ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's (MIAC) 2013 volleyball season has been tremendous, with three nationally-ranked teams and an entertaining race for the regular-season title resulting in co-champions. Wednesday, the top individual performers were honored for their success this fall as the conference announced the recipients of the 2013 MIAC Volleyball Awards.
St. Thomas and Augsburg, which shared the MIAC title, received some of the conference's top honors, along with student-athletes from Hamline's school-record setting team and Bethel. For the second season in a row, Tommie middle blocker Kelly Foley (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall) received the MIAC's highest honor for the second-straight season as the 2013 MIAC Volleyball Player-of-the-Year. Augsburg Head Coach Jane Becker was voted the MIAC Volleyball Coach-of-the-Year by her peers for guiding her team to its first-ever share of the MIAC title.
Foley's St. Thomas teammate McKenna Reagan (Elkhorn, Neb.) shared Defensive Player-of-the-Year honors with Hamline's Lynsey Reimer (Pesota, Iowa/Western Dubuque) and Bethel first-year standout Carlee Hoppe (Shakopee, Minn.) received MIAC Rookie-of-the-Year honors. In addition, the conference recognized the 23-member All-Conference Team, as well as the 2013 Volleyball All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team. The 2013 MIAC Volleyball Awards were nominated and voted on by the conference's head coaches.
Foley's award puts her in extremely select company, as only the third player to ever win the Player-of-the-Year award multiple times and, as just a junior, she'll have an opportunity to become the first three-time winner in MIAC history next fall. Foley also was named the MIAC Rookie-of-the-Year in 2011. She headlines the 2013 All-Conference team with her third-straight selection.
The Tommie junior led her team to a share of the MIAC regular-season championship for the seventh-straight season. Foley has helped UST accumulate an overall record of 26-2, a 10-1 MIAC record and a No. 4 national ranking. Her dominance at the net is reflected in her hitting percentage, which ranks first in the MIAC at .381, and she also leads the MIAC in block assists (93) and blocks per set (1.18) while raking sixth in solo blocks (16), eighth in kills per set (3.23) and 10th in total kills (297).
Foley was even better in conference play, leading the league in block assists (43), total blocks (49) and blocks per set (1.36). She ranked second in hitting percentage (.394), eighth in kills per set (3.25), ninth in solo blocks (6) and 11th in kills (117). Foley also added 78 digs and 11 aces to her overall stat line in 2013.
Becker was voted the MIAC Coach-of-the-Year for the first time in her career after guiding Augsburg to a historic season. The Auggies grabbed a share of their first-ever MIAC title with a 10-1 conference record. Augsburg has a 28-3 overall record and is currently ranked No. 13 in Division III. Becker's team opens the MIAC Playoffs as the No. 2 seed with a home semifinal match Thursday against No. 3 Saint Benedict.
The Auggies led the MIAC in solo blocks (81), ranked second in the MIAC in kills (1,445), kills per set (14.17), assists (1,338) and assists per set (13.12) and third in hitting percentage (.257). Becker adds her first coaching honor to her MIAC Volleyball Player-of-the-Year award that she received in 2003 (as Jane Gibbs) while playing for St. Thomas.
|Lynsey Reimer||McKenna Reagan|
Reimer and Reagan both played a big role in their team's success this fall with their outstanding defensive play. Reimer helped Hamline (19-13, 6-5 MIAC) equal the school record for wins in a season and reach the MIAC Playoffs for the first time since 2007. Her 250 digs in conference play led the league, while her 5.95 digs per set ranked second. Overall, she was second with 586 digs and third with 5.19 digs per set. Reimer's 37 service aces also ranked sixth in the MIAC.
Reagan was the Tommies' defensive anchor during their championship season, and her 5.32 digs per set in overall matches ranked second in the league. Her total of 479 digs were the sixth-most in overall matches, and she ranked sixth in digs per set (4.67) and eighth in digs (168) in conference play.
Hoppe had a breakout season in her collegiate debut, leading Bethel to a 14-15 overall record and a 5-6 mark in conference play. The Royals' rookie outside hitter averaged 4.19 kills per set during conference play to rank second in the league, and her 151 kills in MIAC matches ranked third. Overall, her 3.91 kills per set ranked second in the MIAC and her 360 kills were fourth. She also added 321 digs, 37 total blocks and 26 aces in 2013 and was the only first-year player named to the All-MIAC team.
The 23-member All-Conference team included Foley, Reimer, Reagan and Hoppe, with Foley earning her spot on the team for the third season in a row. Macalester's Laura Avena, Augsburg's Emily McCourt and Saint Benedict' s Lexi Rinde joined Foley as three-time All-MIAC selections. It was the second-straight All-Conference honor for Saint Benedict's Lexi Alm and Taya Kockelman, Saint Mary's Lexi Assimos, St. Thomas' Paige Brimeyer and Jill Greenfield, Augsburg' s Ashley Peper and Concorida' s Kynndyl Ross.
The Tommies led the way with five All-Conference selections, while Augsburg, Saint Benedict, Concordia and Hamline had three apiece. Saint Mary's had two All-MIAC honorees and Macalester, Carleton, Bethel and Gustavus each had one player honored. The team was heavy on veterans with 11 seniors and eight juniors dominating the selections, along with three sophomores and one first-year player.
As part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the MIAC announced the eighth-annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team for volleyball. Members of the All-MIAC Sportsmanship team are selected by their coaches and teammates as individuals who demonstrate ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition.
2013 MIAC Volleyball Awards
Player-of-the-Year: Kelly Foley, St. Thomas (Jr., MB, St. Paul, Minn. / Cretin-Derham Hall)
Coach-of-the-Year: Jane Becker, Augsburg (Fourth season)
Co-Defensive Player-of-the-Year: Lynsey Reimer, Hamline (Jr., DS, Peosta, Iowa / Western Dubuque)
Co-Defensive Player-of-the-Year: McKenna Reagan, St. Thomas (Sr., DS, Elkhorn, Neb.)
Rookie-of-the-Year: Carlee Hoppe, Bethel (Fr., OH, Shakopee, Minn.)
2013 MIAC Volleyball All-Conference Team
|Lexi Alm||Saint Benedict||Sr.||OH||Stacy, Minn. / Forest Lake|
|Lexi Assimos||Saint Mary's||Sr.||S||Northbrook, Ill. / Glenbrook North|
|Sara Atkinson||St. Thomas||Jr.||OPP||Shoreview, Minn. / Mounds View|
|Laura Avena||Macalester||Sr.||RS||Cesis, Latvia / Riga State Gymnasium No. 1|
|Camille Benson||Carleton||So.||DS||Savage, Minn. / Burnsville|
|Paige Brimeyer||St. Thomas||Sr.||MB||Dubuque, Iowa / Hempstead|
|Kelly Foley||St. Thomas||Jr.||MB||St. Paul, Minn. / Cretin-Derham Hall|
|Sam Greeney-Hamlin||Hamline||Sr.||MB||St. Cloud, Minn. / Cathedral|
|Jill Greenfield||St. Thomas||Jr.||OH||Minnetonka, Minn. / Hopkins|
|Kayla Hampton||Concordia||Sr.||MH||Benson, Minn.|
|Carlee Hoppe||Bethel||Fr.||OH||Shakopee, Minn.|
|Molly Hurrle||Hamline||Sr.||S||Kimball, Minn.|
|Taya Kockelman||Saint Benedict||Jr.||S||Minneota, Minn.|
|Emily McCourt||Augsburg||Sr.||S||Sun Prairie, Wis.|
|Colleen Ourada||Augsburg||Sr.||OH||Omaha, Neb. / Mercy|
|Ashley Peper||Augsburg||So.||RS||Bloomington, Minn. / Jefferson|
|Alex Peterson||Saint Mary's||So.||OH||Harmony, Minn. / Fillmore Central|
|McKenna Reagan||St. Thomas||Sr.||DS||Elkhorn, Neb.|
|Lynsey Reimer||Hamline||Jr.||DS||Peosta, Iowa / Western Dubuque|
|Lexi Rinde||Saint Benedict||Jr.||OH||Minnetonka, Minn. / Orono|
|Kynndyl Ross||Concordia||Jr.||RSH||McIntosh, Minn. / Win-E-Mac|
|Alyssa Taylor||Gustavus||Jr.||MH||Trimont, Minn. / Martin County West|
|Angie Waller||Concordia||Sr.||OH||Fargo, N.D. / North|
2013 Volleyball All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team
Augsburg - Katelyn Berens (Sr., Jordan, Minn. / Prior Lake)
Bethel - Hannah Indlecoffer (Jr., Vadnais Heights, Minn. / White Bear Lake)
Carleton - Rachel Johnson (Sr., Woodbury, Minn.)
Concordia - Olivia Wangensteen (So., Woodbury, Minn.)
Gustavus - Kelle Nett (So., Spring Valley, Ill. / Hall)
Hamline - Molly Hurrle (Sr., Kimball, Minn.)
Macalester - Shayna Prochovnick (So., San Francisco, Calif. / Academy of Arts & Sciences)
Saint Benedict - Kathryn Gaydos (Sr., Savage, Minn. / Prior Lake)
St. Catherine - Amber Zeiher (So., Le Sueur, Minn. / Le Sueur-Henderson)
Saint Mary's - Tayler MacVey (So., Dodge Center, Minn. / Triton)
St. Olaf - Kelly Heissel (Sr., De Pere, Wis.)
St. Thomas - Katie Maher (Sr., Hutchinson, Minn.)