April 3, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - The UConn volleyball team held its annual banquet Saturday night to honor the 2012 senior class and announce award winners.
Seniors Jordan Kirk and Allison Nickel were both honored with a presentation by head coach Holly Strauss-O'Brien.
Nickel appeared in 304 sets and totaled 306 career kills in a Husky uniform. She attacked at a rate of .238 throughout her career, including a career-best .272 as a sophomore. Nickel totaled 190 blocks in her four years, 49 of which came in her senior season. As a senior, she netted a career-high 11 kills in a win over Fairfield and against DePaul she tallied eight kills and three key blocks in another UConn win.
Kirk became the 12th Connecticut player to record 1,000 career kills on October 2 and finished her career ranked seventh all-time for the Huskies at 1,143. In each of her four seasons, she recorded at least 200 kills. As a senior, Kirk totaled a career-best 337 kills and led the team with a 3.27 kills per set average. She posted four double-doubles over the course of the 2011 season and surpassed 15 kills in a match on eight occasions. Throughout her career, Kirk earned numerous all-tournament selections, been named to the Director of Athletics Hopnor Roll and as a freshman was a BIG EAST Academic All-Star. Later this month, she will also be honored as one of UConn's Outstanding Senior Scholar-Althetes.
Junior outside hitter Mattison Quayle was named the team's Most Valuable Player, while Kirk took home the Offensive Player of the Year award and junior libero Kelsey Maving the Defensive Player of the Year award. Sophomore middle hitter Jackie Wattles earned the team's Most Improved Player award and sophomore middle hitter Colby Billhardt and freshman outside hitter Devon Maugle shared the Huskies' Unsung Hero award.