Freshman of the Year Hannah Kaminsky
Nov. 28, 2013
WICHITA, Kan.— The Southern Illinois volleyball team had four players earn All-Conference honors at the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Thursday afternoon.
Hannah Kaminsky was named Freshman of the Year and named an All-Freshman selection. Meg Viggars was also named to the All-Freshman team while Taylor Pippen and Jessica Whitehead were named First Team All-Conference.
Kaminsky leads all Valley freshmen with 10.58 assists per set, which ranks fourth among all league players, and also ranks second among rookies with 29 total aces. She ranks third on the team with 2.28 digs per set and has recorded 11 assist-dig double-doubles. Kaminsky was named MVC Freshman of the Week a league-best four times this season and she is the third Southern Illinois player to earn the conference’s Freshman of the Year honor.
Southern Illinois has not boasted a Freshman of the Year since 1996.
First Team All-Conference selection Taylor Pippen has played in all 30 matches for the Salukis in 2013. The sophomore middle blocker has tallied 129 blocks this season to rank fourth in the MVC. Pippen also ranks sixth in the Valley in hitting percentage boasting a .320 clip.
Senior Jessica Whitehead ranks second in the Missouri Valley Conference in kills averaging 4.06 per set and ranks second in the MVC in points per set. The Murphysboro, Ill. native also tallied 459 kills this season to rank fourth all-time in Southern Illinois history for kills in a season. Whitehead also ranks sixth all-time in SIU history for kills per set in a season.
All-Freshman selection Meg Viggars ranks second on the team in kills having compiled 200 this season to average 1.83 per set. The Stoke-on-Trent, England native has also recorded 200 assists, 21 service aces and 317 digs this season. Viggars also ranks third on the team in block assists with 71.
This marks the first time Southern Illinois has two players on the All-Freshman team.
No. 3 Southern Illinois will take on No. 6 Bradley at 5 p.m. from Charles Koch Arena. The match can be viewed on ESPN3.com