MACOMB, Ill. - Western Illinois volleyball head coach April Hall announced the 2012 team awards Sunday (Dec. 2) as the team celebrated the season with a banquet at Magnolias.
"We had a great celebration planned for our student-athletes, families, administration and staff at our 2012 volleyball banquet, said coach Hall. "It was a reflection of the many strides we made, and how this program is growing and moving forward with this season as its foundation."
The Leathernecks concluded the season 11-17 overall and 4-12 in Summit League play.
"Although our wins and losses do not reflect a 'winning' season, we won on several occasions on and off the court," continued Hall. "We had several big wins at Indiana State, and then against Stephen F. Austin, Oakland, North Dakota State and Saint Louis, to name a few. We also won in the classroom, maintaining a high team GPA."
was tabbed 'Most Outstanding Player' and earned the 'Most Kills' award after leading the team in kills with 402 (3.65 per set), and finishing second on the team in digs with 294 (2.67 per set). Her 402 kills was the fifth-most ever recorded by a Leatherneck in a single season.
Freshman Jordan Jackson earned the 'Most Improved Player' award after finishing the season with 72 kills (1.4 per set) during her first season. She also her 20 digs and 14 total blocks.
Senior Bridget Murphy earned the 'Leadership Award', 'Most Digs' award, and was recognized for finishing her career at Western with the second most digs in program history (1,750 career digs). In 2012 she recorded a team-high 500 digs (4.76 per set), and had 99 assists and 14 services aces.
Besides being honored for finishing her career on the top 10 kills list at Western, senior Katie Hosteng also finished with the 'Highest Hitting Percentage' award and shared the 'Most Blocks' award with teammate Mallory Gibson (82 blocks each).
Hosteng finished the season with a team-best .304 hitting percentage, putting down 303 kills on 710 attempts with only 87 errors.
On top of her 82 blocks, Gibson also had 110 kills in 2012.
Sarah Fetter rounds out the awards having finished with a team-high 1,142 assists (10.88 per set), which is the fourth most ever recorded by a Leatherneck in a season, and ranks second in The Summit League stats. Fetter also had 77 kills and 37 blocks.
"Through the dedication and determination of our student-athletes, we changed the culture of this program and created a positive atmosphere that is conducive to growing, learning and 100% effort," stated coach Hall. "The banquet was a thank you to these efforts and truly highlighted our successes from this season. You have not seen the best of Western Illinois Volleyball yet."
Coach Hall also wanted to thank everyone involved in the Leathernecks volleyball program, excpecally the fans.
"I want to extend a sincere thank you to our administration for all of
their support this season. And to our fans, a HUGE thank you for
supporting us always through the thick and thin. We fought hard for you
all season, and we will continue to fight for you during our training
this spring so that next year, you are even more proud to be a
Leatherneck Volleyball Fan!"
A COMPLETE LIST OF THE 2012 TEAM AWARDS IS BELOW:
Most Outstanding Player - Samantha Fournier
Most Improved Player - Jordan Jackson
Leadership Award - Bridget Murphy
Most Kills - Samantha Fournier (402 kills)
Most Assists - Sarah Fetter (10.88 assists per set - 46th nationally)
Most Blocks - Katie Hosteng (82 total blocks) and Mallory Gibson (82 total blocks)
Most Digs - Bridget Murphy (500 digs)
Most Aces - Katie Hosteng (25 aces)
Most Headers in a Season - Mallory Gibson (Too Many to Count)
Highest Hitting Percentage - Katie Hosteng (.304 hitting percentage)
2nd all-time program history (digs) - Bridget Murphy - 1,750 career digs
10th all-time in program history (kills) - Katie Hosteng - 944 career kills