2003 MIAC Volleyball Awards
| 2003 MIAC All-Conference Volleyball Team and Postseason Awards |
Four Cobbers Earn MIAC Postseason Honors
(St. Paul, Minn.)-- Four Concordia women's volleyball players earned league postseason honors. Jacki Barten (Jr., Melrose, Minn./Melrose HS), Amy Fitzner (Jr., Valley City, N.Dak./Valley City HS) and Jessica Walden (Jr. Hawley, Minn./Hawley HS) were all named to the MIAC All-Conference First team and Rebecca Shane (Fr., Detroit Lakes, Minn./Detroit Lakes HS) was named Rookie of the Year. It is the third consecutive year that Barten was named to the all-conference team. Fitzner and Walden are both repeat all-conference award winners.
Barten finished the regular season with a team-high 396 kills, a .331 hitting percentage and 132 blocks. It is the third straight year that she has led the Cobbers in both categories. Barten also finished second in the league in hitting percentage (.334), fifth in blocks (1.15/game) and eighth in kills (3.76/game). She was named the MIAC Hitter of the Week on October 27 after she was named the MVP of the Saint Benedict Tournament and also helped push Concordia to the brink of beating MIAC regular season champion St. Thomas. Barten now has 984 career kills which places her sixth on the school's all-time list. She also has amassed 355 blocks in her three years which is tied for second on the school's all-time chart.
Fitzner led the Cobbers in kills during the MIAC season by averaging 4.03 per game. She was fifth in the league in that category. For the entire season, she finished third on the team in kills (278) and third in digs (264). Like Barten, she was named the MIAC Hitter of the Week once during the season. Fitzner won the award on October 21 following a week in which she helped lead Concordia to three key MIAC wins. In the trio of victories over St. Catherine's (3-0), Gustavus (3-1) and Carleton (3-1), she average 5.3 kills per game and 4.1 digs per game. She led Concordia in kills all three matches. That string of matches came during a longer streak where Fitzner single-handedly carried the weight of the Cobber frontline. In an eight match span, she led the team in kills seven times and helped the Cobbers clinch a spot in the playoffs.
Walden's biggest achievement this season was breaking the school record for assists in a career. In less than three seasons, she has posted 3,087 assists. She finished the regular season with 978, her second highest total of her career. She was second in the league in assists with a 12.30 assist per game average. She was named the MIAC Setter/Defensive Player of the Week three times this season and six times during her career. She was the leader of the Cobber offense that finished second in the league in hitting percentage (.238), kills (15.27/game) and assists (13.34/game).
Shane made a huge impact on the Concordia
offense by giving the team a dangerous third option. She finished second
on the team in kills (318), hitting percentage (.286) and blocks (112).
She was also named the MIAC Hitter of the Week, giving the team four different
players to earn MIAC Player of the Week honors in a single season. She
won the award after helping Concordia secure second place in the MIAC by
beating St. Ben's in the last regular season game of the year. She hit
a match-high .432, recorded a team-high 17 kills, made only one error
at the net and collected 6 blocks.
First Team All-MIAC
Amie Lee Aschenbeck St. Thomas Middle Blocker Junior
Jacki Barten Concordia Middle Hitter Junior
Rachel Batalden Gustavus Setter Junior
Carley Bomstad Macalester Middle Hitter Senior
Emily Buehler St. Thomas Outside Hitter Senior
Lizzy Erickson Carleton Middle Hitter Senior
Danica Finseth St. Olaf Middle Hitter Sophomore
Amy Fitzner Concordia Outside Hitter Junior
Laura Fleischman Hamline Outside Hitter Senior
Katie Freeman Carleton Outside Hitter Junior
Angie Frenell Bethel Middle Hitter Senior
Jane Gibbs St. Thomas Setter Senior
Tracey Koertgen Saint Mary‚s Outside Hitter Junior
Claire Loesch Saint Ben's Middle Hitter Junior
Kristin Stoneberg Bethel Outside Hitter Senior
Tessa Stranik Saint Mary‚s Setter Junior
Jessica Walden Concordia Setter Junior
Kristin Wolford Saint Ben's Outside Hitter Senior
MVP - Jane Gibbs, St. Thomas
Defender of the Year - May Lin Kessenich, Macalester
Rookie of the Year - Rebecca Shane, Concordia
Coach of the Year - Heidi Luehmann-Jaynes, Carleton
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