Looking Back At The Top 10 Stories 2008 #3

Another champion is crowned at Cincinnati. That's right, The University of Cincinnati won a share of the Big East Conference volleyball regular-season championship with a three-set win over Rutgers and a loss by St. John's to DePaul.

With a 12-2 conference mark, Reed Sunahara and the Bearcats would post 26 victories during the season and earn a number two seed in the Big East Tournament. But things didn't go as planned in tournament play as the Bearcats fell to Pittsburgh in the opening round.

The 26 victories were one short of matching the Bearcats all-time mark of 27 wins in a season set in 2003. But the 14 home wins were the most in school history and marked only the second time in program history that UC had gone undefeated at home as the 2003 squad won 13 at home.

With the great season the Bearcats earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament and defeated Western Kentucky in their first match before falling to Illinois to end the season.

After the season several Bearcats earned honors for their work. Reed Sunahara was named the 2008 Big East Coach of the Year and seniors Jessie Nevitt and Jessica Elley were joined by sophomores Annie Fesl and Stephanie Niemer with all-conference honors.

For Nevitt the honor was just another in a long line of honors during her great career as a Bearcat. The senior from Kennesaw, Georgia must be considered one of the all-time great student athletes in the schools history.

She leaves Cincinnati and the Big East Conference as just the second player in conference history to eclipse 1,400 career kills and 600 career total blocks. Along with her Big East honors, Nevitt also earned AVCA All-Region Honors and AVCA Honorable Mention All-American honors.

Bearcats Volleyball was an easy pick for our #3 Big Story of 2008.


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