2011 All-Big 12 Volleyball Postseason Awards Announced
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          Release: 11/28/2011
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Big 12 champion Texas' Bailey Webster, Haley Eckerman and head coach Jerritt Elliott headline the 2011 All-Big 12 Volleyball postseason awards. Webster has been selected the Player of the Year, while Eckerman was a unanimous choice for Freshman of the Year and Elliott picked up his fourth Coach of the Year honor.

Kristen Hahn (Iowa State) earned the Libero of the Year honor, the fourth-straight season the award has gone to a Cyclone. The Sooners claimed two distinctions as Sallie McLaurin was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Year and Carlee Roethlisberger collected Newcomer of the Year, the first for an Oklahoma student-athlete since 2003.

The All-Big 12 awards are chosen by the league's head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own players.

Webster finished the 2011 regular season fourth in Big 12 matches in hitting percentage with a .348 mark. She also averaged 3.26 kills (ninth) and 3.78 (10th) points in conference contests for the fifth-ranked Longhorns. The Baltimore, Md.-native is only the third underclassmen to garner Player of the Year honors and first since 2005. Webster leads Texas with 2.78 kills per set and is second on the squad with 3.29 points as the Longhorns enter the NCAA Championship with the No. 1 national seed and a 28-match home win streak. It is also Webster's first All-Big 12 First Team honor. She was a member of the 2009 All-Freshman Team and suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2010.

Eckerman is the fifth Longhorn to earn Freshman of the Year honors. The Waterloo, Iowa-native is the only freshman in the league in the top 10 for points this season, averaging 4.23 (sixth) in Big 12 play and 3.93 (seventh) in overall matches. She also ranks in the top five in kills with 3.76 (fifth) and service aces with 0.26 (fourth) in league matches this season. Eckerman has been honored with Rookie of the Week five times and earned Player of the Week on two occasions for a total of seven Conference weekly awards this year. She ended the regular season with three-straight rookie honors. Eckerman has double-digit kills in her past eight matches and a total of 20 matches with 10 or more, including three contests with 20 or more.

Hahn finished the regular season ranked first in the league in digs in overall matches and Big 12 matches, averaging 5.46 and 5.54, respectively. Her mark in conference play was .40 above the next-best libero. The Cyclones as a team are currently ranked 18th in the nation averaging 17.91 digs, while Hahn ranks 16th individually. The sophomore is a four-time Defensive Player of the Week recipient for 2011. She has recorded 13 matches with 20 or more digs and two with 30 or more, including a 35-dig effort on Sept. 10 over North Dakota State. In 2010, Hahn saw action in 17 matches, starting two and recording 81 digs. This season she appeared in 97 sets and recorded 537 digs.

McLaurin was the 2010 Freshman of the Year and becomes the third Big 12 student-athlete to earn Defensive Player of the Year honors the year after earning Freshman of the Year. The sophomore leads the league in blocks in overall matches (1.35) and conference-only contests (1.43), while also ranking seventh in hitting percentage in overall games with a mark of .331. The Sooner collected two Defensive Player of the Week honors this season and is an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention member. She is the second OU student-athlete to win the Defensive Player of the Year, joining Elaine Santos who shared the honor in 2006. McLaurin also currently ranks 20th in the nation in blocks per set.

Roethlisberger joined the OU volleyball team after spending four years on the Sooner women's basketball squad, where she finished her hoops career tied for third in Big 12 and OU annals with 139 games played. As a middle blocker, she finished her first season with OU volleyball with 147 kills in 89 sets. The senior also hit .300 to end the regular season and averaged 2.13 points along with 0.83 blocks and 0.27 digs.

Elliott was named the Coach of the Year for the second-straight season after sharing the honors in 2010. His Texas squad carries a 14-match win streak and the No. 1 national seed into the postseason. UT also claimed its fifth conference crown, finishing the regular season with a 22-4 record that includes a 15-1 mark in Big 12 play. Texas carries the nation's second-longest active home winning streak into NCAA play having won 28-straight matches in Austin. The Longhorns are making their 28th NCAA appearance this season after advancing to the semifinals the past three years. Elliott's squad is ranked second in national RPI, fifth nationally in the AVCA poll and sixth nationally in hitting percentage.

Iowa State, Texas and Texas A&M placed a conference-leading three members on the First Team, while Texas led in overall selections with seven awards between First Team, Honorable Mention and All-Freshman honorees.

Brianne Barker and Suzy Boulavsky (Oklahoma), Rachael Adams (Texas), Kelsey Black (Texas A&M) and Amanda Dowdy (Texas Tech) become two-time All-Big 12 First Team members. Barker was also an Honorable Mention in 2009 and a member of the All-Freshman Team in 2007.

Kaitlynn Pelger (Kansas State) and Lisa Henning (Missouri), members of the 2010 All-Freshman Team, earned All-Big 12 First Team honors for their sophomore campaigns.

Carly Jenson (Iowa State), Henning, Eckerman, Webster and Black were voted unanimous First Team members. Tara Dunn (Oklahoma), Khat Bell (Texas) and Eckerman were selected unanimously for the All-Freshman Team.

2011 ALL-BIG 12 VOLLEYBALL POSTSEASON AWARDS
COACH OF THE YEAR: Jerritt Elliott, Texas
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Bailey Webster, Texas (6-3, So., OH, Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls)
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sallie McLaurin, Oklahoma (6-2, So., MB, Midwest City, Okla./Carl Albert)
LIBERO OF THE YEAR: Kristen Hahn, Iowa State (5-6, So., L, Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy)
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Haley Eckerman, Texas^ (6-3, Fr., OH, Waterloo, Iowa/East)
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Carlee Roethlisberger, Oklahoma (6-1, Sr., MB, Findlay, Ohio/Findlay)

ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM
Name, School Ht. Yr. Pos. Hometown/Last School
Briana Tolbert, Baylor 6-3 Sr. MB Houston Texas/Cypress Springs
Carly Jenson, Iowa State^ 5-11 Sr. OH Omaha, Neb./Millard North
Alison Landwehr, Iowa State 6-0 Jr. S St. Louis, Mo./Parkway West
Jamie Straube, Iowa State 6-2 Jr., MB Tecumseh, Neb./Johnson County Central
Kaitlynn Pelger, Kansas State 6-2 So. MB Olathe, Kan./Olathe South
Lisa Henning, Missouri^ 6-1 So. OH Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs
Brianne Barker, Oklahoma^% 5-9 Sr. S Amarillo, Texas/Amarillo
Suzy Boulavsky, Oklahoma% 6-1 Sr. OH/RS Houston, Texas/Clear Brook
Rachael Adams, Texas^% 6-2 Sr. MB Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame
Haley Eckerman, Texas^ 6-3 Fr. OH Waterloo, Iowa/East
Bailey Webster, Texas^ 6-3 So. OH Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls
Kelsey Black, Texas A&M^% 5-11 Sr. OH Amarillo, Texas/Amarillo
Alisia Kastmo, Texas A&M 6-4 Jr. RS/OPP Tyler, Texas/All Saints Episcopal
Lindsey Miller, Texas A&M 6-2 Jr. MB Katy, Texas/Cinco Ranch
Amanda Dowdy, Texas Tech% 6-3 Sr. OH Lexington, Texas/Lexington
 
HONORABLE MENTION
Name, School Ht. Yr. Pos. Hometown/Last School
Caroline Jarmoc,Kansas 6-2 So. MB Calgary, Alberta, Canada/Springbank Community
Allison Mayfield, Kansas 6-1 Sr. OH Overland Park, Kan./St. Thomas Aquinas
Lilla Porubek, Kansas State 6-1 So. OH Budapest, Hungary
Molly Kreklow, Missouri 6-3 So. S Delano, Minn./Delano
Sallie McLaurin,Oklahoma 6-2 So. MB Midwest City, Okla./Carl Albert
Hannah Allison, Texas 5-11 So. S Siloam Springs, Ark./Siloam Springs
Khat Bell, Texas 6-1 Fr. MB Mesquite, Texas/North Mesquite
 
ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Name, School Ht. Yr. Pos. Hometown/Last School
Adri Nora, Baylor 6-3 Fr. RS Stillwater, Minn./Stillwater Area
Whitney Little, Missouri 6-3 Fr. MB Keller, Texas/Keller
Emily Wilson, Missouri 6-2 Fr. OH Omaha, Neb./Gross Catholic
Tara Dunn, Oklahoma^ 6-2 Fr. OH Poth, Okla./Poth
Khat Bell, Texas^ 6-1 Fr. MB Mesquite, Texas/North Mesquite
Haley Eckerman, Texas^ 6-3 Fr. OH Waterloo, Iowa/East

^ Unanimous Selection
% All-Big 12 First Team Member in 2010
**Ties in voting created a 15-member First Team and seven Honorable Mention members
Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes

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