Nov. 27, 2013
NEW YORK - Marquette, the BIG EAST regular-season volleyball champion, captured three of the four conference individual awards, the league announced. Senior setter Elizabeth Koberstein was named BIG EAST Player of the Year, freshman outside hitter Autumn Bailey was selected BIG EAST Freshman of the Year and the Marquette coaches were named BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year. Alyssa Warren of Seton Hall was named BIG EAST Libero of the Year.
The winners were chosen by a vote of the league's head coaches who were not permitted to vote for their own players.
The awards were announced prior to the BIG EAST Championship which will be held Nov. 29-30 on the campus of Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. Four teams will participate in the tournament. No. 1 seed Marquette will meet No. 4 seed Butler. No. 2 seed Creighton will battle No. 3 seed Xavier.
Koberstein, a senior setter, leads the BIG EAST and ranks third in the nation with 12.22 assists per set. She posted 10 matches with at least 50 and had nine double-doubles (assists-digs). She has helped Marquette to a league-leading .287 hitting percentage, which is also 10th in the nation, and a mark of .309 in conference competition. She was the 2013 Preseason BIG EAST Co-Player of the Year and a 2012 All-BIG EAST First Team selection.
Bailey became an immediate key contributor to the Marquette success. In BIG EAST competition, the freshman outside hitter was first in the league in scoring, averaging 5.35 points per set. Bailey also was first in kills per set with a 4.61 mark. In all games, she ranks first nationally among freshmen in points per set and is second in kills. Bailey recorded at least 20 kills in six matches and had 17 double-doubles (kills-digs).
Warren has won the Libero of the Year honor for a second straight year. This season, the Seton Hall senior was first in the BIG EAST with 5.66 digs per set and finished her career with 2,381 digs, more than 400 digs than any player in school history.
Led by head coach Bond Shymansky, Marquette won the BIG EAST regular-season title with a 15-1 conference record, and went 22-5 overall. The BIG EAST Coach of the Year in 2011, Shymansky is 115-44 (.723) in five seasons at Marquette. His coaching staff includes Jason Allen, Jackie Simpson and Evan Muys.
Koberstein, Bailey and Warren are part of a 12-player All-BIG EAST First Team, Koberstein and Bailey are joined by middle blocker Meghan Niemann. Second seed Creighton has two representatives, middle blocker Kelli Browning and outside hitter Leah McNary. Xavier, the No. 3 seed, has outside hitter Abbey Bessler, middle blocker Alex Smith and setter Aubree Smith. Fourth-seeded Butler had outside hitter Belle Obert and middle blocker Erica Stahl on the first team. The other All-BIG EAST First Team member is Karin Palgutova, an outside hitter from St. John's.
2013 BIG EAST Volleyball Awards
BIG EAST Player of the Year
Elizabeth Koberstein, Marquette
BIG EAST Freshman of the Year
Autumn Bailey, Marquette
BIG EAST Libero of the Year
Alyssa Warren, Seton Hall
BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year
All-BIG EAST First Team
Belle Obert, OH, Butler
Erica Stahl, MB, Butler
Kelli Browning, MB, Creighton
Leah McNary, OH, Creighton
Autumn Bailey, OH, Marquette
Elizabeth Koberstein, S, Marquette
Meghan Niemann, MB, Marquette
Karin Palgutova, OH, St. John's
Alyssa Warren, L, Seton Hall
Abbey Bessler, OH, Xavier
Alex Smith, MB, Xavier
Aubree Smith, S, Xavier
All-BIG EAST Second Team
Morgan Peterson, S, Butler
Michelle Sicner, S, Creighton
Abbie Fleener, RS, DePaul
Danielle White, MB, Georgetown
Lindsey Gosh, RS, Marquette
Julie Jeziorowski, L, Marquette
Aleksandra Wachowicz, OH, St. John's
Shelbey Manthorpe, S, Seton Hall
Stacey Manthorpe, OH, Seton Hall
Mariah Henley, L, Villanova
Gabby Pethokoukis, MB, Villanova
Alex Blair, MB, Xavier