Jillian Bauer Named Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – The Horizon League announced its preseason volleyball awards on Thursday, and Green Bay’s Jillian Bauer (Verona, Wis.) was voted the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. In addition, sophomore Shannon Hurley (Connellsville, Pa.) was tabbed to the seven-player All-Horizon League Team.
Bauer made a huge impact on the Phoenix roster in 2013 after transferring from Ohio State. As the team’s starting libero, Bauer led the Horizon League and ranked 31st nationally in digs per set (5.07). Bauer’s 563 digs ranked as the fourth most in a single-season in program history. For her efforts, Bauer was named to the All-Horizon League Team.
“In Jillian Bauer, you have a libero that can impact the game through different parts of the game such as serve receive, defense and serving,” said Phoenix head coach Sean Burdette. “She has a lot of range and covers the court well.”
The 2013 Horizon League Freshman of the Year, Hurley was voted by the league’s head coaches to the Preseason All-Horizon League Team. The 6-foot outside hitter tallied a team-high 351 kills as a freshman and led the conference in kills per set (3.38).
“As the returning freshman of the year in the conference, Shannon Hurley brings a big arm to the gym that can score points for us every night,” Burdette said. “Shannon, along with our other attackers, will have to carry more of an offensive load this season.”
Bauer, Hurley and the 2014 Green Bay volleyball team opens the 2014 season this weekend by hosting the Green Bay Country Inn & Suites Tournament. The Phoenix begins the tourney on Friday night at 7 p.m. against Kansas State.
2014 Preseason All-Horizon League Team
Morgan Beil, Valparaiso (Sr., MH/RS)
Maggie Hannon, Cleveland State (Sr., MH)
Shannon Hurley, Green Bay (So., OH)
Julie Kolinske, Milwaukee (Sr., OH)
Cassie Pelloni, Oakland (Jr., OH)
Kayla Price, Milwaukee (Jr., S)
Sara Sternard, UIC (Sr., MB)
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Jillian Bauer, Green Bay (Jr., L)
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Julie Kolinske, Milwaukee (Sr., OH)
2014 Horizon League Volleyball Coaches Poll
First Place votes in parenthesis
1. Milwaukee (6) – 47
2. Valparaiso (1) – 39
3. Oakland (1) – 37
4. Cleveland State – 29
5. Green Bay – 26
6. UIC – 20
7. Youngstown State – 19
8. Wright State – 7
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