Creighton To Induct Three into Athletic Hall of Fame; Honor Jaybackers of the Year

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Omaha, Neb. The Creighton University Athletic Hall of Fame will add three alumni to its ranks on Wednesday, April 8, at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Omaha. This year’s inductees are Melissa Walsh Albers, Carrie Welle Anderson and Rick Freehling. Pat and Dorothy Nipp will receive the 2009 Jaybackers of the Year Award.

Albers is a 2002 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences and is the first volleyball player in school history to join the Creighton Athletic Hall of Fame. She received numerous honors during her playing time, including a three first-team all-Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) pick, two-time all-MVC Tournament Team and a three-time member of the MVC’s Scholar-Athlete First Team. As a senior, she led the conference with 4.22 kills per set, the first Creighton volleyball player in history to lead the conference in any statistical category. In 2006, Albers was named to the conference’s All-Centennial Volleyball Team.

Albers and her husband Derick reside in University City, Mo., where she is a senior graphic designer.

Anderson, a 1998 College of Business graduate, was recently honored with selection to the MVC All-Centennial Team for basketball. She was a three-time first team all-Valley and MVC Scholar-Athlete honoree, earning MVC Player of the Year honors as a junior in 1997. As a senior, she was named a second-team Academic All-American. She was also named the 1998 NCAA Woman of the Year for the state of Nebraska as well as the 1998 Omaha College Sportswoman of the Year. In the Creighton record books, she still ranks first in free-throws made and attempted, fifth in scoring average, sixth in scoring and eighth in field goal percentage.

Anderson and her husband Marshall have two children and reside in Fargo, N. D., where she serves as vice president of training and resource development for the American Cancer Society.

Freehling, a 1994 College of Business graduate, was a member of the Creighton University’s 1991 College World Series baseball team. He holds Creighton records for hits, at-bats and triples and ranks second in runs and walks. He also ranks among the top 10 in stolen bases, runs batted in (RBIs) and games played. Freehling was named a second-team all-MVC selection in each of his final three seasons. He went on to play in minors for two years, 1992 and 1993, and came back to Creighton as a volunteer assistant coach in 1995 and 1996. He teaches critical thinking and reasoning at the middle school level and he and his wife Toni have three children and reside in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Pat and Dorothy Nipp of Omaha are being honored for their work in the Jaybackers organization. The Jaybackers focus on strengthening and promoting broad-based support for intercollegiate athletics at Creighton University by serving as ambassadors and providing funding to offset the costs of competing at the Division I level.

Pat, a 1955 School of Business graduate, played baseball at Creighton has served as a past president of the Jaybackers. The couple attends the Bluejay Jamboree and often takes road trips with the men’s basketball team. Regular donors to the athletic program, the Nipps’ have five children and six grandchildren.
Reservations for the event can be made by calling 402.280.2984 or e-mailing Brent Hogan at by April 3, 2009.

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