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Corbin, Pinder Win VaSID State Awards

December 18, 2008
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Kallie Corbin (Virginia Player of the Year) and Shane Pinder (Virginia Coach of the Year) captured two of the three major awards handed out by the Virginia Sports Information Directors on Thursday.

Kallie Corbin (Virginia Player of the Year) and Shane Pinder (Virginia Coach of the Year) captured two of the three major awards handed out by the Virginia Sports Information Directors on Thursday.

Liberty Head Volleyball Coach Shane Pinder and junior setter Kallie Corbin highlighted the Lady Flames' honorees on the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) University Division Volleyball All-State teams. Pinder repeated as VaSID State Coach of the Year, while Corbin was tabbed as Liberty's first-ever State Player of the Year.

Liberty was the only Commonwealth squad to place three players on the all-state teams, as Corbin (Beaverton, Ore.) and Chelaine McCarty (Jr., MB, Houston, Ala.) were both first-team selections and Nicki Scripko (So., RS/OH, Fayetteville, N.C.) earned a berth on the second team. All three players were also all-state performers in 2007.

Pinder, who has now captured back-to-back VaSID State Coach of the Year awards, led the Lady Flames to their second straight Big South title and second consecutive NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship appearance. Liberty, the only Commonwealth team to participate in the NCAA Tournament, took a set from No. 4 national seed Nebraska, which plays tonight in the national semifinals. Pinder's Lady Flames have recorded a 52-18 record over the past two seasons, marking the team's best two-year stretch since Liberty joined the Division I ranks in 1988.

Corbin has earned VaSID recognition all three years of her brilliant collegiate career. As a freshman in 2006, Corbin became the Lady Flames' first-ever VaSID State Rookie of the Year and made the second-team all-state roster. The setter has now become Liberty's first VaSID State Player of the Year and is the first Lady Flame to earn back-to-back first-team all-state recognitions.

Corbin, the team leader in both assists (1,144) and service aces (45), is also Liberty's first AVCA Division I honorable mention All-American and was included on the AVCA All-East Region team. The Oregon native was additionally the first setter to be recognized as Big South Player of the Year since 1995 and earned her second straight Big South Tournament MVP trophy.

McCarty is a first-team VaSID all-state honoree for the first time, after making the second team in 2007. The conference leader with a .353 attack percentage, McCarty was also an AVCA honorable mention All-East Region performer and a second-team All-Big South pick. The junior ranked second on the Lady Flames in both kills (322) and blocks (86) and made the all-tournament team at all four of Liberty's season-opening tournaments.

Scripko, a second-team VaSID all-state performer, had been tabbed to the first team as a freshman. The sophomore, who split time between right-side hitter and outside hitter, earned second-team All-Big South recognition. Despite missing three matches due to injury, Scripko led the Lady Flames with 367 kills on the season. The sophomore was named Big South Player of the Week on Sept. 29 and finished the year listed fourth in the conference in service aces and fifth in kills.

For the second season in a row, the VaSID State Rookie of the Year hails from Virginia Tech. Hokie setter Erin Leaser was voted as the Commonwealth's top freshman, following teammate Felicia Willoughby's selection in 2007.

2008 VaSID University Division Volleyball All-State Teams

First Team
Kallie Corbin, Liberty
Lauren Dickson, Virginia
Chelaine McCarty, Liberty
Kim Mount, William & Mary
Erin Skipper, William & Mary
Felicia Willoughby, Virginia Tech

Second Team
Shannon Davis, Virginia
Alyssa Jackson, Hampton
Erin Leaser, Virginia Tech
Lauren Miles, James Madison
Ivana Rich, VCU
Nicki Scripko, Liberty
Rebecca Walter, George Mason

Player of the Year
Kallie Corbin, Liberty

Coach of the Year
Shane Pinder, Liberty

Rookie of the Year

Erin Leaser, Virginia Tech