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December 21, 2010

VOLLEYBALL 2010 REVIEW

Augustana was picked to finish seventh in the CCIW in 2010 but ended up with a 4-3 record, good for fourth place in the league standings under the direction of first year head coach Jamie Walters.

Picked to finish seventh in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin by a vote of the league coaches prior to the 2010 season, the Augustana volleyball team confounded the experts during Jamie Walters' first season as the head coach. The Vikings fought off a 1-8 start to the campaign to come back and finish 12-20 overall and 4-3 in the CCIW, good enough for fourth place in the conference standings.

Fielding a team that had just two seniors and one junior, Augustana faced six teams ranked in the top 35 of NCAA Division III before the 15 th of September. After going 1-8 to start the year, Walters' team settled down and at one point won 11 of 21 matches.

This was a team that recorded some notable wins, including a 3-0 defeat of previously undefeated Ashford on September 16 to give Walters her first ever victory in the Carver Center. The Vikings also scored come-from-behind wins in the CCIW over Wheaton on September 21 and North Central on October 19. The win over Wheaton came with Augustana down two games to one and the victory against North Central on Senior Night saw the Vikings erase a 0-2 deficit.

Senior Courtney Jungnickel (Naperville Central HS, Naperville, Ill.) put the finishing touches on a tremendous career with the Vikings. She was voted the team's Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive season. She hangs up her uniform as the school record holder in service aces with 215 and she finished second on the career lists for both kills (1,442) and digs (1,597). During the past season she recorded the seventh highest kills-per-game average in school history at 3.25 and her average of 0.50 service aces per game tied her for third best in one season.

Jungnickel was the winner of the Jack Swartz Award in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin for the second consecutive year. She was a four time all-conference selection in the CCIW as an outside hitter. This year she was a first team selection after earning honorable mention recognition as a freshman and sophomore and second team as a junior. She led the Vikings in kills in 2010 with 377 and in service aces with 58 while ranking second in digs with 417.

She was named to a total of nine all-tournament teams during her career and in 2009 she led the CCIW in both kills and digs. Jungnickel also won the Jack Swartz award in the CCIW for her combination of academic excellence and athletic prowess.

Sophomore Shannon Slick (Rockton Hononegah HS, Roscoe, Ill.) was an honorable mention selection as a libero/defensive specialist. She led the Vikings in digs this season with 577. Her average of 4.93 per game ranks as the fifth best single-season mark in school history. She also moved into 10 th place on Augustana's career digs list with 1,110.

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.

Sophomore Sarah Williams (Rockford Lutheran HS, Rockford, Ill.) won the Most Improved Player award and senior Jenna Loncar was voted the winner of the Augie Award for spirit and dedication. Loncar, a four year letter winner, battled through injuries during her senior season and played in 92 games with an average of 1.00 kills (92 in 92 games) per game. She had 26 total blocks with 43 digs and 21 setting assists.

Sophomore Kelsey Mikula (Coal City HS, Coal City, Ill.) led the team in setting assists with a 5.26 average as she had 607 in 115 games. Freshman Katrina Colclasure (Tri-Valley HS, Bloomington, Ill.) averaged 4.34 assists with 451 in 104 games. Williams led the team in blocks with 0.50 (45 in 90 games) while junior Brianna Skeens (Vernon Hills HS, Libertyville, Ill.) was right behind her at 0.49 with 54 in 110 games.

PLACE

TEAM

W (CCIW)

L (CCIW)

.PCT (CCIW)

W (ALL)

L (ALL)

.PCT (ALL)

1.

Millikin

7

0

1.000

28

7

.800

2.

Carthage

6

1

.857

31

8

.795

3.

Elmhurst

5

2

.714

24

13

.649

4.

AUGUSTANA

4

3

.571

12

20

.675

5.

Wheaton

3

4

.429

17

19

.472

6.

North Central

2

5

.286

14

21

.400

7.

Illinois Wesleyan

1

6

.143

11

20

.355

8.

North Park

0

7

.000

8

22

..267

CCIW TOURNAMENT

November 6, 2009 (CCIW Tournament - Championship) in Decatur, Illinois
Carthage def. Wheaton 25-11, 25-11, 25-18

November 5, 2010 (CCIW Tournament - Semifinal) in Decatur, Illinois
Carthage def. Elmhurst 27-25, 31-29, 25-18

Wheaton def. Millikin 14-25, 25-23, 16-25, 25-21, 16-14

November 2, 2010 (CCIW Play-in Round) at home sites
Millikin def. North Park 25-12, 25-14, 16-25, 25-19 in Decatur, Illinois
Carthage def. Illinois Wesleyan 25-19, 25-17, 18-25, 25-12 in Kenosha, Wisconsin

Elmhurst beat North Central 3-0 in Elmhurst, Illinois

Wheaton defeated Augustana 25-23, 25-21, 25-20 in Rock Island, Illinois

2010 AUGUSTANA VOLLEYBALL SUPERLATIVES

CCIW ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS: Courtney Jungnickel (1 st ), Shannon Slick ((HM)

CCIW ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE: Michelle Egan, Courtney Jungnickel, Sarah Martin, Shannon Slick, Sarah Williams, Kristen Yerkes

CCIW JACK SWARTZ AWARD: Courtney Jungnickel (second year in a row)

ALL TOURNAMENT SELECTIONS

Courtney Jungnickel @ UW-Platteville Invitational on 09/24-25 in Platteville, Wisconsin…Courtney Jungnickel @ Barker IWU Tournament on 10/1-2 in Bloomington, Illinois…Courtney Jungnickel @ Benedictine Tournament on 10/29-30 in Lisle, Illinois.

CCIW STATICSTICAL LEADERS – INDIVIDUAL

Digs – Shannon Slick, 6.11 digs per game (171 digs in 28 games) – CCIW only

CCIW STATISTICAL TOP 10 – INDIVIDUAL

Hitting Percentage – 7 th - Brianna Skeens, .305 (71 kills, 20 errors and 167 total attempts in 28 games) – CCIW only

Kills – 6 th - Courtney Jungnickel, 3.00 kills per game (84 kills in 28 games) – CCIW only

Assists – 7 th - Kelsey Mikula, 5.75 assists per game (161 assists in 28 games) – CCIW only

Service Aces – 2 nd - Kristen Yerkes, 0.44 aces per game (12 service aces in 27 games) – CCIW only & 7 th - Courtney Jungnickel, 0.32 aces per game (9 service aces in 28 games) – CCIW only

Digs – 1 st – Shannon Slick, 6.11 (171 digs in 28 games) – CCIW only & 9 th – Courtney Jungnickel, 4.21 digs per game (118 digs in 28 games)

TEAM AWARDS

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER – Courtney Jungnickel

AUGIE AWARD – Jenna Loncar

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER – Sarah Williams

TOP TEN LISTS

CAREER TOP TEN LISTINGS (additions from 2010)

Kills – 1,442 Courtney Jungnickel moves into second place

Service Aces – 215, Courtney Jungnickel breaks previous school record of 184 held by Mandy Murray (1999-02)

Digs – 1,597, Courtney Jungnickel moves into second place…1,110, Shannon Slick moves into 10 th place.

SINGLE SEASON TOP TEN LISTINGS (additions from 2010)

Kills per game – 3.25 (377 kills in 116 games), Courtney Jungnickel – 7 th place

Aces per game – 0.50 (58 service aces in 116 games), Courtney Jungnickel – 3 rd place (tie)

Digs per game – 4.93 (577 digs in 117 games), Shannon Slick – 5 th place