December 10, 2012
2012 VOLLEYBALL REVIEW
|Freshman setter Jordan Hampel led the Vikings in assists in 2012 with 859, an average of 8.00 per set.|
Vikings finish the 2012 season 20-11; post most victories since 2008; Emily Leazer sets school records for aces and is named Academic All-District and second team All-CCIW
The Augustana volleyball team finished the 2012 season with a 20-11 overall record, posting the program's most victories since a 23-12 campaign in 2008. Coach Jamie Walters' Vikings claimed championships at their own Invitational and the Alverno Classic and went unbeaten at the "Pumpkin Bash" at Carver Center, although they lost the title to Wartburg on tiebreaking criteria. Augustana finished 2-5 in CCIW play before pushing Carthage, a 2011 final four participant, to five sets in the CCIW Tournament play-in round.
Sophomore outside hitter Emily Leazer (St. Viator HS, Mt. Prospect, Ill.) hauled in considerable honors and ranked among the nation's leaders statistically. She was the Vikings' MVP and a second team All-CCIW selection. She was also named to the Capital One Academic All-District 7 team. She won MVP honors at both the Alverno Classic and Pumpkin Bash, was an all-tournament pick at the Augustana Invitational and was named CCIW Offensive Player of the Week on September 18.
Leazer set a new school record with an average of 0.91 service aces per set, well ahead of the previous record of 0.63 set by Mandy Murray in 2001. On September 14 at the Alverno Classic, she recorded two of the top four single-match ace totals in school history, including a record-tying nine against the host team. She ranked sixth in the nation in aces per set and 15th in points with an average of 4.77 per set. With two seasons to play, she already ranks seventh on Augustana's career aces list with 136. In addition, Leazer led the Vikings in kills with 397 and solo blocks with 16 and was second with 317 digs. Her average of 3.61 kills per set this year is fifth-best in school history and her 31 kills against Wheaton on October 23 are tied for second-most all-time for Augustana in a single match.
Freshman Martha Murray (Evanston Township HS, Evanston, Ill.) was second on the team with 227 kills, fourth with 217 digs and fifth with 29 service aces. Her seven aces against Benedictine-Springfield matched the fourth-highest single match total in school history. Sophomore Dory Dudley (Tremont HS, Tremont, Ill.) was third in kills with 211 and was Augustana's most efficient attacker, with a hitting percentage of .322.
A pair of freshmen led Walter's squad in digs and assists. Libero Kylie Siebert (Kaneland HS, Sugar Grove, Ill.) had a team-high 475 digs and her average of 4.44 per set is the tenth-best single-season average in school history. She had 44 digs in a match against Dubuque, tying the fifth-highest total in school history. Siebert was also second on the team with 39 service aces and was named the Vikings' "Freshman of the Year." Setter Jordan Hampel (Hilliard Davidson HS, Hilliard, Ohio) led Augustana with 859 assists and ranked fourth in the CCIW with an average of 8.00 per set. She was third on the team with 222 digs and 37 aces.
The lone senior on the Vikings' roster, Sarah Williams (Rockford Lutheran HS, Loves Park, Ill.), led the team with 74 total blocks -12 solo and 62 assisted - and was fourth with 115 kills . She joined Leazer on the all-tournament teams at the Augustana Invitational, Alverno Classic and Pumpkin Bash.
Sophomore middle hitter Samantha Kammerman (Sherrard HS, Milan, Ill.) won the team's "Augie Award." She ranked fifth on the team in kills (110), fourth in aces (32), second in total blocks (48) and third in solo blocks (11).
2012 CCIW VOLLEYBALL STANDINGS
2012 CCIW TOURNAMENT Championship - Saturday, November 3 - Elmhurst, Ill. Elmhurst def. Wheaton, 25-8, 25-21, 25-17
Semifinals - Friday, November 2 - Elmhurst, Ill. Wheaton def. Carthage, 25-23, 19-25, 25-19, 19-25, 15-13 Elmhurst def. Millikin, 25-11, 25-12, 25-22
Play-in Round - Tuesday, October 30 Elmhurst def. North Park, 25-13, 25-17, 25-11 at Elmhurst, Ill. Millikin def. Illinois Wesleyan, 25-20, 25-12, 25-18 at Decatur, Ill. Wheaton def. North Central, 26-24, 23-25, 28-26, 25-19 at Naperville, Ill. Carthage def. AUGUSTANA, 25-14, 25-27, 25-23, 23-25, 15-13 at Kenosha, Wis.
2012 AUGUSTANA VOLLEYBALL SUPERLATIVES
CCIW ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS: Emily Leazer, 2nd team
CAPITAL ONE ACDEMIC ALL-DISTRICT: Emily Leazer
CCIW OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Emily Leazer, 09/18/12
CCIW ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE: Katrina Colclasure, Amber Dalgaard, Jordan Hampel, Samantha Kammerman, Emily Leazer, Stephanie Petkovsek, Kylie Siebert, Blaire Theuerkauf, Sarah Williams
ALL TOURNAMENT SELECTIONS: Augustana Invitational - Emily Leazer, Sarah Williams; Alverno Classic - Emily Leazer (MVP), Sarah Williams; Pumpkin Bash - Emily Leazer (MVP), Sarah Williams
NATIONAL STATISTICAL TOP 25 - TEAM Service Aces - 25th @ 2.63 per set
NATIONAL STATISTICAL TOP 25 - INDIVIDUAL Service Aces - Emily Leazer, 6th @ 0.91 per set Points - Emily Leazer, 15th @ 4.77 per set
CCIW STATISTICAL TOP 10 - INDIVIDUAL Kills - Emily Leazer, 2nd @ 3.72 per game Assists - Jordan Hampel, 4th @ 8.00 per game Service Aces - Emily Leazer, T-3rd @ 0.44 per game; Kylie Siebert, 9th @ 0.28 per game Digs - Kylie Siebert, 5th @ 4.52 per game; Emily Leazer, 10th @ 3.36 per game
2012 TEAM AWARDS
MVP - Emily Leazer
MOST IMPROVED - Julee Morrison
MVP JV - Katie Bindon
JV MOST IMPROVED - Kayla Bushey
AUGIE AWARD - Samantha Kammerman
AUGIE AWARD JV - Paige Smith
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR - Kylie Siebert
INDIVIDUAL TOP TEN LISTS
Kills - 31 (T-2nd), Emily Leazer vs. Wheaton, 10/23/12
Service Aces - 9 (T-1st), Emily Leazer vs. Alverno, 09/14/12; 8 (T-4th), Emily Leazer vs. Knox 09/14/12; 7 (T-7th), Emily Leazer vs. Eureka, 10/05/12; 7 (T-7th), Martha Murray vs. Benedictine-Springfield, 9/22/12
Digs - 44 (T-5th), Kylie Siebert vs. Dubuque, 09/16/12
Kills per game - 3.61 (5th), Emily Leazer Aces per game - 0.91 (1st), Emily Leazer Digs per game - 4.44 (10th), Kylie Siebert
CAREER Service Aces - 136 (7th), Emily Leazer