VERMILLION, S.D. | South Dakota’s volleyball team garnered plenty of awards during Thursday night's Summit League Banquet, including outside hitter Audrey Reeg, who was named the league’s player of the year.
Two of Reeg’s teammates were also cited, setter of the year Brittany Jessen and freshman of the year Elizabeth Loschen. Leanne Williamson was named the league’s coach of the year, guiding the 24-6 Coyotes to a first-place 13-3 Summit record.
Reeg, a 5-10 senior outside hitter from Dubuque, Iowa, ranks second with an average of 3.95 kills per game for the Summit League champion Coyotes. Reeg has 403 kills, 370 digs, 28 blocks and 33 ace serves heading into Saturday night’s second-round Summit League Tournament match at Denver, Colorado, against the North Dakota State/IUPUI opening-round winner.
Reeg is only the second Coyote to be named the Summit League MVP, following Kendall Kritenbrink, the school’s career kills leader. South Dakota, incidentally, has had the player of the year two times in the last four seasons.
Jessen, a 5-9 junior from Mendota Heights, Minnesota, repeated as the Summit’s setter of the year. The league’s runaway leader with an 11.03 assists per game average, Jessen has also supplied 335 digs, 142 kills, 40 ace serves and 40 blocks.
A 6-1 outside hitter from Omaha, Loschen is the first Coyote to win freshman of the year honors. One of seven named to the Summit All-Freshman Team, Loschen has 231 kills and 45 blocks.
Reeg and Jessen were two of the 12 named to the All-Summit League team.
Honorable mention selection Lindsey Brown, a 5-10 senior middle blocker from Mapleton, Iowa, has 175 kills and 63 blocks.
Williamson is the first from South Dakota to win coach of the year honors. In her third year, USD set new school records for the most wins at the Division I level, the most Summit wins and the school’s first league title in the sport.
South Dakota is seeded second in the Summit League Tournament.