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December 1, 2001

2009 Season - 2001 VOLLEYBALL REVIEW

2001 AUGUSTANA VOLLEYBALL REVIEW

 

NATIONALLY RANKED VIKINGS SHARE CCIW TITLE & PARTICIPATE IN NCAA

DIVISION III TOURNAMENT FOR FIRST TIME; SCHOOL RECORD FALLS FOR

MOST VICTORIES; KIERSTEN MADDEN & JULIE CONSTIEN EACH ESTABLISH

TWO INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL RECORDS; MADDEN EARNS ACADEMIC

ALL-AMERICAN HONORS; LIESL FOWLER NAMED CCIW "COACH OF THE YEAR"

 

When the book closed on the 2001 Augustana Vikings volleyball season, it was a few pages bigger than in years past. Veteran head coach Liesl Fowler's team accomplished more in 2001 than any other volleyball team in Augustana history and collected a lot of hardware as proof. There were so many superlatives in the year that it is hard to know where to begin.

 

The Vikings started the season with six victories in their first seven matches and never looked back, eventually finishing the year with a school record 29-5 mark. They tied for the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin title with Elmhurst, each team scoring 11 points under the combination of match victories during the regular season and conference tournament. The Blue & Gold also advanced to the NCAA Division III playoffs for the first time in school history and ended up in the national rankings for the first time ever. As the victories piled up, Fowler's team marched steadily upwards, rising as high as 16th in the NCAA Division III poll before finishing the year in 24th. In the Midwest Region, the Vikings finished the season ranked third.

 

Fowler, who recently completed her 10th season as the head coach at Augustana, was named the CCIW "Coach of the Year" for the second time - she also won it in 1996, which was the Vikings other league title. During her career she has compiled a record of 222-138 for a winning percentage of .616 and in CCIW play her teams are 43-27 (.614). In the 26 year history of Augustana volleyball there have been a total of 10 seasons with 20 or more victories and Fowler has been at the helm for nine of those, including the eight in a row.

 

This was a team driven by four seniors: setter Kiersten Madden (Kickapoo HS, Springfield, IL), middle blocker Julie Constien (Glenbard North HS, Carol Stream, IL), outside hitter Emily Garbisch (Roseville HS, Roseville, MN) and defensive specialist Ginger Joseph (Lewis Palmer HS, Monument, CO). During its four year career this group compiled a record of 94-48 (.662), had one second place finish in the CCIW (2000) and one league co-championship (2001).

 

Madden and Constien each finished with a pair of career school records. Madden owns the assists record with 4,050 and the service aces mark with 155. She also has the single match assist record with 77 which she set against North Central on September 29, 2000 and the single season assists per game average with 10.8 established in 2000. She has six of the top seven single match assist totals and four of the top six single season records. She also managed to record 17 blocks in a match against Millikin on September 12, 2000, which is the sixth best total ever recorded. This past year she had 1,271 assists with 127 kills to go along with 340 digs and 60 service aces. She finished the year ranked 30th in NCAA Division III in kill percentage.

 

Constien is the school record holder for career kills (1,330) and blocks (576) and she wound up the past year ranked sixth in the nation in blocks with 233 (89 solo and 144 assists) for a 1.96 average. She had a 28 kill match against Elmhurst on September 19, 2000 that is the second best in school history and her 18 blocks against Millikin on September 12, 2000 is tied for third. This past season she recorded 291 kills and 233 blocks.

 

Garbisch was a tremendous contributor in her senior season, piling up 334 kills, 69 blocks, 340 digs and 41 service aces while Joseph had 300 digs and 29 service aces.

 

The Vikings won the Augustana Invitational and the Wisconsin-River Falls Tournament and placed second in the Pikes Peak Challenge and the Central of Iowa Tournament. After a loss to Wisconsin-Platteville on September 13, Fowler's team won 23 of its next 24 matches with the only loss coming at three time defending NCAA Division III national champion Central of Iowa on October 5. One of those victories was a tough 3-2 win at Elmhurst on September 25 when Constien was nearly unstoppable with 14 blocks and 13 kills. Augustana finished the season with a perfect 7-0 record in the CCIW and Elmhurst was 6-1 with that lone loss coming to the Vikings. In the CCIW Tournament, which was held at Millikin on November 3, Augustana swept through the pool play undefeated with wins over Millikin (3-0), Wheaton (3-0) and Illinois Wesleyan (3-0). In the semifinals the Vikings beat North Park 3-1 to set up a showdown with Elmhurst in the championship match. The Bluejays won 3-0 and the result was conference co-champions with both teams finishing the year with 11 points.

 

Elmhurst claimed the CCIW's automatic qualifying spot for the NCAA Division III national tournament, leaving Augustana to sweat it out waiting to find out if it would be selected as an at-large team. The Vikings did get that nod by virtue of being the third ranked team in the Midwest Region and they were sent winging to California to play in the West Regional hosted by the University of California-Hayward in Hayward, California. Colorado College ended the Augustana season by a score of 3-1.

 

Madden was selected as the team's Most Valuable Player and the Best Setter on a vote from her teammates. She put together a fantastic year, being named the "Most Outstanding Player" in the CCIW and earning NCAA Division III All-Midwest Region honors. She was also selected to the Verizon Academic All-American team. She was an all-tournament selection in five different tournaments.

 

Constien won Most Valuable Offensive Player and Best Blocker. She was a first team all-conference selection and was on two all-tournament teams. The Most Improved Player award went to Garbisch for the second consecutive year. She was on the all-tournament team at the Augustana Invitational and also was selected as CCIW "Player of the Week" on October 21.

 

The Best Attacker was sophomore Callyn Dittmar (United Township HS, East Moline, IL). Dittmar, a second team all-conference selection, was on two all tournament teams and she ended the year with a team high 345 kills despite missing the first tournament due to a back injury. She averaged 3.29 kills per game and had 88 blocks, 274 digs and 32 service aces.

 

Freshman Randa Reeverts (Stillman Valley HS, Davis Junction, IL) was the winner of three awards - Most Valuable Freshman, Most Improved Junior Varsity Player and Most Valuable Junior Varsity Player. She saw action in 23 varsity games, mostly at the end of the year and she had 30 kills, nine digs and five blocks. Junior Mandy Murray (Dubuque Wahlert HS, Dubuque, IA) also won three awards - Most Valuable Defensive Player, Best Passer and Best Server. She played in 119 games, had nine kills, eight assists, 75 service aces to lead the team and 287 digs.

 

The "Boulah" Award for Hustle and Attitude went to sophomore Amanda Gehrt (Willowbrook HS, Lombard, IL) and junior Lori Papineau (McHenry HS, McHenry, IL) won the Best Digger Award. Gehrt was in three games with four kills, two assists, one dig and two blocks while Papineau had 270 kills, 12 assists, 39 service aces, 385 digs and 155 blocks. Papineau was an honorable mention all-conference selection.

 

The school record of 29 victories broke the existing mark of 24 set by last year's 24-10 team and that victory mark could have been higher. Due to the tragedy of September 11 the Vikings had a dual match cancelled against St. Ambrose and did not compete in the Wheaton Tournament on September 15. Augustana finished the year ranked ninth in NCAA Division III in winning percentage with a mark of .852.

 

2001 AUGUSTANA VIKINGS VOLLEYBALL LETTERWINNERS

 

PLAYER

POS

HT

YR

HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL)

LeAnn Barber*

OH

5-8

Fr

Moline, IL (Moline)

Julie Constien****

MH

6-0

Sr

Carol Stream, IL (Glenbard North)

Callyn Dittmar**

RS/OH

5-10

So

East Moline, IL (United Township)

Emily Garbisch****

OH

5-8

Sr

Roseville, MN (Roseville)

Amanda Gehrt*

RS/OH

5-10

So

Lombard, IL (Willowbrook)

Marisa Hilger*

DS

5-3

Fr

Naperville, IL (Benet Academy)

Ginger Joseph****

OH/DS

5-8

Sr

Monument, CO (Lewis-Palmer)

Katy Kummer**

OH

5-7

Jr

Cedar Rapids, IA (Washington)

Kiersten Madden****

S

5-8

Sr

Springfield, MO (Kickapoo)

Mandy Murray***

OH/DS

5-6

Jr

Dubuque, IA (Dubuque Wahlert)

Lori Papineau**

MH

6-0

Jr

McHenry, IL (McHenry)

Randa Reeverts*

OH/RS

5-11

Fr

Davis Junction, IL (Stillman Valley)

Emily Roling*

MH

5-9

Fr

Dubuque, IL (Dubuque Wahlert)

Laura Weibel*

DS

5-6

So

Niles, IL (Maine South)

Courtney Wilkin*

S

5-9

So

Fulton, IL (Fulton)

* - Denotes letters won

 

VIKING SUPERLATIVES FROM 2001 SEASON

 

VERIZON ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN: Kiersten Madden

VERIZON ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT: Kiersten Madden

NCAA DIVISION III ALL MIDWEST REGION: Kiersten Madden

CCIW MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Kiersten Madden

CCIW ALL-CONFERENCE: Kiersten Madden (1st team), Julie Constien (1st team); Callyn Dittmar (2nd team) & Lori Papineau (honorable mention)

CCIW ALL-TOURNAMENT SELECTION: Julie Constien, Kiersten Madden & Callyn Dittmar

UW-RIVER FALLS TRICK OR TREAT ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Julie Constien, Kiersten Madden & Callyn Dittmar

CENTRAL OF IOWA ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Kiersten Madden

AUGUSTANA INVITATIONAL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Kiersten Madden & Emily Garbisch

AUGUSTANA INVITATIONAL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Kiersten Madden

PIKES PEAK ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Julie Constien & Kiersten Madden

CCIW PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Emily Garbisch (10/21), Julie Constien (09/30) & Kiersten Madden (09/09)

NCAA DIVISION III INDIVIDUAL NATIONAL RANKING: Julie Constien sixth in blocks per game at 1.96 & Kiersten Madden 30th in kill percentage at .342

NCAA DIVISION III TEAM NATIONAL RANKING: Augustana was third in blocks per game at 3.94; 25th in hitting percentage at .258 and ninth in winning percentage at .852

SCHOOL RECORD FOR CAREER KILLS: Julie Constien 1,330

SCHOOL RECORD FOR CAREER BLOCKS: Julie Constien 576

SCHOOL RECORD FOR CAREER ASSISTS: Kiersten Madden 4,050

SCHOOL RECORD FOR CAREER SERVICE ACES: Kiersten Madden 155

 

AUGUSTANA TEAM AWARDS

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Kiersten Madden

MOST VALUABLE OFFENSIVE PLAYER: Julie Constien

MOST VALUABLE DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Mandy Murray

BEST DIGGER: Lori Papineau

BEST PASSER: Mandy Murray

BEST SETTER: Kiersten Madden

BEST SERVER: Mandy Murray

BEST BLOCKER: Julie Constien

BEST ATTACKER: Callyn Dittmar

"BOULAH" AWARD FOR HUSTLE & ATTITUDE: Amanda Gehrt

MOST VALUABLE FRESHMAN: Randa Reeverts

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: Emily Garbisch

MOST IMPROVED JUNIOR VARSITY PLAYER: Randa Reeverts

MOST VALUABLE JUNIOR VARSITY PLAYER: Randa Reeverts

 

 

2001 COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN VOLLEYBALL STANDINGS

 

 

CCIW

CCIW

CCIW

OVERALL MATCHES

OVERALL MATCHES

OVERALL

TOTAL POINTS

TEAM

W

L

.PCT

W

L

.PCT

 

Augustana

7

0

1.000

29

5

.853

11

Elmhurst

6

1

.857

33

7

.825

11

Carthage

5

2

.714

21

15

.583

7

Illinois Wesleyan

3

4

.429

19

20

.487

6

Millikin

3

4

.429

16

19

.457

4

North Park

1

6

.143

15

23

.395

3

North Central

2

5

.286

11

25

.306

2

Wheaton

1

6

.143

19

18

.514

1