Dec. 6, 2006
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Spartan volleyball outside hitter Ashley Schatzle added to her list of honors today, receiving honorable mention American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Mideast Region accolades. The award is the first such honor of her career, and marks the first Spartan AVCA postseason honoree since the 2004 campaign.
"This is a great honor for Ashley (Schatzle), and is truly the result of the commitment she made to our team this season," Spartan head coach Cathy George said. "She trained hard during the summer months and brought a great work ethic to the gym everyday."
This is the second postseason honor for Schatzle, having been named to the All-Big Ten team in late November. The Monroe, Mich., native saw action in all 31 of MSU's contests this year, contributing a team-best five double-doubles and double-digit kill totals 29 times. Schatzle played a critical role in both Spartan victories against Michigan in 2006, averaging 7.67 kills per game and a team-best .425 attack percentage. Her 25 kills in the Spartan upset of then-No. 16 Purdue on Nov. 11 was a career high, and her season average of 4.57 kills per game ranks ninth in the MSU single-season record book.
Michigan State finished the year 19-12, including a 10-10 Big Ten record. MSU made its 11th appearance in the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship Tournament, suffering a first-round loss to Utah on Dec. 1.
The Mideast region is comprised of 44 schools from the Big Ten Conference, Mid-American Conference, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and Northeast Conference.
The complete list of All-Mideast Region honorees can be found on the AVCA website: Complete AVCA All-Region Release