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November 25, 2009

2009 Season - 2009 VOLLEYBALL REVIEW

Youth was the theme for the 2009 Augustana volleyball program. Second year head coach Janelle Hester’ had a team that had just three seniors and a junior with the rest of the playing time being split between freshmen and sophomores. Predictably, there were some ups and downs as the Vikings finished the year 11-21 overall and 2-5 in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin.

A killer schedule didn’t help, especially in the early going of the campaign. In the first eight matches the Vikings faced three teams (Hope, Washington and Wisconsin-Oshkosh) that would end the season in the NCAA Division III Final Four. Before the season was 13 matches old Hester’s team would face one team that was ranked as high as third in NCAA Division III (Carthage) and another squad (St. Ambrose) that would qualify for the NAIA national tournament.

After starting the year with six straight losses and a 2-11 record after 13 matches, the Vikings caught fire and won nine of the next 11 matches to move to 11-12 on the year. However, after beating Coe by a 3-1 margin on Saturday, October 10 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Augustana would not win another match for the rest of the year.

Junior outside hitter Courtney Jungnickel (Naperville Central HS, Naperville, Ill.) was the offensive ringleader. She pounded out 424 kills in 109 games for an average of 3.89 per game. She hit at a .234 clip for the season with 424 kills and 170 errors in 1,085 total attempts. She also led the team in service aces with 52 (0.48 per game) and was second in digs with 409 (3.75 per game). Jungnickel led the CCIW in service aces and was second in kills.

Sophomore Brianna Skeens (Vernon Hills HS, Libertyville, Ill.) was second on the team in kills with a 1.81 average as she recorded 212 kills on 117 games. She led the team in blocks with 82 (28 solo and 54 assists). Senior Mallory Thelander (Evanston HS, Evanston, Ill.) was right behind Skeens in kills with a 1.80 average. She pounded out 182 kills in 101 games and she also managed 215 digs for a 2.13 average.

The Vikings had three other players who averaged more than 1.25 kills per game. Senior Bridget Reich (Pleasant Valley HS, Bettendorf, Iowa), who made a courageous comeback from off-season knee surgery, saw action in just 45 games but managed 67 kills for a 1.49 average. Junior Jenna Loncar (Marist HS, Chicago, Ill.) checked in at 1.34 kills per game while junior Jenna Luck (Hall Township HS, Spring Valley, Ill.) finished the year at 1.33.

Junior Allison Bailey (Libertyville HS, Green Oaks, Ill.) ended up handling most of the setting responsibilities. She played in 97 games and totaled 798 assists for an average of 8.23 per game. She had 182 total blocks and 15 service aces. Sophomore Nicole Jones (Yorkville HS, Yorkville, Ill.) and freshman Kelsey Mikula (Coal City HS, Coal City, Ill.) also saw some action at setter. Jones played in 21 games and averaged 4.33 assists per game while Mikula played in 37 and finished the year with 4.35 assists per game.

Freshman Shannon Slick (Rockton Hononegah HS, Roscoe, Ill.) was the top defensive player as she led the team in digs with 533 in 117 games for an average of 4.56 per game. Senior Rachel Uhrig (Wheaton North HS, Winfield, Ill.) had 242 digs in 81 games for a 2.99 average.

Although she still has one year left in her career, Jungnickel etched her name in the top 10 career categories three times. She is currently third in service aces with 157 and she is eighth in both kills (1,065) and digs (1,180). Her average of 3.89 kills per game in 2009 is the third highest ever recorded in the history of Augustana volleyball while she is fifth in single season service aces per game (0.48).

Uhrig will graduate in May with the second highest career digs total ever for the Vikings. She finished with 1,541, 109 shy of the school record compiled by Callyn Dittmar from 2000-03. Uhrig is sixth on the career service aces list with 140. Thelander ended her career in ninth place in career kills with 1,180. Slick’s average of 4.56 digs per game is the sixth best single season average ever for the Vikings.

Jungnickel earned second team all-conference honors and she was named to the all-tournament team in three different tournaments throughout the season (UW-Oshkosh Invitational, Grinnell Tournament and Illinois Wesleyan Invitational). Skeens was named to the all-tournament team in the Grinnell Tournament and the Mabel Lee Invitational in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

PLACE

TEAM

W (CCIW)

L (CCIW)

.PCT (CCIW)

W (ALL)

L (ALL)

.PCT (ALL)

1.

Carthage

7

0

1.000

33

6

.846

2.

North Central

6

1

.857

35

5

.875

3.

Illinois Wesleyan

5

2

.714

19

16

.543

4.

Elmhurst

4

3

.571

17

17

.500

5.

Wheaton

2

5

.286

17

16

.515

5.

AUGUSTANA

2

5

.286

11

21

.333

5.

Millikin

2

5

.286

19

20

.487

8.

North Park

0

7

.000

9

19

.321

 

CCIW TOURNAMENT

November 7, 2009 (CCIW Tournament - Championship) in Kenosha, Wisconsin
Carthage def. North Central, 25-15, 25-14, 25-12

November 6, 2009 (CCIW Tournament - Semifinal) in Kenosha, Wisconsin

North Central def. Millikin, 25-23, 20-25, 26-24, 25-21
Carthage def. Elmhurst, 25-13, 25-19, 25-21

November 3, 2009 (CCIW Play-in Round) at home sites

Millikin def. Illinois Wesleyan, 25-20, 19-25, 25-22, 25-15 in Bloomington, Illinois
Carthage def. North Park, 25-10, 25-12, 25-7 in Kenosha, Wisconsin
North Central def. Augustana, 25-20, 25-16, 21-25, 25-20 in Naperville, Illinois
Elmhurst def. Wheaton, 25-20, 25-20, 25-15 in Elmhurst, Illinois

2009 AUGUSTANA VOLLEYBALL SUPERLATIVES

CCIW ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS: Courtney Jungnickel (2 nd)

CCIW ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE: Bridget Reich, Mallory Thelander, Rachel Uhrig, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Courtney Jungnickel, Katie Devore, Nicole Jones, Jessica Scott, Casey Komel, Kelsey Mikula, Shannon Slick

ALL TOURNAMENT SELECTIONS

Courtney Jungnickel @ UW-Oshkosh Invitational on 09/11-12 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin…Courtney Jungnickel & Brianna Skeens @ Grinnell Tournament on 09/25-26 in Grinnell, Iowa…Brianna Skeens @ Mabel Lee Invitational on 10/09-10 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa…Courtney Jungnickel @ Illinois Wesleyan Invitational on 10/30-31 in Bloomington, Illinois.

CCIW STATICSTICAL LEADERS – INDIVIDUAL

Kills – Courtney Jungnickel, 3.89 kills per game (424 kills in 109 games) – overall

Service Aces – Courtney Jungnickel, 0.48 service aces per game (52 service aces in 109 games) – overall

TEAM AWARDS

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER – Bridget Reich & Courtney Jungnickel

AUGIE AWARD – Shannon Slick (varsity) & Sarah Williams (junior varsity)

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER – Katie Devore

 

TOP TEN LISTS

CAREER TOP TEN LISTINGS (additions from 2009)

Kills – 1,065, Courtney Jungnickel moves into eighth place

Service Aces – 157, Courtney Jungnickel moves into third place and 140, Rachel Uhrig moves into sixth place

Digs – 1,541, Rachel Uhrig moves into second place…1,180, Courtney Jungnickel moves into eighth place and 1,128, Mallory Thelander moves into ninth place.

SINGLE SEASON TOP TEN LISTINGS (additions from 2009)

Kills per game – 3.89 (424 kills in 109 games), Courtney Jungnickel

Aces per game – 0.48 (89 service aces in 109 games), Courtney Jungnickel

Digs per game – 4.56 (533 kills in 117 games), Shannon Slick