Senior Destinee Hooker (Texas) has been unanimously selected the Big 12 Volleyball Player of the Year, becoming the first Longhorn in five years to receive the honor and third overall.
Iowa State's Christy Johnson-Lynch has earned Coach of the Year from her peers, while the Cyclones' Ashley Mass has been tabbed Libero of the Year for the second straight season. Other individual winners include Newcomer of the Year Paola Ampudia (Missouri), Freshman of the Year Hannah Werth (Nebraska) and Defensive Player of the Year Anna Breyfogle (Baylor).
The All-Big 12 awards are chosen by the league's head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own players.
Hooker led the Longhorns to their first outright Big 12 title since 1997. UT has won at least a share of the league crown three times (2007-09) in Hooker's four-year tenure. In 2009, the San Antonio, Texas-outside hitter paced the Conference in points (6.02), kills (5.00) and service aces (0.47) per set in Big 12 matches. She also finished second in hitting percentage, posting a .355 mark against league opponents. Hooker, who has earned All-America honors in each of the past three seasons, received Big 12 Player of the Week recognition six times this year to bring her career total to 13, a Big 12 record. She is named to the All-Big 12 First Team for the fourth consecutive season.
Johnson-Lynch has guided the Cyclones to their best Big 12 season to date, registering a school record-17 conference victories to capture second place in the league, ISU's highest finish ever. She is the first Iowa State coach to receive this honor. In '09, Johnson-Lynch's squad has also recorded its best national ranking (No. 7) and RPI rating (No. 7) in the program's history. ISU handed Big 12 champion Texas its only loss of the regular season and also defeated Nebraska to snap a 75-match losing streak to the Huskers. During conference action, Iowa State led the league in digs per set with 18.43. Johnson-Lynch and the Cyclones (25-4) will make their fourth-straight NCAA Championship appearance this week.
For the second year in a row, Mass has compiled the most digs in the Big 12. She tallied 377 this season, which produced 5.63 per contest for the Cyclones. Mass broke both the three- and five-set dig records against Baylor after notching 33 (Sept. 23) and 42 (Oct. 28) in those matches. The Muskego, Wis.-junior became the first player in Big 12 history to record 40 or more digs in a match and broke a 14-year old school record with her performance. She has been honored as the Defensive Player of the Week on six occasions in '09 and 12 times in her career.
Ampudia averaged 5.21 points, 4.69 kills and 2.20 digs in her first season of Big 12 play. The Miami Dade-transfer ranked second in points and kills behind Hooker. On Nov. 28 at Texas A&M, she became the ninth player in program history to post at least 400 kills in a single-season and the eighth under the tutelage of Wayne and Susan Kreklow. Ampudia's 410 kills rank 11th in Mizzou's single-season annals. During the '09 campaign, she posted Big 12 season-highs for the most points (37) and kills (35) in a four-set victory at Kansas on Oct. 24. Ampudia, the only Tiger in Big 12 history to be tabbed Newcomer of the Year, was named Rookie of the Week four times.
Werth led all Big 12 freshmen in points (3.77) and kills (3.38) per set in Conference action and ranked sixth and eighth overall in those respective categories. She also contributed 3.12 digs per set for the Huskers, the second-highest total for a non-libero in the league. The Springfield, Ill.-native is the first Husker to pace the team in kills since 2004. Werth, who registered 11 double-doubles, collected six Rookie of the Week accolades.
Breyfogle earns the first individual award in nine years for the Bears (Stevie Nicholas, Freshman of the Year, 2000). She averaged 1.31 blocks to end the season on top of that statistical category. The Buda, Texas-senior has recorded a block in 89 straight matches dating back to 2006. Breyfogle ranks second all-time at Baylor and first in the rally-scoring era with 609 blocks.
Iowa State and Nebraska placed a league-leading five selections each on the All-Big 12 teams. Ashley Engle joins her teammate Hooker as the only four-time All-Big 12 honorees on the '09 squad. Both Longhorns have been named to the first team in each year of their career. Juliann Faucette (Texas) earns her third first-team accolade, while several are being recognized for the second time.
2009 ALL-BIG 12 VOLLEYBALL AWARDS
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Destinee Hooker, Texas, OH, Sr., 6-4, San Antonio, Texas/Southwest^
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Paola Ampudia, Missouri, OH/RS, Jr., 6-1, Cali, Colombia/Miami Dade College^
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Hannah Werth, Nebraska, OH, Fr., 6-1, Springfield, Ill./Glenwood
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Anna Breyfogle, Baylor, MB, Sr., 6-1, Buda, Texas/Hays
LIBERO OF THE YEAR: Ashley Mass, Iowa State, DS/L, Jr., 5-8, Muskego, Wis./Muskego^
COACH OF THE YEAR: Christy Johnson-Lynch, Iowa State
|ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM|
|Name, School||Pos.||Cl.||Ht.||Hometown/Previous School|
|Taylor Barnes, Baylor||S||Sr.||5-11||Arlington, Texas/Martin|
|Anna Breyfogle, Baylor||MB||Sr.||6-1||Buda, Texas/Hays|
|Victoria Henson, Iowa State||OH||Jr.||5-11||Leavenworth, Kan./Leavenworth|
|Kaylee Manns, Iowa State||S||Sr.||5-10||Topeka, Kan./Washburn Rural|
|Ashley Mass, Iowa State^||DS/L||Jr.||5-8||Muskego, Wis./Muskego|
|Paola Ampudia, Missouri||OH/RS||Jr.||6-1||Cali, Colombia/Miami Dade College|
|Sydney Anderson, Nebraska||S||Jr.||6-0||Salt Lake City, Utah/Utah|
|Kori Cooper, Nebraska||MB||Sr.||6-2||Amarillo, Texas/Amarillo|
|Brooke Delano, Nebraska||MB||So.||6-4||Bellevue, Neb./Bellevue West|
|Ashley Engle, Texas||S/RS||Sr.||6-3||Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza|
|Juliann Faucette, Texas||OH||Jr.||6-2||San Diego, Calif./Westview|
|Destinee Hooker, Texas^||OH||Sr.||6-4||San Antonio, Texas/Southwest|
|Sarah Ammerman, Texas A&M||OH||Sr.||6-2||Parker, Colo./Chaparral|
|Jennifer Banse, Texas A&M||OH||Sr.||6-0||San Antonio, Texas/Churchill|
|ALL-BIG 12 HONORABLE MENTION|
|Name, School||Pos.||Cl.||Ht.||Hometown/Previous School|
|Rachel Hockaday, Iowa State||OH||So.||6-0||Decatur, Ill./Maroa-Forsyth|
|Kelsey Chipman, Kansas State||MB||Sr.||6-1||Topeka, Kan./Washburn Rural|
|Kayla Banwarth, Nebraska||L||Jr.||5-11||Dubuque, Iowa/Wahlert Catholic|
|Hannah Werth, Nebraska||OH||Fr.||6-1||Springfield, Ill./Glenwood|
|Brianne Barker, Oklahoma||S||So.||5-9||Amarillo, Texas/Amarillo|
|Francie Ekwerekwu, Oklahoma||MB||Jr.||5-11||Arlington, Texas/Arlington|
|Name, School||Pos.||Ht.||Hometown/Previous School|
|Torri Campbell, Baylor||MB||6-2||Amarillo, Texas/Amarillo|
|Jamie Straube, Iowa State^||MB||6-2||Tecumseh, Neb./Johnson County Central|
|Hannah Werth, Nebraska^||OH||6-1||Springfield, Ill./Glenwood|
|María Fernanda, Oklahoma||L||5-7||Rio Piedras, P.R./Colegio Adianaez|
|Bailey Webster, Texas||OH/OPP||6-3||Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School For Girls|
|Lindsey Miller, Texas A&M||MB||6-2||Katy, Texas/Cinco Ranch|