PARK RIDGE, Ill. — The Penn State women’s volleyball team had this season’s best player, setter, freshman and coach in the Big Ten as the awards have begun to roll in for the nation’s No. 1 program.
Ariel Scott was honored as the conference’s Player of the Year by the coaches as the awards were announced Tuesday morning.
She was joined by Micha Hancock as the Setter of the Year, Megan Courtney as the Freshman of the Year and Russ Rose was the Coach of the Year in voting both by his peers and the media. Also, Scott and Hancock were joined by Deja McClendon and Katie Slay on the All-Big Ten team, with Scott and McClendon unanimous selections, and Courtney was a unanimous choice for the All-Freshman team.
The No. 1 Nittany Lions (29-2), who host Binghamton at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, led the conference with four All-Big Ten selections. Nebraska had three while two each were named from Minnesota and Michigan.
Scott, who also was a first-team choice in 2011, is the seventh Nittany Lion to earn the honor in the last eight years. She leads the team with 3.69 kills per set while hitting .303 and posting 87 blocks, which is third on the team.
Hancock has directed the Nittany Lion offense ti a .305 hitting year, leading the Big Ten and ranking 22nd nationally at 11.31 assists per set. She also is second in the conference and fourth in Division I with 0.55 aces per set.
McClendon was named All-Big Ten for the third time, ranking second on the team with 3.25 kills per set and 2.79 digs per set. The junior now has 1,198 career kills.
Slay is on the list for a second time, leads the Lions with .431 hitting and 1.39 blocks per set. She is first in the Big Ten and 24th in the nation in blocking.
Courtney is the 10th Freshman of the Year in the last 11 seasons for Penn State, starting all but one match this season while ranking fourth on the team at 2.03 kills per set and 1.87 digs per set.
Rose earned his coaching honor for the 11th time, with five of the last six in voting by other coaches and seven of the last eight from the media while guiding the Nittany Lions to the conference title for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons and the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Also, senior setter Kristin Carpenter was honored as the team’s sportsmanship honoree.