Dec. 6, 2006
DeKalb, Ill. - The awards keep rolling in for Northern Illinois' Kate McCullagh (Woodstock, Ill.) as the 2006 Mid-American Conference Volleyball Player of the Year was named to the 2006 American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Mideast Region team, announced by the AVCA on Wednesday.
"It's an honor to be recognized by the AVCA because I've played against so many of the players on the team and to be a part of it is special," McCullagh said. "It makes me feel good to represent Northern Illinois in that fashion."
McCullagh is the only player on the team that is not from the Big Ten conference. She is the first Huskie to be named to the team since former NIU setter Jenny Bowman did it in 2001.
"What a great award for Kate and the program," NIU head coach Ray Gooden beamed. "We are in a very tough region paired up with the Big Ten and even though there are more MAC players that are deserving to be a part of this team, we are thrilled for Kate's selection."
The 6-foot middle blocker climbed her way up the Huskie record books this past season as she broke former teammate Tera Lobdell's career-record for kills and finished with 1,936 putaways. For the season, McCullagh totaled 632 kills and is fourth in the country (as of Dec. 6) with 5.75 kills-per-game.
This past season, McCullagh was twice named the MAC West Division Player of the Week and reached the 30-kill plateau seven times, keying the Huskies to a record of 20-9 and their first MAC West Division title since 2001.
Joining McCullagh on the squad was Michigan's Katie Bruzdzinski (Jr., OH); Wisconsin's Brittney Dolgner (Fr., OH) and Jackie Simpson (Jr., S); Penn State's Nicole Fawcett (So., OH), Christa Harmotto (So., MB) and Megan Hodge (Fr., OH); Purdue's Stephanie Lynch (So., MB); Ohio State's Marisa Main (Sr., S) and Danielle Meyer (Jr., MB); Minnesota's Meredith Nelson (Sr., MB) and Malama Peniata (Sr., L/DS).