KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Seven players apiece from MIAA Co-Champions Central Missouri and Washburn headline the 2011 All-MIAA Volleyball Team, released Thursday by the conference office. The selections were made by the league's 10 head coaches, and coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.
Central Missouri outside hitter Allie Huffman was named the MIAA Player of the Year after leading the league in kills with 404, averaging 3.96 kills per set. The senior from Lee’s Summit, Mo., was also a unanimous selection for All-MIAA First Team.
Emporia State setter Katie Deutschmann was voted the MIAA Freshman of the Year after a season in which she led all league setters with 270 kills, averaging 2.55 kills per set. The Ballwin, Mo., native was also named All-MIAA Second Team.
Washburn head coach Chris Herron was selected as the MIAA Coach of the Year for the fourth time after leading the Lady Blues to a 17-1 league record (30-2 overall) and a share of the conference title for the second consecutive season. It is WU’s fourth overall MIAA Championship.
Emporia State, Fort Hays State and Truman had five all-conference selections each, followed by Missouri Western, Pittsburg State and Southwest Baptist with four each, Northwest Missouri with two and Missouri Southern with one.
Central Missouri is set to host the NCAA South Central Regional Thursday through Saturday as the No. 1 seed. The Jennies will take on No. 8 seed Abilene Christian in the first round Thursday at 7:30 p.m. CT, while No. 2 seed Washburn will face No. 7 seed Arkansas Tech Thursday at 2:30 p.m. CT.
2011 ALL-MIAA VOLLEYBALL TEAM
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Allie Huffman, Sr., OH, Central Missouri
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Katie Deutschmann, S, Emporia State
COACH OF THE YEAR
Chris Herron, Washburn
OH: Allie Huffman, Sr., Central Missouri**
MH: Paula Harris, Sr., Central Missouri** [r1]
OPP: Breanna Lewis, Sr., Washburn
S: Julia Bates, So., Central Missouri
MH: Megan Sharpe, Jr., Truman [r1]
OH: Hillary Hughes, Jr., Washburn
MH: Mollie Lacy, Sr., Washburn [r1][r1]
L: Meg Schwartz, Jr., Emporia State
[r1] - Repeat first team selection from last season
[r1][r1] - Repeat first team selection from the last two seasons
S: Katie Deutschmann, Fr., Emporia State
MH: Jessica Fey, Jr., Washburn
MH: Bradye Peniston, Jr., Central Missouri
L: Taylor Krejci, Sr., Central Missouri
S: Laira Akin, Sr., Northwest Missouri
S: Abby Wittman, So., Washburn
OH: Paige Vanderpool, So., Emporia State
L: Abby Moser, Fr., Truman
OH: Tahler Johnston, Sr., Missouri Western
OH: Morgan Voorhes, Fr., Pittsburg State
L: Tracie Hileman, Sr., Fort Hays State
MH: Courtney Haring, Fr., Emporia State
OH/MH: Rachel Olinyk, Sr., Missouri Southern
OH: Britni Reed, So., Southwest Baptist
OH: Taylor Goodness, So., Central Missouri
S: Stephanie Hattey, So., Missouri Western
Central Missouri: Kelsey Ortwerth, Sr., RS
Emporia State: Brianna Kaiser, So., OH
Fort Hays State: Jenna Ulrich, So., MH; Madison Schwartz, So., OH/RS; Kylee Hoagland, Fr., MH; Sara Hewson, Fr., OH
Missouri Western: Shelby Corkill, Fr., OH; Alex Behnke, Sr., MB
Northwest Missouri: Amy Majors, So., MH
Pittsburg State: Christa McCaw, So., L; Lauren Brentlinger, So., MB; Brooke Fay, Jr., M
Southwest Baptist: Kylie Heim, Sr., RS; Carrie Johnson, Jr., M; Kristi Hager, Jr., L
Truman: Allie Brak, Fr., OH; Kylie Easlon, Sr., S; Emily Briseno, Jr., MB
Washburn: Jessica Kopp, Jr., OH; Kelsey Lewis, So., L