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December 1, 2006

2009 Season - 2006 VOLLEYBALL REVIEW

2006 VOLLEYBALL REVIEW

 

Sophomore setter Jaime Spolum wins Most Valuable Player honor for Vikings in 2006

 

With an influx of new players, the future appears to be bright for the Augustana volleyball program. Second year head coach Stacey Ruff used five freshmen quite a bit during a 6-24 season with two of those, Mallory Thelander (Evanston HS, Evanston, Ill.) and Angela Baumgartner (Princeton HS, Princeton, Ill.) finishing among the top four on the team in kills. While junior Erin Reeverts (Stillman Valley HS, Davis Junction, Ill.) led the team in kills with an average of 2.79, Thelander checked in second with a 1.97 average and Baumgartner was close behind in fourth at 1.92. Still another freshman, Rachel Uhrig (Wheaton North HS, Winfield, Ill.) led the team in digs with an average of 5.10, a mark that is the third best single season mark in school history.

 

While the youth movement is evident, a pair of seniors were able to put nice finishing touches on outstanding careers. Outside hitter Samantha Knox (UnitedTownship HS, East Moline, Ill.) was hampered by injuries but she still finished with the third highest career kills total in Augustana history with 1,360. She is also fourth on the service aces list with 151 and she was a three time ESPN – The Magazine Academic All-District selection by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Her fellow senior was Lindsey Linkimer (St. Charles East HS, St. Charles, Ill.), a middle hitter who wound up sixth in career blocks with 339, ninth in career kills with 937 and eighth in service aces with 109. Linkimer led the team in blocks this year with an average of 0.74 per game.

 

Sophomore setter Jaime Spolum (St. Charles North HS, St. Charles, Ill.) led the Vikings in assists with 1,076 in 110 games for an average of 9.78 per game. She now has 2,176 for her career and has moved into fourth place in that category.

 

Spolum was selected as the team’s Most Valuable Player at the conclusion of the season. Spolum, a two year starter, also recorded 222 digs, 28 total blocks (13 solo and 15 assists), 31 service aces and 49 kills. Her 9.78 assist-per-game average is the fourth best single season average in school history. Against North Park this past year, on October 24, she recorded 67 assists, which tied for the second best single match performance in school history. She was an honorable mention all-conference performer in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin.

 

Reeverts was picked as the Most Valuable Offensive Player and Uhrig was named as the Most Valuable Defensive Player. Reeverts led the team in kills with 299 in 107 games for an average of 2.79 per game. She hit at a .283 percentage with 299 kills against just 90 errors in 739 total attempts. She had 74 total blocks (33 solo and 41 assists), 52 digs, eight service aces and three assists. Reeverts was an honorable mention all-conference selection and made the all-tournament team at the Washington University Invitational.

 

Uhrig took over the libero position early in the campaign and went on to lead the Vikings in digs with 403 in 79 games played for a 5.10 average. That is the third best single season average in school history and her 38 digs on October 19 against Cornell is the ninth best single match performance ever at Augustana. She was an all-tournament selection at the Augustana Invitational. During the course of the season she had 29 service aces, eight setting assists and one kill.

 

Baumgartner was the winner of the Most Improved Player award. She played in 79 games and had 152 kills for a 1.92 per game average. She hit at a .244 clip with 152 kills against 51 kills in 414 total attempts. She recorded 49 total blocks (24 solo and 25 assists) with 25 digs and 11 setting assists.

 

The Coaches Award went to freshman Amy Kreiser (Fieldcrest HS, Minonk, Ill.).

 

2006 CCIW VOLLEYBALL STANDINGS

 

CCIW

 

 

OVERALL

 

 

TEAM

W

L

.PCT

W

L

.PCT

Carthage

7

0

1.000

29

5

.853

Illinois Wesleyan

5

2

.714

24

12

.667

Elmhurst

4

3

.571

16

19

.457

North Central

4

3

.571

26

5

.839

Millikin

3

4

.429

23

14

.622

Wheaton

3

4

.429

19

12

.613

AUGUSTANA

2

5

.286

6

24

.200

North Park

0

7

.000

5

28

.152

2006 CCIW TOURNAMENT RESULTS

Saturday, November 4 (CCIW Championship)
Carthage def. Illinois Wesleyan, 30-19, 30-27, 31-29

Friday, November 3 (CCIW Semifinals)
Illinois Wesleyan def. Wheaton, 30-25, 30-11, 30-27
Carthage def. Millikin, 30-19, 30-21, 30-24


Tuesday, October 31 (CCIW Play-In Matches)
Millikin def. North Central, 30-24, 28-30, 31-29, 30-21
Wheaton def. Elmhurst, 30-25, 30-21, 30-26
Illinois Wesleyan def. Augustana, 30-17, 30-26, 30-16
Carthage def. North Park, 30-17, 30-13, 30-13

 

2006 AUGUSTANA VOLLEYBALL SUPERLATIVES

 

CCIW ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS: Erin Reeverts & Jaime Spolum – both honorable mention

ESPN – THE MAGAZINE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT: Samantha Knox (third year in a row)

ALL-TOURNAMENT SELECTIONS: Mallory Thelander @ Wisconsin-Platteville Invitational…Rachel Uhrig @ Augustana Invitational…Erin Reeverts @ Washington Invitational

 

TOP TEN LISTS

SINGLE MATCH TOP TEN LISTINGS (additions from 2006)

ASSISTS: 67 by Jaime Spolum on 10/24/06 vs. North Park – tied for second

DIGS: 38 by Rachel Uhrig on 10/19/06 vs. Cornell – tied for ninth

 

SINGLE SEASON TOP TEN LISTINGS (additions from 2006)

ASSISTS PER GAME: Jaime Spolum ranks fourth with 9.78 per game (1,076 in 110 games)

DIGS PER GAME: Rachel Uhrig ranks third with 5.10 per game (403 in 79 games)

 

CAREER TOP TEN LISTINGS (additions from 2006)

KILLS: 1,360 by Samantha Knox for second and 937 by Lindsey Linkimer for ninth

ASSISTS: 2,176 by Jaime Spolum for fourth

SERVICE ACES: 151 by Samantha Knox for fourth and 109 by Lindsey Linkimer for eighth

BLOCKS: 339 by Lindsey Linkimer for sixth

 

TEAM AWARDS

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Jaime Spolum

MOST VALUABLE OFFENSIVE PLAYER: Erin Reeverts

MOST VALUABLE DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Rachel Uhrig

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: Angela Baumgartner

COACHES AWARD: Amy Kreiser