Dec. 1, 2011
MADISON, Wis. – Junior Alexis Mitchell and sophomore Dominique Thompson, both middle blockers on the Wisconsin volleyball team, were honored by COBRA Magazine earlier this week. COBRA Magazine honors the success of volleyball players of African descent with all-region teams after every regular season while hoping to encourage African-American girls across the country to take up the sport of volleyball.
Mitchell earned a spot on COBRA’s Midwest All-Region Team for the second straight year. She was also named honorable mention All-Big Ten for the second year in a row. Mitchell led Wisconsin with 1.00 blocks per set and a .306 hitting percentage, both good for 10th in the Big Ten. She hit .285 thus far in her career, the seventh-highest mark on Wisconsin’s career records list. The Davenport, Iowa, native tied her career high with nine blocks at N.C. State (Sept. 2nd) and hit a career-high .688 (12-1-16) against South Florida (Sept. 16th). Mitchell also led the Badgers in kills in six matches and was the team’s leading blocker in 18 matches.
Thompson received honorable mention honors from COBRA, the first of her career. She either recorded or tied her career high marks in every statistical category this season, including adding a career-high seven blocks against Minnesota (Oct. 19th). Thompson hit .274 this season and averaged 0.81 blocks per set, both second-highest on the team behind Mitchell. She added a career-high 16.0 points with 11 kills (also a career best mark) and four total blocks while hitting .429 against South Florida. The Plymouth, Minn., native led the Badgers in blocks in eight matches and had the team’s highest hitting percentage in five matches.
COBRA Magazine Midwest All-Region Team
Butler, Maureen Bamiro, MB, Sr.
Chicago, Isis Smalls, OH, Sr.
Cincinnati, Jordanne Scott, MB, Jr.
Iowa State, Tenisha Matlock, RS/OH, So.
Marquette, Ciara Jones, OH, Sr.
Michigan State, Alexis Mathews, MB, So.
Michigan State, Kyndra Abron, OH, Sr.
Notre Dame, Toni Alugbue, OH/RS, Fr.
Ohio State, Mariah Booth, MB, Jr.
Purdue, Kierra Jones, MB, Fr.
St. Francis (Ill.) Jazzmyne Robbins, OH, Jr.
Western Michigan, Ashley Turnage, MB, Sr.
Western Michigan, Jessica Brown, MB, Jr.
Western Michigan, Lena Oliver, L, So.
Wisconsin, Alexis Mitchell, MB, Jr.
Indiana State, Kiya James, L, Sr.
Michigan State, Jazmine White, MB, Fr.
Northwestern, Yewande Akanbi, OH, Fr.
Southern Illinois, Jessica Whitehead, OH, So.
Western Michigan, Gillian Asque, OH, So.
Wisconsin, Dominique Thompson, MB, So.