Jan. 5, 2010
DeKALB, Ill. - Three Northern Illinois volleyball players earned selections to the Mid-American Conference 2009 Volleyball Academic All-MAC Team Tuesday, as voted on by faculty athletic representatives at MAC institutions, marking the most honorees in a single season in program history. Receiving the honor for the second year in a row was senior Meagan Schoenrock (Sylvania, Ohio/Northview), as she was joined by first-timers sophomores Kristin Hoffman (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) and Allison McGlaughlin (Morton, Ill./Morton).
The award for Schoenrock rounds out her career in fine fashion, as she was also named to the first team All-MAC before heading into the conference tournament at the end of November. In her four years as a Huskie, the outside hitter set a first at NIU by becoming the only player in program history to earn first or second team All-MAC recognition four times in a career, as she was a second team and all-freshman team selection in her first year, a second teamer again as a sophomore and a first team selection in her final two years.
In all 108 of NIU's sets in 2009, she ranked fourth in the MAC in kills (3.90/set) and points (4.31/set) during the regular season and had double-digit kills in all but seven matches, tallying 20 or more five times. She finishes ranked third all-time at NIU with 1,690 kills, and holds a 3.36 GPA as a visual communication major at Northern Illinois.
In their first year of eligibility for the award, Hoffman and McGlaughlin own two of the three 4.00 GPAs from the 19 selections.
Hoffman set career-marks nearly across the board as the setter in 2009 with 748 assists (10.11), which ranked third in the MAC during league competition, 161 digs (2.18/set), 27 kills, 25 blocks and 14 aces for 55 points. The history major tallied a career-best five double-doubles and also set individual match-highs with six kills against Western Michigan on Nov. 5 and 16 digs against Buffalo on Oct. 16.
McGlaughlin, who also was a 2009 second team All-MAC selection, is one of two Huskies all-time (Schoenrock) to earn All-MAC and all-freshman selections in her first year and a second team selection as a sophomore. In all 108 of NIU's sets in 2009, the outside hitter finished the regular season ranking sixth in kills (3.50/set) and points (3.83/set) and had a career-high 12 double-doubles. She set career-marks for points (412), kills (375), digs (319) and blocks (30). The elementary education major also set new single match highs with 26 kills against DePaul on Sept. 22 and 20 digs against Western Michigan on Nov. 5, in addition to having a career-best three blocks on two different occasions.
The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.