MANHATTAN, Kan. – Four Kansas State Wildcats earned spots on the All-Big 12 team, while Nataly Korobkova earned the Newcomer of the Year and Angie Lastra was voted as the Big 12 Libero of the Year, as announced by the conference office Monday. Korobkova was voted to the league’s first team, while Lastra, Megan Farr and Stacey Spiegelberg all earned honorable mention honors.
Korobkova, a 6-3 transfer junior from Krasnoyarsk, Russia, becomes the second Wildcat to be listed as the Big 12’s Newcomer of the Year, as Vali Hejjas won the award in 2003. Also being honored to the All-Big 12 First Team, Korobkova becomes the 14th Wildcat to be selected to the first team and the 18th overall first team accolade.
Lastra, who finishes her K-State career as the school’s all-time digs leader and currently has the third most digs in a season, earns the Big 12 Libero of the Year distinction for the second time in her career. The Carolina, Puerto Rico, native was chosen for the same honor as a freshman in 2004. With an honorable mention to the All-Big 12 team, Lastra earns her first all-conference selection.
Junior Farr and senior Spiegelberg were listed on the All-Big 12 Honorable Mention for their first all-conference career honors. Farr, a 5-10 junior middle blocker, and 6-0 setter Spiegelberg have helped the Wildcats to a 22-8 overall; 14-6 Big 12 record and K-State’s 11th NCAA Tournament berth in the last 12 years.
As K-State lists four members on the All-Big 12 team, it marks the most for a Wildcat squad since honoring five in 2003. Four individuals were also voted in 2002. For the 2007 squad, Texas had the most honors with six, while Nebraska finished with five individuals; Iowa State, Missouri and Oklahoma each had one all-conference student-athlete.
Husker Sarah Pavan was named the Big 12 Volleyball Player of the Year for the third time, while teammate Christina Houghtelling was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Year. Texas’ Jerritt Elliott was voted the Coach of the Year and Longhorn Juliann Faucette earned Freshman of the Year.
The Wildcats will continue their run through the 2007 season with NCAA Tournament first and second round action from Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kan., on Fri.-Sat., Nov. 30-Dec. 1. For continuing coverage of the No. 11 K-State squad and its postseason action or for ticket information, please visit www.kstatesports.com.