Tate Named To Big 12 All-Freshman Team

Dec. 1, 2008

IRVING, Texas –

Freshman setter Nicole Tate of the Kansas volleyball team has been named to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team it was announced Monday.

Tate, the first Jayhawk to be named to the Big 12’s All-Freshman Team, started all 29 matches for Kansas and finished the regular season ranked fifth among Big 12 setters with just under 10 assists per set. The St. Louis, Mo., native also led the team with 11 double-doubles on the season.

The All-Big 12 awards are selected by the league’s head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own players.

2008 All-big 12 volleyball awards

Player of the Year: Jordan Larson, Nebraska, OH, Sr., 6-2, Hooper, Neb./Logan View

Newcomer of the Year: Sydney Anderson, Nebraska, So., S, 6-0, Salt Lake City, Utah/Utah

Freshman of the Year: Michelle Kocher, Texas, S, 5-10, Wheaton, Ill./St. Francis

DEFENSIVE PLAYER of the Year: Jordan Larson, Nebraska, OH, Sr., 6-2, Hooper, Neb./Logan View

LIBERO of the Year: Ashley Mass, Iowa State, L, So., 5-8, Muskego, Wis./Muskego

coach of the Year: John Cook, Nebraska

ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM

Name, School Pos. Cl. Ht. Hometown/Previous School

Taylor Barnes, Baylor S Jr. 5-11 Arlington, Texas/Martin

Anna Breyfogle, Baylor MB Jr. 6-0 Buda, Texas/Hays

Victoria Henson, Iowa State OH So. 5-11 Leavenworth, Kan./Leavenworth

Kaylee Manns, Iowa State S Jr. 5-10 Topeka, Kan./Washburn Rural

Rita Liliom, Kansas State OH Sr. 6-0 Budapest, Hungary/Csik Ferenc

Nataly Korobkova, Kansas State OH Sr. 6-3 Krasnoyarsk, Russia/State Siberian

Technological
Sydney Anderson, Nebraska S So. 6-0 Salt Lake City, Utah/Utah

Kori Cooper, Nebraska MB Jr. 6-2 Amarillo, Texas/Amarillo

Jordan Larson, Nebraska OH Sr. 6-2 Hooper, Neb./Logan View

Tara Mueller, Nebraska OH So. 6-0 Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain

Ashley Engle, Texas OPP Jr. 6-3 Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza
Juliann Faucette, Texas OH So. 6-2 San Diego, Calif./Westview
Destinee Hooker, Texas OH Jr. 6-4 San Antonio, Texas/Southwest
Lauren Paolini, Texas MB Sr. 6-5 Ann Arbor, Mich./Saline

ALL-BIG 12 HONORABLE MENTION

Name, School Pos. Cl. Ht. Hometown/Previous School

Jen Malcom, Iowa State MB Sr. 6-1 Schaller, Iowa/Syracuse

Ashley Mass, Iowa State L So. 5-8 Muskego, Wis./Muskego

Megan Farr, Kansas State MB Sr. 5-10 Manhattan, Kan./Manhattan
Amanda Gates, Nebraska MB Sr. 6-2 Columbus, Neb./Columbus

Sarah Ammerman, Texas A&M OH Jr. 6-2 Parker, Colo./Chaparral
Mary Batis, Texas A&M OH Jr. 6-0 San Antonio, Texas/Clark

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

Name, School Pos. Ht. Hometown/Previous School

Rachel Hockaday, Iowa State OH 6-0 Decatur, Ill./Maroa-Forsyth

Nicole Tate, Kansas S 5-10 St. Louis, Mo./Lindbergh

Brianne Barker, Oklahoma S 5-9 Amarillo, Texas/Amarillo

Caitlin Higgins, Oklahoma OH 6-0 Amarillo, Texas/Tascosa

Michelle Kocher, Texas S 5-10 Wheaton, Ill./St. Francis

Amanda Dowdy, Texas Tech MB 6-3 Lexington, Texas/Lexington