November 18, 2011

Colberg Tabbed NEC Libero of the Year; Four Pioneers Earn All-Conference Honors

Brooklyn, NY – Sacred Heart senior Jessica Colberg (Long Beach, CA) was named the 2011 Northeast Conference Libero of the Year at the annual awards banquet on the eve of the 2011 NEC Tournament.  Colberg and graduate student Kimmee Roleder (Pasadena, CA) both secured a spot on the All-NEC First Team.  SHU put a pair of middle blockers on the All-NEC Second team as Elise Sage (Greenwood Village, CO) and Johanna Ovsenek (London, Ontario) each captured the honor for a second straight season.

Colberg capped off her senior season for the by becoming the first player in SHU history to be named the NEC libero of the year. The California native has posted 475 digs on the season to average 4.13 per game, ranking her fifth in the Conference.  Colberg had great success during league play in her senior year, recording a season-high 31 digs against Central Connecticut at the beginning of October after tallying 25 just a day earlier against Bryant. She earned one Molten/NEC Player of the Week nod and two Molten/NEC Defensive Player of the Week honors this fall as well as All-Tournament recognition earlier in the season at the Arundel Mills Invitational.

Roleder totaled 444 kills on the season, an average 3.86 per game that places her third on the circuit. Her 3.24 digs per game ranks her second on the Pioneers. Roleder made an immediate impact this fall, earning All-Tournament honors at the Big Orange Tournament to begin the season. She followed up by collecting All-Tournament accolades at the Arundel Mills Invitational and Sacred Heart Invitational, and was named NEC Player of the Week on September 12.

Ovsenek, a junior middle blocker who was also tabbed to the second team in 2010, helped the Pioneers hold opponents to a .157 hitting percentage while individually she leads the team in blocks (77), averaging 0.67 per game. Sage, a two-time Molten/NEC Player of the Week winner, tops the Pioneers with a .339 hitting percentage, which ranks her fifth in the league. The junior middle blocker came on strong at the end of the regular season as she hit north of .350 in the last 12 matches.

The Pioneers will look to add more hardware to the trophy case this weekend as they take on Central Connecticut State tomorrow at 5:30 pm in the NEC semifinals with a berth in the 2011 NEC title game on the line.

2011 Northeast Conference Post Season Awards

Player of the Year
Hanna Gibeau, LIU

Libero of the Year
Jessica Colberg, SHU

Setter of the Year
Vera Djuric*, LIU

Rookie of the Year
Annika Foit, LIU

Coach of the Year
Kyle Robinson, LIU

*Unanimous Selection

2011 All Northeast Conference Women's Volleyball First Team

Hanna Gibeau, LIU
Vera Djuric, LIU
Annika Foit, LIU
Kimmie Roleder, SHU
Jessica Colberg, SHU
Hannah Veith, RMU
Meghan Wheeler, FDU

2011 All Northeast Conference Women's Volleyball Second Team

Jessica Rice, LIU
Johanna Ovsenek, SHU
Elise Sage, SHU

Sara DeLacey, CCSU
Emily Cochran, CCSU
Lindsey Monger, RMU
Kelsey Semler, FDU