June 5, 2009
STORRS, Conn. -
The University of Connecticut volleyball team acknowledged the achievements of the 2008 squad at its annual banquet before the conclusion of the academic year. Seniors Megan Frey (Chaska, Minn.) and Kate Seabaugh (St. Louis, Mo.) were recognized for their commitment and dedication to the program in addition to the team award winners honored.
Chauntay Mickens (Germantown, Md.) and Rebecca Murray (Carmel, Ind.) were co-recipients of the Offensive Player of the Year Award. Mickens averaged just over three kills per game last season and totaled 334 in 111 matches played. She was named to the BIG EAST Conference Honor Roll twice during the 2008 campaign in addition to earning a spot on the all-conference second team.
Murray, who led the middle hitters with a .318 hitting percentage, finished the season with 270 kills in her sophomore season. She posted season-high kill efforts against Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Middle Tennessee with 14. Murray set a UConn match record with a .899 hitting-percentage against Buffalo to start the year.
On the other side of the ball, Jessica Isaac (Erlanger, Ky.) received the team's Defensive Player of the Year Award for the third-straight season. Isaac's consistent presence continued in the 2008 season with spots on all-tournament teams at the Northern Illinois Invitational and the Michigan State Showcase. She recorded double-digit digs in 26 of the 32 matches played and posted a season-high in that category with 26 against a pair of BIG EAST opponents (Cincinnati; Notre Dame). Entering her final season with the Huskies, Isaac is third on the career all-time list with 1,538 digs.
Recognized for her dedication and determination, Allie Nickel (Pittsford, N.Y.) was named the team's Most Improved Player for the 2008 season. Nickel's skills on the court steadily improved throughout the season as she grew accustom to volleyball at the collegiate level. Through her work ethic, Nickel positioned herself as a legitimate option of the bench in the upcoming season.
(Lancaster, Wisc.) received the Foster Family Unsung Hero given to the player who exemplifies guts, determination, selfless play and commitment on and off the court. Corell made an instant and continued impact on the program despite her limited statistical presence. As the recipient of the Unsung Hero, her positive presence and worth ethic was acknowledged by the Connecticut coaching staff.
Frey and Seabaugh were also honored for the dedication to Connecticut volleyball as the 2008 graduating seniors. Frey, was a leader both on and off the court, finishing her career with 197 kills, 93 blocks and 293 digs. She established new career-highs in every statistical category in her final season with the Huskies. In addition to her performance on the court, Frey's academic achievements were acknowledged at the team banquet. During her four-year career, she was on the Dean's List twice (2005; 2007) and earned a spot on the Director of Athletics Honor Roll for seven semesters. Frey was named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star twice and was among the UConn Club honorees. She along with Seabaugh were named Outstanding Scholar Athletes.
Seabaugh, who completed her bachelor's degree in three years, made Dean's List each year and will continue her education at Cornell University where she will pursue her master's degree. She was the recipient of the New England Scholar Award during her college career and also received the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Finance Award from the Connecticut Business School. On the court, Seabaugh totaled 621 kills, 52 service aces and 75 blocks in 90 matches played.
Volleyball concluded the 2008 season with its third-straight BIG EAST Tournament appearance and a 21-11 overall record. Connecticut posted a 10-4 mark in conference play en route to the fourth seed in the post season.