Falcons Land Four On All-Commonwealth, Tobias COY
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Grantham, PA — Coming off one the most decorated seasons in Messiah women's volleyball history, the Falcons were honored on Thursday with four players being recognized as All-Commonwealth members. Additionally, head coach Judi Tobias was named Coach of the Year.
Juniors Lauren Rees and Lindsay King were named First Team All-Commonwealth, with senior Megan Wise and sophomore Jess Geib being named to the Second Team.
For Rees, it was her second straight year collecting the First Team honor after being named Second Team during her freshman season. King was named First Team for the first time in her career after landing Second Team honors in both her freshman and sophomore seasons.
Rees collected 87 kills across Messiah’s 7-0 conference regular season. The outside-hitter from Oakdale, NY, totaled a career-high 386 kills in the entire 2011 season. Her 3.62 kills per set in the conference was almost identical to last year’s 3.65 average, and was second only to Jamie Hawk of Lebanon Valley.
King, a middle hitter from Atglen, PA, led the Commonwealth with an average of 1.39 blocks per set. Of her 32 blocks in league play, 15 were solo. The 6’0 junior also led the league with 14 service aces. Over the course of the entire season, King collected 112 blocks, 59 of which were solo, and 44 service aces.
Geib followed up her Rookie of the Year campaign in 2010 with her second straight year as Second Team All-Commonwealth. The setter from Lititz, PA, was fourth in the conference with 214 assists, good for an 8.56 assists per set average in league play. She collected 924 total assists in 2011, and led the team with 47 service aces. Geib also set a career-high with 51 assists in the Falcons’ 3-1 win over Catholic University on October 28.
For Wise, the All-Commonwealth honor was the first of her career. The senior Libero and defensive specialist was third in the conference with 110 digs across seven league games, good for a 4.78 digs per set average. Wise totaled 569 digs this season, accumulating 1,401 digs for her career with the Falcons.
In her 16th year coaching the Falcons, Messiah's Judi Tobias led the program to unprecedented success. The Falcons' 25-6 record was the best in program history, including a first-ever undefeated season in the Commonwealth (7-0) and #1 seed in the conference tournament. Hosting the Commonwealth Championships for the first time ever, Messiah advanced past Lycoming before falling to champion Lebanon Valley.
Kacey Musselman of Lebanon Valley was named Rookie of the Year, with teammate Jamie Hawk collecting Player of the Year honors. Musselman collected 1,179 assists for the Dutchmen in 2011, the most by an LVC freshman since 2002. She also added 306 digs and 37 service aces during the season.
Hawk totaled 387 kills on the season for LVC, as the Dutchmen won their fourth consecutive Commonwealth Championship. She averages 3.46 kills per set at a .315 hitting percentage as the team heads into the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament this weekend.
A complete listing of the All-Commonwealth teams is here:
First Team All-Conference Player – Team –Position Year – Hometown (High School)
Second Team All-Conference Player – Team – Position – Year – Hometown (High School)
Player of the Year: Jamie Hawk, Lebanon Valley