Koberstein, Bailey and Niemann Named All-Americans
Dec. 18, 2013
LOUISVILLE – Marquette University senior setter Elizabeth Koberstein was named an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Third Team All-American on Wednesday afternoon, while freshman outside hitter Autumn Bailey and redshirt freshman middle hitter Meghan Niemann each earned honorable mention accolades.
Koberstein becomes the second two-time AVCA All-American in Marquette history, and the first to earn mention on one of the AVCA’s top three teams. Bailey and Niemann each earn the first All-America recognition of their respective careers.
It is also the fourth-straight year that three Marquette players have earned AVCA All-America honors.
Koberstein will be honored along with other members of the AVCA All-America teams on Dec. 19-21 at the AVCA’s annual convention in Seattle during NCAA Final Four weekend.
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 third individually in the nation in assists per set at 12.18 per frame. The Madison, Wis., native ends her career fourth in Marquette history with 2,868 assists.
Bailey, the AVCA East Coast Region Freshman of the Year, 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.
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.
Marquette head coach Bond Shymansky has had 19 student-athletes earn All-American distinction a total of 26 times in his 12-year head coaching career.
All three student-athletes moved on to the All-America ballot after being named AVCA All-East Coast Region on Dec. 10.