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MU's Kreklow & UT's Elliott Earn AVCA Regional Recognition
December 07, 2010

Molly Kreklow (Missouri) has been named the American Volleyball Coaches Association's Central Region Freshman of the Year, while Jerritt Elliott (Texas) has been tabbed the regional coach of the year.

Kreklow, who was an All-Big 12 honorable mention selection, is the first Tiger to earn AVCA Central Region Freshman of the Year since 2002. The Delano, Mo.-native finished the regular season ranked second in the Big 12 in assists per set at 11.70, and led the league most of the season. She guided the Tigers to rank in the Big 12's top four in each of the major offensive statistical categories (kills, hitting, assists) this season and helped the Tigers average 14.18 kills per set on .231 hitting this season.

In his 10th season at UT, Elliott's squad advanced to its fifth straight regional last weekend after defeating UTSA in the first round and No. 9 UCLA in the second round.  The Longhorns (25-5) carry a 17-match win streak into the NCAA Championship's Austin Regional.  UT had victories over No. 2 Nebraska, No. 9/16 Iowa State (twice) and No. 23 Long Beach State during the regular season. Elliott guided his team to a second-place finish in the Big 12 with an 18-2 mark. Elliott shared the Big 12 Coach of the Year honor with Nebraska's John Cook in 2010.  It marked the third time he received the accolade.

Overall, nine Big 12 players have been named to the AVCA Central Region Team. Big 12 Player of the Year Juliann Faucette (Texas) and three-time All-Big 12 First Team selection Victoria Henson (Iowa State) make the squad for the third time in their careers, while it marked Brooke Delano's (Nebraska) second all-region award. In addition, four more student-athletes have been recognized as honorable mention.


Coach of the Year
: Jerritt Elliott, Texas

Freshman of the Year
:  Molly Kreklow, Missouri

All-Region Team
Victoria Henson, Iowa State 
Jamie Straube, Iowa State 
Paola Ampudia, Missouri 
Brooke Delano, Nebraska 
Lindsey Licht, Nebraska
Hannah Werth, Nebraska
Brianne Barker, Oklahoma
Rachael Adams, Texas
Juliann Faucette, Texas

All-Region Honorable Mention
Ashley Mass, Iowa State 
Molly Kreklow, Missouri 
Caitlyn Vann, Missouri
Suzy Boulavsky, Oklahoma


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