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  • Volleyball’s Eckerman Named Big 12′s Top Player

    Published: Nov. 27, 2012

    University of Texas at Austin women's volleyball team

    The Texas women’s volleyball team wrapped up the Big 12 championship Nov. 16 against Texas Tech. Watch highlights from that game and the celebration afterward.

    As the Longhorns prepare to host the opening rounds of the NCAA tournament this week and next, another bit of good news has come their way: Haley Eckerman, the team’s star sophomore outside hitter, has been named Big 12 Player of the Year, reports TexasSports.com.

    This is the fourth straight year and sixth time overall that a Texas student-athlete has been named Big 12 Player of the Year: Destinee Hooker (2009), Juliann Faucette (2010) and Bailey Webster (2011) are past winners, as are Mira Topic (2004) and Demetria Sance (1997). The conference awards are chosen by the league’s head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own players.

    LonghornHaley Eckerman, Big 12 Women's Volleyball Player of the Year

    Eckerman finished 2012 leading the league in points (5.24) and kills (4.60) in Big 12-only contests. The 2011 AVCA Freshman of the Year, she becomes the third sophomore to earn the Big 12 Player of the Year distinction, and the sixth player in league history to earn both the Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year honors in their careers. The native of Waterloo, Iowa, collected five Big 12 Player of the Week honors this season. In overall matches, she leads the Big 12 in kills (4.59), service aces (0.44) and points (5.27). Nationally, she ranks ninth in the country in points and 10th in kills. She posted double-digit kills in all but one match this season and has seven double-doubles.

    Eckerman, along with teammates Khat Bell, Sha’Dare McNeal and Bailey Webster, all received All-Big 12 First Team honors while Molly McCage earned All-Freshman Team honors. Bell, Eckerman and Webster earned their second straight conference honor while McNeal earned her first-ever Big 12 honor.

    The team, which won the Big 12 championship earlier this month, will open its NCAA tournament as the No. 3 seed against Colgate on Nov. 29.

    Images courtesy of UT Athletics.

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      Power to women said on Nov. 29, 2012 at 8:34 p.m.
      Congrats to Haley and team!
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      Jon Bernis said on Nov. 29, 2012 at 1:29 a.m.
      Very good player, she deserves to be on top because of her perseverence and hard training.
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      Jacqui Woolley said on Nov. 27, 2012 at 10:19 a.m.
      Well deserved. She has been consistently outstanding the entire season. By far the best player in the conference and, in my unbiased view, one of the best in the country. Will be fun to see how some of the top teams in the NCAA tournament try to contain her.
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