Nov. 17, 2011
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Senior Kim Maroon was named the 2011 BIG EAST Libero of the Year, the conference office announced on Thursday night at the annual volleyball conference banquet at the Milwaukee Hilton.
This was the second consecutive year that Maroon has won the award. This year she set a new single-season BIG EAST record with 734 digs. She leads the NCAA in digs with 6.92. Maroon had 20 matches with 20+ digs and three matches this season with 40+. Maroon also earned a first team All-BIG EAST selection Thursday night.
"It is a huge honor to receive this award two years-in-a-row. I couldn't have done it without my teammates- they have been so encouraging all season," Maroon said. "I also couldn't have earned this without Josh (Steinbach) who has been so supportive throughout my four years. I am really excited for us to play tomorrow and hope that we can keep our season going."
Senior Maggie Mergen earned first team All-BIG EAST honors on Thursday. Mergen averaged 2.89 kills per set and hit .237 this season. She recorded 19 matches with double figure kills and tallied her 1,000th career kill at Tennessee this year. Mergen was also named first team all-conference in 2010 and second team all-conference in 2009.
"This is a really great honor to be named first team all-conference again," Mergen said. "It is a nice way to solidify four years of hard work. It gives us confidence heading in to tomorrow's match. We're looking forward to going out and playing Cincinnati tough again."
Junior Morgan Petkovich was named to the All-BIG EAST second team. She led the Wildcats with 3.18 kills per set and had 2.62 digs. Petkovich recorded double figure kills in 18 matches this season and she tallied eight double-double for the year. She was named to the BIG EAST weekly honor roll on two occasions. This is the first all-conference honor for Petkovich, who also tallied her 1,000th career kill on Oct. 11 at William and Mary.
"I am really excited to earn all-conference honors and I was very shocked," Petkovich said. "I am happy that we advanced to the tournament again and really looking forward to facing Cincinnati and giving our best effort so that we can continue our season."
No. 7 seed Villanova will face No. 2 seed Cincinnati in the BIG EAST Championship quarterfinals in a rematch of a match played five days ago. The two teams will take the court at 3:30 p.m. CT on Friday, Nov. 18