Bailey, Koberstein and Niemann AVCA All-Region
Dec. 10, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Marquette senior setter Elizabeth Koberstein along with freshman outside hitter Autumn Bailey and redshirt freshman middle hitter Meghan Niemann were named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-East Coast Region Team on Tuesday afternoon.
Bailey, the 2013 BIG EAST Conference Freshman of the Year, was named the region's freshman of the year, joining former MU setter Chelsea Heier (2011) as the only other Golden Eagle to earn the honor.
Koberstein, the 2013 BIG EAST Player of the Year, led the Golden Eagles to league-best marks in hitting percentage, assists and kills, while ranking fourth individually in the nation in assists per set. The Madison, Wis., native ends her career fourth in Marquette history with 2,868 assists.
Bailey becomes the second MU player to earn freshman of the year distinction following 2011 recipient Heier. Bailey led the BIG EAST in both kills (4.61/set) and points (5.35) per set during league matches and sits 33rd and 28th, respectively, in both categories in overall matches. She is second among all freshmen in NCAA Division I with 4.16 kills and 4.76 points per set and reached a season-high of 29 kills in her first BIG EAST match against DePaul, the highest total for an MU player since 2007.
Neimann hit a team-best .344 on the season and .368 in league play, while averaging 2.75 kills and 0.74 blocks per set. The Jackson, Wis., native reached double digits in kills in 13 of Marquette's final 14 matches as the Golden Eagles amassed a program-record 15-match win streak before the NCAA Second Round loss to No. 18 Illinois.
It is the first career postseason AVCA honor for Bailey and Niemann, while Koberstein also earned all-region and All-America recognition in 2012. It is the fourth-straight year that three Marquette players have earned AVCA All-Region honors.
The No. 22 Golden Eagles went 26-6 overall in 2013 and a program-best 15-1 in BIG EAST Conference play on their way to league regular season and tournament titles. They also made their third straight trip to the NCAA Championship and advanced to the second round for the second time.
All three student-athletes advance to the AVCA All-America ballot, the results of which will be revealed on Wednesday, Dec. 18.