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Corbin Named Big South Volleyball Freshman Of The Year; Black Included On All-Conference First-Team Roster

November 13, 2006  Charlotte, N.C.  RSS
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Autum Black was an all-conference first-team honoree.

Autum Black was an all-conference first-team honoree.

Liberty setter Kallie Corbin has been voted the Big South Conference Volleyball Freshman of the Year by the conference's coaches and sports information directors and middle blocker Autum Black earned a spot on the Big South All-Conference first-team roster, it was announced today. 

Winthrop, the conference's regular season champion, swept the other major Big South awards. Middle hitter Taryn Surbaugh was honored as the Big South Player of the Year, Joel McCartney garnered his second Coach of the Year award in three years and setter Emily Heckl received Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year recognition. 

Corbin (Beaverton, Ore.), who was also included on the Big South All-Conference second team and the All-Freshman Team, is the third Lady Flame to be named Freshman of the Year. Liberty Assistant Coach Jennifer (Belk) Vaden was Liberty's most recent Freshman of the Year, winning the award in 2001. Corbin earned the Big South Freshman of the Week award twice during the season and was the Player of the Week on another occasion. 

The freshman led the conference in aces per game (0.51), ranked seventh in assists per game (10.01) and ended up 10th in digs per game (3.61). She recorded four triple-doubles, leading the Big South in that category, and tied for third with 17 double-doubles. Her 52 aces are the most by a Liberty player since 1997. 

Corbin's selection to the All-Freshman Team makes it three-straight years that a Lady Flame has earned that honor. Lara Bartolomeo (Jr., S/DS, Huntington Beach, Calif.) was an All-Freshman Team member in 2004 and Kendall Nichols (So., OH, Hoover, Ala.) won that distinction a season ago. 

Black (Sr., Mingoville, Pa.), included on the Big South All-Academic Team for the second-consecutive season, is Liberty's first player to make the Big South All-Conference first team since Vaden in 2004. 

Black, who was one of four middle blockers included on the all-conference first-team list, ranked third in the Big South in both attack percentage (.262) and blocks per game (1.06). One of two seniors on the Liberty roster, she led the team in both categories and is one block away from going over the 100-block mark for the first time in her career. 

Corbin and Black have played integral roles in helping Liberty go 9-5 in Big South matches this season. The Lady Flames, the No. 3 seed in the Big South Volleyball Championship, open tournament play with a home match against No. 6 Coastal Carolina Tuesday at 7 p.m. 

2006 Big South Conference Volleyball Award Winners

First-team All-Conference
Taryn Surbaugh, MH, Winthrop
Elif Unlu, OH, UNC Asheville
Shannon Sitzmann, MH, Winthrop
Autum Black, MB, Liberty
Jamie Kaufman, OH, High Point
Jenni Sheperd, MB, Charleston Southern
Raquel Miotto, DS, UNC Asheville

Second-team All-Conference
Emily Heckl, S, Winthrop
Michelle Maciejewski, OH, Birmingham-Southern
Casey Demos, MB, Birmingham-Southern
Josie Hanners, S, Radford
Kallie Corbin, S, Liberty
Tori Grafeman, OH, Winthrop
Pohai Nu'uhiwa, DS, Winthrop

All-Freshman Team
Kallie Corbin, S, Liberty
Milica Stojanovic, S, Birmingham-Southern
Jill Nyhof, MB/OH, Coastal Carolina
Emily Stockman, OH, Winthrop
Sarah Harris, OH, Birmingham-Southern
Raquel Miotto, DS, UNC Asheville

Academic All-Conference
Andra Krautmanis, OH, Birmingham-Southern
Canan Erdogan, MB, Charleston Southern
Laura Obert, MB/RS, Coastal Carolina
Lauren Hatch, DS, High Point
Autum Black, MB, Liberty
Melinda Clelland, MB, Radford
Elif Unlu, OH, UNC Asheville
Emily Heckl, S, Winthrop

Player of the Year
Taryn Surbaugh, MH, Winthrop

Freshman of the Year
Kallie Corbin, S, Liberty

Coach of the Year
Joel McCartney, Winthrop

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Emily Heckl, S, Winthrop