Alfred State College sophomores Yurika Toyodome (Tokyo, Japan) and Jenni Jerome (Syracuse/Westhill) have been named All-Americans by the Division III of the NJCAA. Toyodome was a first team selection while Jerome was named honorable mention.
Toyodome and Jerome helped lead the Lady Pioneers to the best volleyball season in school history. The team finished the campaign with a new school record 38 victories (38-4) and a 4th place finish at the NJCAA Division III National Championships.
The All-American honor caps a well decorated season for Toyodome. She was named the Region III Division III Player of the Year, 1st team All-Region, 1st team All-WNYAC, and All-Tournament team at both the Region III Championship and the National Championships. In tournament play during the regular season she was named all-tournament at Mohawk Valley, Alfred State, and Onondaga CC.
Toyodome finished the season with a team high 400 kills (3.7 kills per game) and a team high .490 hitting percentage. She also collected 307 digs, 60 blocks, and 41 service aces. This season she recorded eight double-doubles (kills and digs) and finished 16 matches with over 10 kills.
For her career (2006 & 2008) she finishes with 652 kills, 527 assists, 460 digs, 140 blocks, and 81 aces. During her two years of play the Lady Pioneers racked up a 70-7 record.
Jerome capped off a solid two year career in which the Lady Pioneers were 74-10 and won back-to-back Region III Championships. Her honors this season previous to being named All-American included 1st team All-Region, 1st team All-WNYAC, and preseason All-American. She was named the MVP of the Region III tournament, the Mohawk Valley CC tournament, and the Alfred State tournament. She was all tourney at the Onondaga tournament as well.
This season Jerome finished with 378 kills (3.4 per game) and a .249 hitting percentage. She chipped in 364 digs, 46 service aces and 21 blocks. She recoreded more than 10 kills in a match 14 times and more than 10 digs in a match 15 times. In seven matches she finished with a double-double.
For her career (2007 & 2008), Jerome finishes with 686 kills, 690 digs, 82 service aces, and 79 blocks.
2008 is the second time in school history that a pair of Lady Pioneers have been honored. Last season Brianne McMahon and Elaina Braun were both named 1st team All-American. Alfred State has now had an All-American in volleyball three straight seasons.