Browning, McNary and Sicner Nab All-BIG EAST Honors
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Creighton Volleyball juniors Kelli Browning, Leah McNary and Michelle Sicner were each selected to the All-BIG EAST teams, announced on Wednesday, Nov. 27.
Browning and McNary were selected to the 12-person All-BIG EAST First Team, while Sicner was named to the 12-person All-BIG EAST Second Team.
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.
Browning earns First Team All-Conference accolades for the second straight year, after earning such laurels in the Missouri Valley Conference last year. She ranks eighth nationally with a league-leading 1.52 blocks per set, and is also seventh in the conference in hitting percentage.
McNary is a first-team pick for the first time after being a Second-Team All-MVC choice a year ago. McNary leads Creighton in kills and is ninth in the BIG EAST in that category.
Sicner leads Creighton with 14 double-doubles and three triple-doubles. She was named AVCA National Player of the Week on Oct. 15, and in league play ranked third in hitting percentage and seventh in assists per set.
The awards were announced prior to the BIG EAST Championship which will be held Nov. 29-30 on the Creighton campus. Four teams will participate in the tournament beginnign on Friday. No. 1 seed Marquette will meet No. 4 seed Butler at 4 pm. No. 2 seed Creighton will battle No. 3 seed Xavier at 6:30 pm.
All three championship matches will be streamed live and available for free at http://www.gocreighton.com/liveEvents/liveEvents.dbml.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: Marquette
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