MOORHEAD, Minn. (11/09/11)—Senior outside hitter Jenna Green was named the MIAC Player of the Year, head coach Tim Mosser was named MIAC Coach of the Year honors and three other senior Cobber players earned conference postseason honors it was announced on Wednesday.
Green, Katie Vohnoutka and Amy Sykora earned MIAC All-Conference honors and fellow senior Ashley Beseman was named as the team’s representative to the All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team.
Mosser and the four seniors helped Concordia to another banner season. The Cobbers tied for the MIAC regular-season championship – the second in program history. Concordia went 10-1 in league play and won nine straight MIAC matches to end the season. CC then went on to capture their fourth conference tournament championship by beating St. Ben’s and St. Thomas.
Mosser earns his third Coach of the Year award. He also won the award in 2006 and 1995. Mosser guided the Cobbers to 10 wins in MIAC play for the third time in his tenure. Concordia was ranked in the top 15 in the nation for the entire year and has been ranked in the top 10 of the country for seven of the past eight weeks. Mosser has now helped CC reach the conference playoffs for 11 straight seasons and he has a 146-62 record in his 19 seasons at Concordia.
Green becomes the third player in program history to earn MIAC Player of the Year honors. Becca Shane was named MIAC MVP honors in 2006 and Jessica Walden earned the award in 2004. Green also earns All-Conference honors for the third straight season and was also named the MIAC Rookie of the Year in 2008. During the season Green surpassed the 1,000-kill mark and the 1,000 career dig milestone to become the first player in program history to achieve 1000 kills and 1000 digs. She was named Hitter-of-the-Week three times in 2011. Green led the MIAC in kills in conference matches (4.11/set) and was tied for ninth in digs (4.14/set). She needs seven more kills to become the first player in program history to record 400 kills and 400 digs in a single season.
Like Green, Vohnoutka also earns MISAC All-Conference honors for the third straight season. Vohnoutka led the MIAC in hitting percentage (.379) in league matches and was ninth in kills (3.24/set) and third in blocks (1.22/set). Vohnoutka also surpassed the 1,000 kill mark during the season. She now has 1,159 career kills and is seventh on the school’s all-time kill list. She also has 287 career blocks and is No.10 on the school’s all-time block list.
Sykora earns All-Conference honors for the first time in her career. She is a four-year starter and has accumulated the third highest assist total in program history. Sykora was third in the MIAC in assists this season (9.81/set) and tied for ninth in service aces (0.41/set). She had at least 30 assists in seven of the 11 conference matches and had a season-high 49 assists against Bethel on Sept. 21. Sykora only needs 13 more assists to overtake Marsha Suko for second place on Concordia’s all-time assist list.
Beseman was the breakout player of the year for the Cobbers she has career-high numbers in kills, total attacks and hitting percentage. She routinely came up with clutch points in key conference matches and gave the Cobber a legitimate third threat at the net. She had at least four kills in eight of the 11 MIAC matches and had a season-high nine against St. Thomas on Sept. 28. Beseman also recorded at least five blocks in four league matches this year.