Nov. 15, 2012
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – University of Connecticut volleyball head coach Holly Strauss-O’Brien was named the BIG EAST Co-Coach of the Year at the championship banquet held at the Hilton City Center in Milwaukee on Thursday night. Senior Mattison Quayle was named to the All-BIG EAST Volleyball First Team.
Strauss-O’Brien coached the Huskies back to the BIG EAST Championship for the first time since 2009 with an overall record of 19-11 in the regular season and a 10-5 showing in conference play. UConn was slated 10th in the preseason coaches’ poll and finished the season in fourth. Strauss-O’Brien shared the award with Louisville head coach Anne Kordes.
Connecticut last claimed the coach of the year award in 1994 when Ellen Crandall won it for a second straight season.
Quayle, an outside hitter from Los Angeles, Calif., became UConn’s first first team selection since 2008 and 13th in program history. In her final season as a Husky, she led the team with 3.24 kills per set and hit .178. Quayle also ranked second on the team with 2.39 digs per set and third with 0.68 blocks per set.
Twice this season, Quayle was named to the weekly BIG EAST Honor Roll. She appeared on the list for the weeks ending September 23 and November 11.
She joined Connecticut’s 1,000-kill club against Marquette on November 2. She currently ranks 10th in program history with 1,058 kills.
The Huskies make their first postseason appearance since Quayle’s freshman season tomorrow. UConn earned the number four seed and faces number five Cincinnati at the Al McGuire Center at 10:00 am CT Friday morning.