Nov. 17, 2011
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Dayton’s Rachel Krabacher was named the 2011 Atlantic 10 Conference Volleyball Player of the Year, while Xavier’s Stephanie Vorherr received her third-straight Libero of the Year citation, in voting conducted among the league’s head coaches.
In that same vote, UD’s Samantha Selsky was tabbed Setter of the Year and Aubree Smith of Xavier was selected as the A-10’s Rookie of the Year. Head Coach Kelly Sheffield of Dayton was also honored as Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season.
Krabacher, a junior outside hitter, leads the A-10 in kills per set (4.56) and points per set (5.05), while ranking 14th and 16th nationally in both statistical categories, respectively. Krabacher was named the A-10’s Offensive Player of the Week on four separate occasions and posted 12 double-doubles during the season. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native is the third straight Flyer to receive the award.
Vorherr, who has earned the Libero of the Year award in each of her three seasons in Cincinnati, led Xavier and ranked fourth in the league in digs, registering 427 on the season for a 4.31 dig per set average. The junior libero also moved up to third in XU program history with 1,544 career digs. She paced the Musketeers to an 11-4 record against league opponents and a #2 seed in this weekend’s championship.
Selsky, who led the A-10 in assists per set overall (10.54) and in conference matches (10.76), directed a Dayton offense that paced the league in kills per set (13.74) and hitting percentage (.285). The Manhattan Beach, Calif., native helped the Flyers to a program-best .285 hitting percentage this fall, while recording nine double-doubles. She also became the first Division I player to record a triple-double in 2011, registering 10 kills, 44 assists and 13 digs at #7 Illinois on Sept. 3.
Krabacher and Selsky are joined on the All-Conference first team by teammate Megan Campbell; George Washington’s Lauren Whyte; Andrea Beaty of Saint Louis; along with Xavier’s Alex Smith and Sarah Brown.
Vorherr is joined on the All-Conference second team by Charlotte’s Bianca Rouse; Dayton’s Paige Vargas and Yvonne Marten; Duquesne’s Liz Homan; Kayla Wilson of Rhode Island; and Alyssa Deno of Saint Louis.
Smith led Xavier and ranked third in the A-10 among the assist leaders, registering 1,085 on the season for a 10.33 assists per set average. The St. Louis, Mo., native was named the league’s Rookie of the Week six times, posted three double-doubles and entered the XU record books at ninth in career digs.
Smith headlines the All-Rookie team which consists of Dayton’s Isolde Hannan; Duquesne’s Arielle Love and Patti Abshire; Krissy Buongiorno of Fordham; Rhode Island’s Catherine Steffen; and Tiffany Connatser of Temple.
Now in his fourth season at Dayton, Sheffield guided the Flyers to their third straight A-10 regular season title – ninth overall -- with a nearly perfect record of 14-1. Dayton enters this weekend’s Championship as the top seed and it will look to capture its third straight A-10 crown and its seventh in the last nine years.
The 2011 Volleyball Academic All-Conference team includes Charlotte’s Sheryl Davis; Dayton’s Rachel Krabacher, Megan Campbell and Yvonne Marten; along with Duquesne’s Nicole Wright; George Washington’s Lauren Whyte; and Carly Schumacher of Saint Louis.
The A-10 All-Conference accolades were announced on the eve of the 30th annual Atlantic 10 Conference Volleyball Championship, which gets under way Friday, November 18 at 5:00PM at the Frericks Center on the campus of the University of Dayton. All five matches from the six-team, single-elimination event are scheduled to be webcast free of charge through the A-10's online home -- Atlantic10.com. Fans are reminded to check back with the Atlantic10.com throughout the week for all updated information regarding the Championship.