Texas’ Haley Eckerman collected her third consecutive Big 12 Player of the Year honor to headline the 2014 Big 12 Volleyball postseason awards, while Caitlin Nolan (Iowa State) is the 2014 Libero of the Year and Julia Doyle (Oklahoma) is the Setter of the Year. K-State’s Kylee Zumach earned the 2014 Freshman of the Year award. Texas head coach Jerritt Elliott claimed the Coach of the Year honor. The postseason awards are determined by a vote of the league’s head coaches who are not permitted to vote for their own student-athletes.
Eckerman is only the second player in conference history to earn the Player of the Year honor in three years, joining Nebraska’s Sarah Pavan (2005-07). Nolan maintains Iowa State’s streak of Libero of the Year honors as the past seven recipients have been Cyclones. Zumach’s accolade is the first time K-State has had an award-winner in the category. She is also the first Wildcat to win an individual conference honor since 2007. Both Zumach and Nolan were unanimous choices for their respective awards.
Eckerman, who claims Texas’ eighth Player of the Year honor, ranked in the top 10 in the league in points, kills and service aces for overall matches and conference-only matches. The senior, who has been a part of all four of Texas’ Big 12 regular season titles from 2011-14, led the Longhorns in kills with an average of 3.17 during the regular season. Eckerman is the eighth player in league history to earn All-Big 12 First Team honors in all four years.
Nolan led the league with an average of 5.74 digs in overall matches this season along with 5.77 in conference-only matches (averaging over 1.00 more than the second-place libero in the league). She totaled at least 10 digs in 25 of ISU’s matches on the season and owns four of the top five dig outputs in Big 12 matches on the year. Nolan has also collected four Defensive Player of the Week honors on the year.
Doyle finished the conference season with an assist average of 11.06 along with a 10.66 average in overall matches as the Sooners finished in a tie for second place in the conference standings. The junior also averaged 2.18 digs. She recorded 40 or more assists in 19 of Oklahoma’s 30 regular season matches and ranks fourth in the conference with 11 double-doubles.
A five-time Big 12 Rookie of the Week selection this season, Zumach ranks fourth in the league in kills (3.59) and points (3.92) in overall matches - the only freshman in the top 10 in the league in either category. In Big 12 action, she finished fifth with 3.59 kills per set and 3.87 points per set, again the only freshman in the top 10 in both categories. Zumach closed out the regular season with a .262 hitting percentage and became the K-State record holder for most kills in a season by a freshman. She is the first Wildcat since 2011 to total 400 or more kills in a season.
In his 15th season at Texas, Jerritt Elliott guided the Longhorns to their fourth straight Big 12 regular season title as UT posted a 15-1 mark in league play. Texas closed out the regular season with a 23-2 overall record and has been ranked in the top five nationally all season. The Longhorns have won 30 of their last 31 Big 12 matches with Elliott’s 216 Big 12 wins the most by a Big 12 coach in conference history. Elliott is a five-time Big 12 Coach of the Year selection having won the honor in 2004, ‘07, ‘10, ‘11 and ‘14.
The 2014 All-Big 12 First Team is highlighted by a trio of selections from Oklahoma and Texas with Sooners Madison Ward and Kierra Holst honored as unanimous choices. UT’s Eckerman becomes a four-time first team selection and Khat Bell a three-time first team member. Eckerman and 2013 Big 12 Freshman of the Year Chiaka Ogbogu were also unanimous choices.
Iowa State, Kansas and K-State each placed a pair of members on the All-Big 12 First Team. ISU’s Victoria Hurtt earned first team recognition for the second time in her career (2012). KU’s Chelsea Albers repeats as a first team honoree while sophomore Tayler Soucie claimed a spot after earning 2013 All-Freshman Team honors. In addition to earning the Freshman of the Year award unanimously, Zumach was a unanimous All-Big 12 First Team and All-Freshman Team selection. She is joined on the first team by fellow underclassman, sophomore Katie Brand. Baylor’s Andie Malloy and West Virginia’s Jordan Anderson complete the 14-member first team.
Including honorable mention and All-Freshman Team members, Kansas totaled the most All-Big 12 selections with seven, while Iowa State and Texas each recorded five honorees. K-State and Oklahoma earned four distinctions each.
Kansas placed a pair of rookies on the All-Freshman Team in Ainise Havili and Kelsi Payne. Havili also earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention accolades and was a unanimous choice on the All-Freshman Team along with Zumach and Texas libero Cat McCoy.
2014 ALL-BIG 12 VOLLEYBALL POSTSEASON AWARDS
COACH OF THE YEAR: Jerritt Elliott, Texas
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Haley Eckerman, Texas (6-3, Sr., OH, Waterloo, Iowa/East)
LIBERO OF THE YEAR: Caitlin Nolan, Iowa State (5-8, Jr., Southlake, Texas/Carroll)^
SETTER OF THE YEAR: Julia Doyle, Oklahoma (6-2, Jr., Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata)
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Kylee Zumach, Kansas State (6-4, OH, Buffalo, Minn./Buffalo)^
|ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM|
|Name, School||Ht.||Yr.||Pos.||Hometown/Last School|
|Andie Malloy, Baylor||6-2||Jr.||OH||Allen, Texas/Iowa State|
|Victoria Hurtt, Iowa State*~||6-2||Sr.||OH||Kansas City, Kan./Archbishop O'Hara|
|Caitlin Nolan, Iowa State||5-8||Jr.||L||Southlake, Texas/Carroll|
|Chelsea Albers, Kansas^%||6-1||Sr.||OH||Papillion, Neb./Papillion LaVista|
|Tayler Soucie, Kansas$||6-1||So.||MB||Osawatomie, Kan./Osawatomie|
|Katie Brand, Kansas State$||6-1||So.||S||Grand Island, Neb./Central Catholic|
|Kylee Zumach, Kansas State^||6-4||Fr.||OH||Buffalo, Minn./Buffalo|
|Julia Doyle, Oklahoma||6-2||Jr.||S||Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata|
|Kierra Holst, Oklahoma^||6-4||Jr.||OH||Coppell, Texas/Coppell|
|Madison Ward, Oklahoma^$||6-1||So.||OH||Lawton, Okla./Cache|
|Khat Bell, Texas@||6-2||Sr.||MB/OH||Mesquite, Texas/North Mesquite|
|Haley Eckerman, Texas^#||6-3||Sr.||OH||Waterloo, Iowa/East|
|Chiaka Ogbogu, Texas^%$||6-2||So.||MB||Coppell, Texas/Coppell|
|Jordan Anderson, West Virginia^~$||6-0||So.||OH||Flower Mound, Texas/Flower Mound|
|Name, School||Ht.||Yr.||Pos.||Hometown/Last School|
|Alexis Conaway, Iowa State||6-0||Fr.||OH/MB||Orange City, Iowa/MOC-Floyd Valley|
|Ainise Havili, Kansas||5-10||Fr.||S||Fort Worth, Texas/Haltom|
|Tiana Dockery, Kansas||5-10||Jr.||OH||Richmond, Texas/Foster|
|Sara McClinton, Kansas%*||6-2||Sr.||OH||Omaha, Neb./Millard North|
|Natali Jones, Kansas State||6-2||Sr.||MB||Pratt, Kan./Pratt CC|
|Ashley Smith, TCU||6-1||So.||OH||League City, Texas/Clear Creek|
|Amy Neal, Texas||5-10||Jr.||L/OH||Austin, Texas/Lake Travis|
|Rachel Brummitt, Texas Tech~||5-6||Sr.||DS/L||Plano, Texas/Radford|
|Breeann David, Texas Tech||5-11||Sr.||OH||Denver City, Texas/Denver City|
|Lauren Douglass, Texas Tech||6-2||So.||MB/RS||Flower Mound, Texas/Ole Miss|
|Name, School||Ht.||Pos.||Hometown/Last School|
|Alexis Conaway, Iowa State||6-0||OH/MB||Orange City, Iowa/MOC-Floyd Valley|
|Ainise Havili, Kansas^||5-10||S||Fort Worth, Texas/Haltom|
|Kelsie Payne, Kansas||6-3||MB||Austin, Texas/John B. Connally|
|Kylee Zumach, Kansas State^||6-4||OH||Buffalo, Minn./Buffalo|
|Marion Hazelwood, Oklahoma||6-3||MB||Beach City, Texas/Barbers Hill|
|Cat McCoy, Texas^||5-7||L||Southlake, Texas/Carroll|
Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes
^ Unanimous Selection
# Four-time All-Big 12 First Team Member (2011-14)
@ Three-time All-Big 12 First Team Member (2012-14)
% All-Big 12 First Team in 2013
~ All-Big 12 Honorable Mention in 2013
$ All-Freshman Team in 2013
* All-Big 12 First Team in 2012