Huynh-Ba, Kirkaldy Garner All-American Accolades
Nov. 22, 2005
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Seniors Michelle Huynh-Ba and Christina Kirkaldy were recently named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-American teams. Huynh-Ba received First Team honors, while Kirkaldy was selected to the Second Team. In addition, senior Jessica Miller and freshman Inge Kaars Sijpestijn picked up NFHCA All-Region Second Team accolades.
"It's a great tribute to these girls," commented head coach Michele Madison. "Overall, we would have liked a couple more wins but for these girls to get the recognition they deserve is awesome. They have given so much of themselves to this program."
Huynh-Ba is one of only three First-Team All-Americans in Michigan State history, joining former teammates Alex Kyser and Veerle Goudswaard. The senior forward was among the Big Ten's best in multiple categories this season, ranking fourth in goals (14), third in game-winning goals (4), fourth in goals per game (0.74), eighth in points (29) and eighth in points per game (1.53). Huynh-Ba led the Spartans in all five categories and led the team in multi-goal games with four. Hunyh-Ba was the Spartan's lone member of First Team All-Big Ten this season and also earned a spot on the womensfieldhockey.com honorable mention list.
"Huynh-Ba was a player we could without question count on every day," Madison said. "Every minute she gave it her all. There were countless times that coaches would come up after the game and compliment her. Huynh-Ba is one of the best forwards in the country and just a great kid."
Kirkaldy is just the sixth player in State's history to earn Second-Team All-American honors. Kirkaldy started every game of her career in net for the Spartans and this season was second best in the Big Ten in goals against average (1.53). Kirkaldy also ranked fourth in the league in shutouts (4), saves (99), saves per game (4.95) and save percentage (.756). Earlier this year, Kirkaldy was recognized to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team as well as receiving All-Big Ten Second Team honors.
"An All-American recognition really is a great way for Christina to end her career. I think she could have easily been a first team selection but I'm sure the decision on the coaches' part was a tough one. She has accomplished so much in her career that she is always expected to play at that higher level."
Miller and Sijpestijn picked up the first All-Region honors of their careers, both being named to the Second Team. Both Miller and Sijpestijn earned All-Big Ten Second Team accolades this year as well. Miller ranked fifth in the Big Ten in assists (8) and assists per game (.42), leading the Spartans in both categories. Miller also managed to find the back of the net five times this season, placing her third on the team in goals and total points with 18. Sijpestijn ranked eighth in the conference in shots (57), while ranking sixth in shots per game (2.85), leading MSU in both categories. She ranked second on the team in goals (8), points (20), game-winning goals (3) and multi-goal games (2).
"Miller is another one of those seniors that helped lead the team all year," Madison commented. "Inge had a great first season and is only going to get better, she is really going to have an impact here at State."
"I'm proud of all of our girls," Madison added. "There were a few moments we let down, but when I challenged them they fought through."
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