April 17, 2014

Four Huskers, two Jays named All-Region in volleyball

The Nebraska volleyball team had four players earn all-region honors on Tuesday from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). Seniors Lauren Cook, Gina Mancuso and Hannah Werth were named to the 14-member Mideast Region first-team, while freshman Meghan Haggerty was named honorable mention.

Mancuso, who was named a unanimous First-Team All-Big Ten pick for the second consecutive year last week, has been key for the Husker offense in 2012. As a senior, the Omaha, Neb., native has led Nebraska in kills as she has posted a total of 377 on the season and an average of 3.43 kills per set, while ranking 10th in the Big Ten in kills. She has recorded nine double-doubles on the year and has notched at least 10 kills in 23 matches this season, recording a season-high 20 kills three times in 2012. She also ranks ninth in the conference in service aces with an average of 0.28 per set.

Cook has put together a stellar senior campaign, averaging 11.12 assists per set and totaling 1,290 total assists on the season. She ranks fourth in the league in assists, while notching a team-best 17 double-doubles (assists-digs). Cook helped Nebraska hit .300 or better in 17 out of 31 matches in 2012, including a season-high .471 hitting percentage against Iowa on Nov. 21. She has totaled 50 or more assists six times in 2012, including a season-high 56 against UCLA on Aug. 25.

Werth has continued to put together a stellar Husker career in her senior season. She is averaging 3.07 kills per set and has 341 total kills on the season. She ranks second on the team in kills and is first in digs with 354 on the year and an average of 3.19 digs per set. She owns 14 double-doubles on the season and has totaled at least 10 kills in 19 matches, while notching at least 10 digs in 19 matches.

Haggerty, who earned unanimous All-Freshman Team honors last week, has excelled during her outstanding inaugural year with the Huskers. She made an immediate impact for Nebraska, becoming just the eighth true freshman to start a season opener during John Cook’s career at NU. She posted a team-high 17 kills against UCLA, the most by a Nebraska middle blocker since Tracy Stalls tallied 17 against UCLA during the 2006 National Semifinal match. With a hitting percentage of .345 on the season, she leads all Huskers hitters in efficiency. Haggerty is also second on the team in blocks with 106 on the year and an average of 0.96 blocks per set.

Creighton Volleyball’s Megan Bober and Kelli Browning have been named to the 2012 AVCA All-Central Region First Team. This marks the first time that Creighton has had two women named All-Region in the same season.

A senior from Murdock, Neb., Bober is the first player in program history to earn All-Region honors twice (also 2010). She was named MVC Player of the Year after averaging 9.69 assists, 2.99 digs, 1.93 kills and 1.00 blocks per set. She owned six triple-doubles and set a school-record with 24 double-doubles on the fall. Bober is the nation’s only player to average at least 9.6 assists, 2.9 digs and 1.00 blocks per set this season, and she wraps up her career ranked first in matches played (128), matches started (128), consecutive matches started (128) and sets played (480), second in assists (4,359) and block assists (380), fourth in total blocks (422), fifth in assists per set (9.08), sixth in aces (86), seventh in hitting percentage (.260) and points (1151.0), eighth in digs (1,123) and block solos (42). Bober is one of three players in Creighton history to earn three First Team All-MVC honors.

Browning was named MVC Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-MVC after averaging 2.82 kills and 1.65 blocks per set. Her 189 block assists established an MVC single-season record, and her 204 total blocks and .370 hitting percentage also set Creighton single-season marks. The sophomore middle blocker from Waukesha, Wis., had five different matches of 10 or more blocks, and tied a league mark with 15 block assists on Sept. 8 vs. Tulsa. She will enter 2013 as Creighton’s all-time leader in career hitting percentage (.340) and blocks per set (1.35).