Nov. 29, 2010

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M junior outside hitter Kelsey Black has been named to the All-Big 12 First Team, and freshman setter Allie Sawatzky has earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention and also has been named to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team, the conference office announced today.

Black (Amarillo, Texas), who led the Aggies in kills in all but one match this season, has led the Big 12 in points per set for the majority of the season and currently ranks second with a 4.77 average. She also leads the league in aces per set (0.37) and has figured in the top four in the conference rankings for kills per set for most of the season. In addition, Black ended the regular season ranked in the top 30 in the nation in both kills (4.08) and points per set.

In her first full season as an outside hitter, the 5-11 Black started every match and played in every set and also served as team captain. She was named to the all-tournament teams at both the Missouri State JQH Invitational and the Texas A&M Invitational. Black posted a team-leading 17 double-doubles (kills and digs) and twice tied the A&M all-time record for aces in a match with six. Her 1,275 attack attempts ties for fourth in the school all-time season records, and her 539 points ranks fourth in the records since rally scoring began in 2001.

Sawatzky, a 6-2 lefty from St. Andrews, Manitoba, Canada, started every match at setter and played in all but two sets as a true freshman. She was named Big 12 Rookie of the Week three times throughout the season.

Sawatzky tallied 1,078 assists for a 9.71 average, which currently ranks seventh in the Big 12. She was second on the team with four double doubles, including career-highs of 56 assists and 15 digs in a five-set victory over North Carolina, as well as 46 assists and a career-high 12 kills while hitting at a .588 in a 3-2 loss at Oklahoma.

The Aggies finished the year 13-17 and eighth in the Big 12 with a 7-13 mark. With no seniors on the 2010 squad, A&M is expected to return all 15 players in 2011.

The following is the complete list of 2010 All-Big 12 volleyball awards:

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Juliann Faucette, Texas, OH, Sr., 6-2, San Diego, Calif./Westview
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Lauren Cook, Nebraska, S, So., 5-8, Lincoln, Neb./UCLA
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Sallie McLaurin, Oklahoma, MB, Fr., 6-2, Midwest City, Okla./Carl Albert
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Hannah Werth, Nebraska, OH, So., 6-1, Springfield, Ill./Glenwood
LIBERO OF THE YEAR: Ashley Mass, Iowa State, DS/L, Sr., 5-8, Muskego, Wis./Muskego
CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR: John Cook, Nebraska; Jerritt Elliott, Texas

ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM
Name, School Pos. Cl. Ht. Hometown/Previous School
Elizabeth Graham, Baylor MB Sr. 6-2 Leander, Texas/Texas
Victoria Henson, Iowa State^ OH Sr. 5-11 Leavenworth, Kan./Leavenworth
Ashley Mass, Iowa State DS/L Sr. 5-8 Muskego, Wis./Muskego
Jamie Straube, Iowa State MB So. 6-2 Tecumseh, Neb./Johnson County Central
Paola Ampudia, Missouri^ OH/RS Sr. 6-1 Cali, Colombia/Miami Dade College
Brooke Delano, Nebraska^ MB Jr. 6-4 Bellevue, Neb./Bellevue West
Lindsay Licht, Nebraska RS Sr. 6-5 Aurora, Colo./Grandview
Hannah Werth, Nebraska OH So. 6-1 Springfield, Ill./Glenwood
Brianne Barker, Oklahoma S Jr. 5-9 Amarillo, Texas/Amarillo
Suzy Boulavsky, Oklahoma^ RS/OH Jr. 6-1 Houston, Texas/Clear Brook
Rachael Adams, Texas^ MB Jr. 6-2 Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame
Juliann Faucette, Texas^ OH Sr. 6-2 San Diego, Calif./Westview
Kelsey Black, Texas A&M OH Jr. 5-11 Amarillo, Texas/Amarillo
Amanda Dowdy, Texas Tech MB/OH Jr. 6-3 Lexington, Texas/Lexington

ALL-BIG 12 HONORABLE MENTION
Name, School Pos. Cl. Ht. Hometown/Previous School
Karina Garlington, Kansas OH Sr. 6-0 Denver, Colo./Grandview
Molly Kreklow, Missouri S Fr. 6-0 Delano, Minn. /Delano
Kayla Banwarth, Nebraska L Sr. 5-11 Dubuque, Iowa/Wahlert Catholic
Jennifer Doris, Texas MB Sr. 6-5 Houston, Texas/Cypress Falls
Amber Roberson, Texas OH Jr. 6-2 San Antonio, Texas/Wagner
Allie Sawatzky, Texas A&M S Fr. 6-2 St. Andrews, Manitoba, Canada/Lord Selkirk

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Name, School Pos. Ht. Hometown/Previous School
Kaitlynn Pelger, Kansas State MB 6-2 Overland Park, Kan./Olathe South
Lisa Henning, Missouri OH 6-0 Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs
Molly Kreklow, Missouri S 6-0 Delano, Minn./Delano
Morgan Broekhuis, Nebraska RS 6-5 Colorado Springs, Colo./Colorado Springs Christian
Sallie McLaurin, Oklahoma MB 6-2 Midwest City, Okla./Carl Albert
Allie Sawatzky, Texas A&M S 6-2 St. Andrews, Manitoba, Canada/Lord Selkirk

^ - Unanimous Selection; Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes.