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Lady Flames Place 4 on Big South Volleyball All-Decade Teams
In conjunction with the Big South Conference's 30th Anniversary celebration, the conference has announced its Volleyball All-Decade Teams, today. The all-decade squads were determined by a panel of conference administrators, along with fan voting.
A total of four former members of the Liberty volleyball program were honored today. Anthonia Akpama and Kyrie Dorn were named to the 1990s team, while Kallie Corbin received mention on the 2000s all-decade team. In addition, former head coach Chris (Fletcher) Phillips was named Co-Coach of the 1990s for the Big South.
Akpama, a native of Lagos, Nigeria, earned induction into both the Big South Hall of Fame and Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame this year. Competing from 1996-99, Akpama held the Big South record for career kills (2,024) at the time of her graduation, a total which remains the program record. She helped the Lady Flames win their first two Big South titles, in 1997 and 1999.
She was named to the Big South All-Conference first team during each of her four seasons, the only player in program history to hold that distinction. Akpama earned Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Tournament MVP honors from the Big South. As a senior, she was named to the AVCA All-District team and CoSIDA Academic All-District squad.
Kyrie Dorn was another driving force behind the Lady Flames' success in the late 1990s, helping Liberty post 20 or more wins during each of her four years, 1996-99. Dorn also aided the Lady Flames as they won the Big South championship in both 1997 and 1999. Upon her graduation, she ranked third in program history with 1,476 career kills, a total which is now fifth.
Dorn, a three-time Big South All-Conference selection, was voted Big South Player of the Year and Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year as a junior in 1998. She was Liberty's first-ever honoree for either award. As a senior in 1999, Dorn was named to the VaSID All-State Volleyball first team.
Kallie Corbin put together a standout career as a setter for the Lady Flames from 2006-09, helping Liberty earn back-to-back Big South titles in 2007 and 2008. She closed out her career in third place on Liberty's all-time list with 4,528 career assists, while also adding 1,241 career digs.
Corbin, a four-year all-conference selection, was named the 2008 Big South Volleyball Player of the Year. She also earned Big South Tournament MVP honors as a sophomore and junior. Following her junior year, Corbin became Liberty's first volleyball All-American, being named to the AVCA All-America honorable mention squad. Also in 2008, she was the first Lady Flame ever to be voted VaSID State Player of the Year.
Chris (Fletcher) Phillips guided the Lady Flames from 1992-97, and again from 1999-2003. She led Liberty to its first three Big South Volleyball Championship titles, in 1997, 1999 and 2001. Phillips holds the program record with 198 career victories. During the 1990s, her teams registered a 123-115 overall record, including 42-31 in Big South play, while capturing two Big South titles. She was named the Big South Coach of the Year in 1997, and again in 2003.
1986-89 VOLLEYBALL ALL-DECADE TEAM
Angela Cunningham, Charleston Southern - 3-time All-Conference
Gretchen Foster, Radford - 2-time All-Conference
Laura Higgins, Radford - Player of the Year, Big South Tournament MVP
Patricia Hinson, Charleston Southern - Player of the Year
Lisa Mullins, Winthrop - Player of the Year, 2-time Big South Tournament MVP, 3-time All-Conference
Laurel Tanner, Radford - Player of the Year
Ann Thomas, Charleston Southern - Big South Tournament MVP, 2-time All-Conference
Head Coach, School
Amir Khaldei, Charleston Southern - 3 Championships (1986-88-89), 13-5 Big South, 55-33 overall
1990-99 VOLLEYBALL ALL-DECADE TEAM
Anthonia Akpama, Liberty - Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Big South Tournament MVP, 4-time All-Conference, Big South Hall of Fame member
Lisa Cline, UMBC - Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Big South Tournament MVP, 3-time All-Conference
Kyrie Dorn, Liberty - Player of the Year, 3-time All-Conference
Ilona Fekete, UNC Asheville - Player of the Year, 3-time All-Conference, Big South Hall of Fame member
Liz Gremillion, UNC Greensboro - Player of the Year, Big South Tournament MVP, 2-time All-Conference
Kelly O'Brien, UMBC - 2-time Player of the Year, 2-time All-Conference
Carrie O'Connell, Charleston Southern - 4-time All-Conference
Kimberly Osborne, UNC Asheville - Rookie of the Year, 4-time All-Conference
Lorelee Smith, UNC Asheville - 3-time All-Conference
Head Coach, School
Chris Fletcher Phillips, Liberty - 2 Championships (1997-99), 2 NCAA Tournaments, 1 Coach of the Year award, 42-31 Big South, 123-115 overall
Lisa Rhodes, UNC Asheville - 2 Championships (1991-92), 1 NIVT appearance, 31-7 Big South, 97-77 overall
2000-09 VOLLEYBALL ALL-DECADE TEAM
Kallie Corbin, Liberty - All-American, Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, 2-time Big South Tournament MVP, 4-time All-Conference
Jennifer Hampton, Coastal Carolina - Rookie of the Year, 4-time All-Conference
Amanda Hill, Charleston Southern - Player of the Year, 4-time All-Conference
Mary Hock, Winthrop - All-American, Player of the Year, Tournament MVP, 3-time All-Conference
Raquel Miotto, UNC Asheville - 4-time All-Conference
Katie Sherwood, Radford - 2-time Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Tournament MVP, 3-time All-Conference
Shannon Sitzmann, Winthrop - Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, 4-time All-Conference
Taryn Surbaugh, Winthrop - Player of the Year, Big South Tournament MVP, 3-time All-Conference
Head Coach, School
Joel McCartney, Winthrop - 5 Championships (2002-03-04-05-06), 5 NCAA Tournaments, 2-time Coach of the Year, 74-10 Big South, 167-49 overall