Defending national champion Nebraska has been selected as the preseason favorite to win the Big 12 title for the 11th consecutive season in a vote of the league's head coaches, the conference office announced. The Huskers received 10 of the possible 11 first-place votes while tallying 100 points overall. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams.
season, NU earned its third NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship
while compiling a 33-1 overall record. The Huskers also claimed their
ninth Big 12 crown (1996, ‘98-02, ‘04-06) after posting a 19-1 mark in
conference action. Right-side hitter Sarah Pavan, the 2006 AVCA Player of
the Year, headlines the Nebraska roster. Four additional
All-Americans will also be featured amongst the returning starters -- setter
Rachel Holloway, outside hitters Christina Houghtelling and Jordan Larson, and
middle blocker Tracy Stalls. The Huskers will also have three other
players with starting experience on the squad including middle blockers Kori Cooper and Amanda Gates and defensive specialist/libero Rachel Schwartz.
was second behind NU with 91 points, including one first-place vote. The
Longhorns were followed by
filling the top five spots.
State was sixth with
and Texas Tech rounding out the
paced the conference with a Big 12 record five preseason All-Big 12 selections,
including Holloway, Houghtelling, Larson, Pavan and Stalls.
was named Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year for the third consecutive
season. In 2006, the two-time Big 12 Player of the Year led the conference
in kills (5.10 - school record) and points (5.99) per game while hitting .313 on
the season. Pavan ranked 10th nationally in kills per game and
reached double figures in kills in 33 of 34 matches, including 10 with at least
20 kills. She was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA
Championship after posting 5.50 kills and 2.88 digs per game in victories over
No. 4 UCLA and No. 2 Stanford. Pavan was awarded numerous awards for her
performance in ‘06 including the Honda-Broderick Cup, Big 12 Female Athlete of
the Year and ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American of the
) was tabbed the
Preseason Newcomer of the Year. The 6-3 outside hitter joined the Wildcats
at the beginning of the second semester in 2007 and participated in spring
workouts and matches. At the Great Lakes Invitational in
, Korobkova tallied
39 kills and a .300 hitting percentage in KSU's final spring tournament.
Prior to coming to K-State, Korobkova was a member of the Russian Junior
) was selected as the Preseason Freshman
of the Year. It marks the second straight season that a Longhorn has
received this honor (Ashley Engle). Faucette was a four-year starter for
, while being tabbed as the nation's No. 2 recruit
by Prep Volleyball. Last summer, Faucette was the second-highest scorer
for the USA Women's Junior National Team, which won a gold medal at the 2006
NORCECA Continental Women's Junior Championships in
Faucette also competed for the USA National Team at the Azteca Cup last
12 conference teams open the season the weekend of Aug. 24, while conference
action is slated to begin on Sept. 12.
BIG 12 PRESEASON VOLLEYBALL POLL & AWARDS
Team (First-place Votes)
4. Texas A&M
6. Iowa State
7. Kansas State
Ten points were awarded for first-place votes, nine for second, etc.
Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.
Player of the Year: Sarah
Pavan, Nebraska, RS, Sr., 6-5, Kitchener, Ontario/Forest Heights Collegiate
Newcomer of the Year: Nataly
Kansas State Jr., OH, 6-3,
Freshman of the Year: Juliann
Texas, OH, 6-2, San
ALL-BIG 12 TEAM
Glenwood Springs, Colo./Glenwood Springs
6-2 Steen, Minn./Hills-Beaver
5-6 Bellevue, Neb./Bellevue
6-3 Shan Dong, China/Shan Dong
Franklin, Tenn./Smoky Hill (Colo.)
6-2 Cambridge, Neb./Cambridge
Hooper, Neb./Logan View
Kitchener, Ontario/Forest Heights Collegiate
6-3 Denver, Colo./Lakewood
Twelve players are named to the preseason all-conference team -- a tie occurred
in voting to result in 14 members this season.