Dana Rettke just keeps adding to her long list of collegiate accolades. Rettke is the first ever five-time first team All-American.
Of course, the extra year of eligibility the NCAA granted to student athletes due to the COVID-19 pandemic allowed Rettke to play for one more season and earn this award. Because of these circumstances, it is very unlikely that anyone else will ever be a five-time first team All-American, because they won’t be eligible to play for five seasons.
Rettke wasn’t the only Badger to earn All-American honors. In addition, setter Sydney Hilley was named to the All-American first team for the third consecutive year. Libero Lauren Barnes was a second team selection. Both Hilley and Barnes also used their extra year of eligibility to come back to Madison for one more season.
Minnesota’s Stephanie Samedy also became a five-time All-American, but her first team selection was the fourth in her career. She earned second team honors in 2019. The Badgers knocked the Golden Gophers out of the tournament on Saturday night in the Elite Eight round.
Rettke and the Badgers are now looking to win the program’s first ever national title. Wisconsin advanced to their third straight Final Four Saturday night. They will play top-seeded Louisville in the national semi-final on Thursday night at six p.m.
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