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Corbin Named Big South VB Player of the Year

November 20, 2008  Asheville, N.C.  RSS
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Kallie Corbin is the fourth Lady Flame ever to be named Big South Volleyball Player of the Year.

Kallie Corbin is the fourth Lady Flame ever to be named Big South Volleyball Player of the Year.

Liberty junior setter Kallie Corbin has been named the 2008 Big South Conference Volleyball Player of the Year. She was one of four Lady Flames to receive honors at tonight's Big South Volleyball Awards Banquet at the Double Tree Biltmore Hotel in Asheville, N.C.

Corbin (Beaverton, Ore.) is the fourth Lady Flame in program history to be tabbed Big South Player of the Year. The other Liberty honorees included Kelly Haseman (Fr., L/DS, Three Rivers, Mich.), Chelaine McCarty (Jr., MB, Houston, Ala.) and Nicki Scripko (So., OH/RS, Fayetteville, N.C.).

Haseman gave the Lady Flames a representative on the Big South All-Freshman team for the fifth straight season. Meanwhile, McCarty and Scripko both made the second-team All-Big South roster, while McCarty was additionally included on the Big South All-Academic team.

The evening's other major award winners included Coach of the Year Chad Esposito of High Point, Freshman of the Year Laura Wilcox of Gardner-Webb and Scholar-Athlete of the Year Jill Nyhof of Coastal Carolina.

Corbin became the first setter to capture the Big South Player of the Year distinction since UNC Greensboro's Liz Gremillion in 1995. She also joins Kyrie Dorn (1998), Anthonia Akpama (1999) and Erin McKeown (2003) as the only Lady Flames to earn the conference player of the year award. In addition, Corbin was included on the first-team All-Big South squad for the second season in a row, becoming the fifth player in program history to make consecutive first-team all-conference appearances.

Corbin currently ranks second in the Big South with 1,000 assists and sits third in the conference with 39 service aces. Earlier this season, she became the first Liberty setter ever to reach the 3,500-assist and 1,000-dig plateaus during her career. Corbin was named the Big South Player of the Week on Oct. 27 and was recognized as a Top Performer by on Nov. 18.

Haseman, who has tallied the second-most digs of any Big South freshman (268), has played some of her best volleyball to close out the regular season. The Michigan native has notched double-digit digs in each of her last five matches, including a career-high 22 at High Point on Nov. 11. She is the Lady Flames' second libero to make the Big South All-Freshman team, joining Lara Bartolmeo, who was included on the 2004 squad.

McCarty, who has been one of Liberty's most consistent offensive threats during her two seasons with the Lady Flames, paces the Big South with a .343 attack percentage. A second-team All-Big South honoree for the second consecutive year, she also ranks fifth in the conference with 0.88 blocks per set in conference-only matches. The junior made four all-tournament teams during the opening month of the season and received the Big South Player of the Week honor on Oct. 13.

Also a standout in the classroom, McCarty is a psychology major with a 3.82 GPA. She was a member of the 2007-08 Big South Presidential Honor Roll and was tabbed Liberty's Women's Student-Athlete of the Month in October.

Despite being sidelined with injury for three matches, Scripko ranks fourth in the conference in both kills (325) and service aces (33). The 2007 Big South Freshman of the Year earned her first career Big South Player of the Week certificate on Sept. 29. Two of her best individual performances came against co-Big South regular-season champion High Point. Scripko posted career-high totals in both kills (26) and aces (5) during the Lady Flames' first meeting with the Panthers and fell just one assist shy of her first career triple-double, when Liberty won at High Point on Nov. 11.

The top-seeded Lady Flames will play No. 8-seeded Gardner-Webb Friday at 5 p.m. in the first round of the 2008 Big South Volleyball Championship. The entire three-day tournament will be played at the Justice Center in Asheville, N.C.

2008 Big South Conference Volleyball Award Winners

First Team All-Conference
Kallie Corbin, Liberty

Chelsy Kimes, Coastal Carolina
Shannon Sitzmann, Winthrop
Kristina Taylor, High Point
Kelsey Benorden, UNC Asheville
Amanda Hill, Charleston Southern
Raquel Miotto, UNC Asheville

Second Team All-Conference
Chelaine McCarty, Liberty

Audie Gonzalez, High Point
Nicki Scripko, Liberty
Amanda Kettles, Presbyterian
Laura Wilcox, Gardner-Webb
Kelly Taylor, Winthrop
Brett Starbuck, Coastal Carolina

All-Freshman Team
Laura Wilcox, Gardner-Webb
Cindi Miller, UNC Asheville
Megan McWhorter, Radford
Janice Rivera, Winthrop
Kelly Haseman, Liberty
Crissy Skokan, Charleston Southern
Kelsie Mauck, Coastal Carolina

All-Academic Team
Jill Nyhof, Coastal Carolina
Nichole Diller, Charleston Southern
Chelaine McCarty, Liberty
Melinda Clelland, Radford
Kaitlyn McDaniel, UNC Asheville
Bethany Martin, Gardner-Webb
Kristina Taylor, High Point
Shannon Sitzmann, Winthrop
Rachel Lewis, Presbyterian

Player of the Year
Kallie Corbin, Liberty

Freshman of the Year
Laura Wilcox, Gardner-Webb

Coach of the Year
Chad Esposito, High Point

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Jill Nyhof, Coastal Carolina