Senior Bulldog Trio Reap MW Volleyball Honors
Dec. 3, 2013
By Geoff Thurner
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - After helping the `Dogs polish off one of their best seasons in recent memory, senior outside hitters Marissa Brand and Korrin Wild picked up MW All-Conference Volleyball honors Tuesday, while senior right side hitter Holly Franks became the program's first MW Newcomer of the Year recipient.
The duo of Brand and Wild were tabbed to the 17-person MW All-Conference Team selected by conference head coaches, and made the `Dogs one of four teams in the 11-team league that sported multiple selections.
In prior years, Wild and Brand received All-WAC Second-Team honorees in 2011 and 2010, respectively, while Franks received her first league-based laurel after playing the 2009, '10 and '11 seasons for Cal Poly.
Tuesday's honors raised head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell's total of all-league honors to eight since 2009 and 56 overall for the program since its first selection in 1979.
The Kingsburg, Calif., native Wild ranked second in the MW Conference and 63rd and 75th nationally in kills and points (3.77 / 4.24 per set), and seventh in the league in aces (0.29 p/s). In 2013, she logged eight +.300 totals, 11 double-doubles, and five 20-kill totals among her 24 double-digit kill efforts. The preseason all-conference selection was also named to all-tournament teams in the Fresno State Classic and Portland Nike Invitational.
With starts the last 23 matches of the season, the Cypress, Calif., native Brand ranked top 10 in MW rankings in kills (eighth, 3.17 p/s) and points (10th, 3.50 p/s), and third in MW-only matches in kills (3.78 p/s) and points (4.18 p/s). She had three, 20-kill matches (and another 19-kill effort), nine double-doubles and five +.400 totals among her 13 +.300 marks. Early in the season, she was also tabbed to the UC Irvine All-Tournament Team.
Career-wise, Brand ranked top 10 on Bulldog career lists in kills (fourth, 1,310), sets played (fifth, 441), matches played (eighth, 123) and digs (eighth, 997), and Wild held similar honors in career categories for aces (third, 136), aces per set (third, 0.31 p/s), digs (fifth, 1,203) and kills (sixth, 1,256).
Franks ranked third in the MW in aces (0.31 p/s) and 168th nationally this week, and also ninth in the MW in points (3.52 p/s). The Tollhouse, Calif., native posted eight double-doubles and seven +.300 totals this year, 10 matches with multiple aces, and six matches with +5 blocks. An all-conference choice in three tourneys in 2013, she was also tabbed the UC Irvine Tournament MVP in September.
Other top MW individual honors Tuesday went to Colorado State's Tom Hilbert (Coach of the Year), senior middle blocker Samantha Peters (Player of the Year) and junior Deedra Foss (Setter of the Year), Wyoming senior Becky Stewart (Libero of the Year), and New Mexico outside hitter Julia Warren (Freshman of the Year).
Last week, the `Dogs capped their sixth season under Netherby-Sewell with a 17-15 overall mark for its second straight winning season for the first time since 2003-04. The squad also tied for fourth place in the MW with an 11-9 mark - two places better than its preseason coaches poll selection.
2013 MOUNTAIN WEST ALL-CONFERENCE WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL TEAM
Setter of the Year: Deedra Foss^, CSU, Jr. S McKenna, Wash.
# = 2011 honoree; ^ = 2012 honoree
ALL-TIME BULLDOG ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
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