Moster, Wicinski Lead MSU's All-Big Ten Selections
Dec. 3, 2013
East Lansing, Mich. - - Five Michigan State volleyball players were honored on Tuesday as the Big Ten announced its list of post-season award winners. Lauren Wicinski (Geneva, Ill.) was a unanimous All-Big Ten selection, while Kori Moster (Cincinnati, Ohio) was the league's Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. Moster and Alexis Mathews were Honorable Mention All-Big Ten picks, Chloe Reinig (South Lyon, Mich.) was selected to the All-Freshman team, and Kristen Kelsay (Wheaton ,Ill.) was the Sportsmanship Award Winner for the second consecutive season.
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"It's a testament to these players that they receive post-season honors in the Big Ten," said head coach Cathy George. "The caliber of players we have in the Big Ten are some of the finest in the country, and earning a spot among the best of the best is impressive. We're very proud of what they have achieved, and feel that they are all very worthy of these honors. They have all worked hard to accomplish what they have this season, and in their careers."
MSU has three All-Big Ten honorees for the first time since 2003. MSU had a program-high five selections in 1995. The Spartans also boast back-to-back selections to the All-Rookie team for the first time in program history, as Halle Peterson earned the honor last season and Reinig got the nod this year.
Wicinski was a unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten team for the second consecutive season. She was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday, earning the honor for the fourth time this season and fifth time in her career. Wicinski is the first MSU player in program history to earn four Big Ten Player of the Week awards in a single season, and is one of five players in Big Ten history to accomplish the feat. Wicinski has led MSU in kills in 29 of 32 matches this season, and has been the overall match kill leader in 27 of 32 contests. The outside hitter is third in the Big Ten in kills/set (4.45), which is 18th nationally; she ranks ninth nationally and leads the Big Ten in points (5.21/set). She ranks second in the Big Ten in service aces (0.41 per set), which is 23rd nationally. In addition, Wicinski owns 2,376 career kills, which ranks 14th all-time in the NCAA record book. She needs 102 kills to get into the top 10 all-time in the sport.
Moster, a junior, was the first player in MSU program history to be named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, and she has now done it in back-to-back seasons. She is just the second player in league history to earn more than one Defensive Player of the Year honor - Minnesota's Paula Gentil won three straight in 2002, 2003, and 2004. Moster leads the Big Ten in digs per set (4.65), her career-best average and fourth all-time in a single-season at MSU. She became MSU's all-time digs leader on Nov. 8 vs. Northwestern, and currently boasts 1,611 career digs, good for 16th all-time in the Big Ten.
Mathews earns All-Big Ten honors for the first time in her career. The fifth-year senior is an honorable mention pick as she posts a career-best statistical season. Mathews is second the Big Ten (25th nationally) in hitting percentage (.402) and blocks per set (1.52), which ranks 10th. She is closing in on both the single-season and career records for block assists and total blocks. Mathews has a season total of 173 blocks (12 solo, 161 assists), which is fourth all-time in a single season at MSU. Her 161 block assists this season is her career best and the second- highest single-season total in school history. With 613 career blocks, Mathews is just the second player in school history and 13th in the history of the Big Ten to record 600 blocks
Kelsay is MSU's second all-time two-time winner of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award (2010 graduate Jenilee Rathje was the first). Earlier this season, she was named a First Team Academic All-District selection by CoSIDA, and has advanced onto the Academic All-America ballot. With Michigan State running a 6-2 offense, Kelsay (6.73 A/s) ranks 10th in the Big Ten in assists/set, helping the Spartans rank third in the Big Ten in assists per set (12.85).
Reinig was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team, giving MSU an All-Freshman Team selection in back-to-back seasons for the first time in program history. She is second on the team with 2.65 kills per set, and she is hitting .211 on the season. She has 10+ kills in 12 of her 20 career Big Ten matches.
MSU is preparing for the start of the NCAA Tournament, which begins on Friday for the Spartans when they take on Ohio University at 5 p.m. in Lexington, Ky.
2013 ALL-BIG TEN
Unanimous selections in CAPS
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
SETTER OF THE YEAR
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
COACH OF THE YEAR (COACHES AND MEDIA)
SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES
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