sky Conference on Tuesday, announced the Big Sky Conference in a vote by the league’s eleven head coaches.
Rizzo, a junior from Crestwood, Illinois, recently set the Montana State single-season record for digs. Last weekend, she became the first Bobcat in history to go over the 600 dig-plateau. On the season, Rizzo is averaging 5.51 digs per set, which ranks second in the Big Sky and 15th in the nation. In addition, her 606 digs is second in the conference and 18th in the country.
“Allyssa has had an outstanding year and this recognition is well deserved and has been a long time coming,” said MSU head coach Daniel Jones. “The work she has put into her craft has truly paid-off. I know Allyssa recognizes the work of her teammates to put her in situations where she has been able to find success. We’re looking forward to her senior season and watching her continue to raise the bar of what it means to be a top, if not the top, libero in the Big Sky Conference.”
Rizzo has recorded five matches with 30 or more digs and 17 matches with 20 or more saves this season. She registered a career-high 34 digs on two occasions this fall coming against Portland State and Southern Utah. Rizzo’s career total stands at 1,450 digs, which ranks fourth all-time in MSU history and just 270 digs shy of the all-time Bobcat mark of 1,720 set by Kandice Kelly Gregorak from 2003-06.
Rizzo is the first Bobcat to garner all-conference honors since Natalee Godfrey earned second-team kudos in 2015.