Dec. 10, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Four Boilermakers were honored by the AVCA with All-Northeast Region accolades on Tuesday. Juniors Val Nichol and KiKi Jones were selected to the AVCA All-Region team, while redshirt seniors Carly Cramer and Catherine Rebarchak received honorable mention nods. The awards boost Purdue's total of All-Region honorees to 32.
Purdue has had at least one first team honoree every year since 2010 and has had 14 all-region selections since 2004. Nichol and Jones are the first duo to receive first team accolades since Tiffany Fisher and Ariel Turner did so in 2011. Turner was the team's last all-region honoree in 2012. Four honorees are the most for the Boilermakers in a season in program history (previous was three in 2008 - Stephanie Lynch 1st team, Kristen Arthurs & Kelli Miller HM).
Nichol, who also was named to the All-Big Ten last week, has averaged 2.76 kills per set, while also dishing out 6.03 assists per set, managing 1.73 digs per set and serving up 20 aces. The Academic All-Big Ten selection has recorded 18 double-doubles and two triple-doubles, including a 14-kill, 27-assist, 10-dig performance against No. 4 Missouri in the NCAA Second Round. The Normal, Ill., native has Purdue in kills 16 times and in digs and blocks twice each. She has posted double-digit kill tallies 15 times and double-digit digs on five occasions. The junior has helped Purdue's hitters to a .250 or better hitting percentage in 15 matches, while hitting over the .250 mark 18 times as an individual, including .300 or better 15 times, .400 or better nine times and over .500 twice. The Big Ten Player of the Week, Oct. 21, Nichol has posted career high totals in kills (20 vs. #10 Minnesota), assists (34 vs. #5 Penn State and #15 Wisconsin), aces (4 vs. #19 Michigan State and Iowa), digs (15 vs. #15 Wisconsin) and blocks (7 at Notre Dame) this season.
Jones leads the team in blocking with 1.21 stuffs per set, while also chipping in 2.10 kills per set, hitting at a team-best .397 clip and adding 25 aces. The hitting efficiency ranks her 27th nationally and fourth among Big Ten players, while her blocks per set tally ranks sixth in the league. During Big Ten play, the Fishers, Ind., native hit at a .380 clip, second best among league players, while her blocks per set average of 1.20 ranked seventh. The junior has led Purdue in blocks 20 times, while putting up five or more blocks on 17 occasions. The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, Oct., 28, also has posted double-digit kills in eight matches, while leading the team three times. Jones has earned a spot on the season top 10 list for block assists, ranking fifth with 134. She also ranks seventh in career block assists (356) and ninth in total blocks (400). The Academic All-Big Ten selection posted career high tallies in aces (4) and digs (8) at Ohio State this season.
Cramer is the Boilermakers' leading defensive player with 3.97 digs per set, while also contributing a team-leading 32 aces and 0.88 assists per set. The redshirt senior has also aided the team by making good on 95 percent of her serve reception opportunities and helping the team to a hitting percentage of .250 or better in 15 matches, including .300 or better in 12 contests. The Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection has tallied double-digit digs 28 times, including 20 or more five times, while leading the Boilers on 29 occasions. The Martinsville, Ind., native ranks fifth in the Big Ten in overall digs per set and sixth in aces per set (0.27) and ranks fourth in digs per set during conference play (4.14). The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, Sept. 24, and Academic All-Big Ten selection ranks second on Purdue's all-time digs list with 1,783, and is just five digs away from cracking the single season Top 10.
Rebarchak leads the Boilermaker offense with 2.89 kills per set, while hitting at a .262 clip and adding 0.72 blocks per set. The redshirt senior missed six matches midseason due to an abdominal strain, but still managed to post double-digit kills in 15 matches, while leading the team on nine occasions. She has posted one 20-kill effort, setting a career high against Notre Dame. The Mobile, Ala., native recorded her 900th career kill against No. 19 Michigan State in the regular season finale. Rebarchak has hit at a .250 or better clip in 16 matches, including .300 or better 13 times, .400 or better five times and .500 or better three times. The Academic All-Big Ten selection also has put up five or more blocks twice, while leading the team against No. 6 Nebraska.
Name School Position Year
Jennifer Beltran Illinois L Sr.
Jocelynn Birks Illinois OH RS So.
Lauren Carlini Wisconsin S Fr.
Ellen Chapman Wisconsin OH Jr.
Abby Gilleland Ohio S So.
Nia Grant Penn State MB Jr.
Micha Hancock** Penn State S Jr.
KiKi Jones Purdue MB Jr.
Kelly Lamberti Ohio OH Jr.
Kaitlyn Leary Ohio State OH Sr.
Deja McClendon**** Penn State OH Sr.
Val Nichol Purdue S Jr.
Ariel Scott*** Penn State RS Sr.
Katie Slay*** Penn State MB Sr.
Freshman of the Year: Lauren Carlini, Wisconsin, S
Coach of the Year: Russ Rose, Penn State University
Name School Position Year
Tahleia Bishop Buffalo OH So.
Carly Cramer Purdue L RS Sr.
Liz McMahon Illinois RS Jr.
Alexis Pinson Ohio MB GS
Catherine Rebarchak Purdue OH Sr.
Dani Shepherd Pennsylvania L Sr.