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Scripko Receives AVCA All-Region Recognition

December 5, 2007  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Nicki Scripko, shown here accepting the Big South Freshman of the Year award, was one of nine freshmen nationally who garnered all-region accolades from the AVCA.

Nicki Scripko, shown here accepting the Big South Freshman of the Year award, was one of nine freshmen nationally who garnered all-region accolades from the AVCA.

Liberty right-side hitter Nicki Scripko was one of nine freshmen in the nation to receive all-region recognition, the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced today. Scripko was an honorable mention All-East Region selection.

Scripko (Fayetteville, N.C.), the only Big South Conference player to be honored by the AVCA, becomes the third Liberty player ever to garner an AVCA award at the NCAA Division I level. Theresa Bream was named to the All-South Region second team in 1990 and Anthonia Akpama was a first-team All-District 3 honoree in 1999. Both Bream and Akpama were seniors when they were recognized.

The right-side hitter was one of two East Region freshmen honored by the AVCA. Joining Scripko on the honorable mention list was Virginia Tech middle blocker Felicia Willoughby, the ACC Rookie of the Year. Willoughby earned the nod over Scripko for AVCA East Region Freshman of the Year.

Scripko was previously named Big South Freshman of the Year, one of a number of times she was recognized by the conference this past season. The North Carolina native was a first-team All-Big South honoree and was selected to the all-tournament team, as the Lady Flames captured their first Big South Championship since 2001.

A member of the Big South All-Freshman team, Scripko won four-straight Big South Freshman of the Week awards during October, a month which saw the Lady Flames fashion 10-consecutive 3-0 sweeps. Scripko came into her own during the heart of Liberty's Big South Conference schedule, and ranked second in the conference in both attack percentage (.343) and kills per game (4.26) in conference-only matches.

For the season, Scripko finished second on the Lady Flames' roster in attack percentage (.302), kills (393) and assists (83). Her attack percentage was the fourth-highest in program history under the rally-scoring format and her kill total was the most by a Liberty rookie since assistant coach Jennifer (Belk) Vaden put down 444 kills in 2001.

Scripko paced the Lady Flames with 18 kills in their 3-1, season-ending setback versus No. 10 national seed California in the opening round of the NCAA Division I Volleyball Tournament. The match marked the first time Liberty has taken a game in a NCAA Tournament tilt and closed out the Lady Flames' campaign at 27-9. The 27 victories set a new program record at the NCAA Division I level.

2007 AVCA All-East Region Team
Stephanie Barry, Delaware, DS/Libero, So.
Jade Brown, Maryland, OH, Sr.
Carrie DeMange, Duke, MB, Sr.
Didem Ege, Clemson, DS/Libero, So.
Ali Hausfeld, Duke, S, Sr.
Danielle Hepburn, Clemson, MB, Jr.
Talisa Kellogg, Georgia Tech, OH, Jr.
Sarah Kirkwood, Virginia, OH, Sr.
Rachael Moss, Duke, OH, So.
Kelsey Murphy, Clemson, S, So.
Ulrike Stegemann, Georgia Tech, RS/Opp., Sr.
Meghan Steiner, Clemson, MB, Sr.

Region Freshman of the Year: Felicia Willoughby, Virginia Tech, MB

Honorable Mention
Jeannette Abbott, Clemson, OH, Jr.
Leslie Mansfield, Clemson, RS/Opp., Sr.
Nicki Scripko, Liberty, RS/Opp., Fr.
Jenny Shull, Duke, DS/Lib., Sr.
Colleen Walsh, Delaware, OH, Sr.
Felicia Willoughby, Virginia Tech, MB, Fr.