From the Sun Belt Conference
Middle Tennessee's Izabela Kozon headlines the 2010 All-Sun Belt Conference Volleyball Team by picking up Player of the Year honors, as voted on by the league's 12 head coaches. Other SBC awards went to Defensive Player of the Year Megan Baska (Arkansas State) and Freshman of the Year Melanie Stutsman (Western Kentucky). Middle Tennessee's head coach Matt Peck earned Coach of the Year honors for the second time in his career with the Blue Raiders.
Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky, the top two seeds in the upcoming Sun Belt Championship, had four players apiece named to the First and Second All-SBC teams.
Senior Izabela Kozon, one of the best players to ever play at Middle Tennessee, has put together a truly remarkable senior season to put the Blue Raiders into contention for yet another Sun Belt Championship. Kozon, who missed two weeks of play earlier in the season, has won the Sun Belt Player of the Week award on a conference record-tying five occasions, including on Sept. 13, when Kozon took home the CVU.com National Player of the Week. The native of Warsaw, Poland, has also taken home special recognition from the American Volleyball Scouting Report on three occasions this season. From a numbers stand point, Kozon leads the SBC in kills per set, averaging 4.12, nearly half a kill more than second on the list. She's also been a stellar defensive player, averaging 2.14 digs per set. She has recorded nine double-doubles this season. Kozon was named to the All-SBC First Team in 2009 and the All-Conference Second Team in 2008.
Megan Baska joined the Red Wolves squad as a true freshman this season and earned conference Defensive Player of the Week honors in her first collegiate weekend. Now a four-time DPOW selection, she leads the team with 497 digs so far this year and has etched her name in the record book already, taking over 10th place on the season digs chart. Her 5.07 digs per set average ranks in the top-ten among league players and in the top-50 nationally. She has posted double-digit digs in 22 matches this season and notched a season-high 34 against Northwestern State. The Overland Park, Kan., native has also added three kills, 18 service aces and 64 assists so far this season.
Another outstanding freshman, Melanie Stutsman set her team to a .298 hitting percentage which ranks sixth in the country. Stutsman has seen action in all 105 sets this season at the setter position. Through 31 games, Stutsman has collected 1,107 assists for an average of 10.54. This number ranks third in the conference and 56th in the nation in assists per sets. She has recorded 30 assists in 25 of 31 matches this season. Stutsman has, however, appeared on the stat sheets in more than one category. She ranks fifth in the conference with a .345 hitting percentage, a mark that improves to .393 in league play. In SBC action, Stutsman ranks third in hitting percentage. She has posted a hitting percentage over .400 with at least 10 attempts in 11 different matches this season. Stutsman has collected five double-doubles as a freshman, the last with 36 assists and 13 digs against Denver.
Middle Tennessee's Matt Peck led the Blue Raiders to their first Sun Belt Regular Season crown since 2007, posted a 25-5 overall record and finished 15-1 in conference play. Peck finished the 2009 season with the program's third Sun Belt Tournament title in four seasons and a fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. Under Peck, the Blue Raiders have posted their fifth consecutive season with 20 or more wins.
Andrea Lakovic, FIU
Natalia Valentin, FIU
Ashley Adams, Middle Tennessee
Izabela Kozon, Middle Tennessee
Maria Szivos, Middle Tennessee
Amy Huddleston, North Texas
Tiffany Elmore, Western Kentucky
Jordyn Skinner, Western Kentucky
Megan Baska, Arkansas State
Cayla Fielder, Arkansas State
Kacie Wikierak, Denver
Lesley Mirarchi, Louisiana-Lafayette
Stacy Oladinni, Middle Tennessee
Kayla Saey, North Texas
Melanie Stutsman, Western Kentucky
Lindsay Williams, Western Kentucky
Defensive Player of the Year: Megan Baska, Arkansas State
Freshman of the Year: Melanie Stutsman, Western Kentucky
Player of the Year: Izabela Kozon, Middle Tennessee