Three Lady Cougars Named NCCAA Volleyball
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (12-29-2009) - Three
members of the Mount Vernon Nazarene
University women’s volleyball team were
recently named to the National Christian
College Athletic Association All-American
Teams after helping lead the Lady Cougars to
an NCCAA national runner-up finish.
Jackie Albrecht, a junior middle hitter
from Lexington, Ohio, highlighted the list
for MVNU as she was named the NCCAA National
Player of the Year and selected to the NCCAA
All-American First Team for the second
straight year. The former Mansfield
Christian High School standout led the Lady
Cougars with 635 kills - the ninth highest
single-season total in school history.
Albrecht also posted 638 digs, 56 aces, and
95 blocks this year. For her career, she now
ranks eighth in school history with 1,677
kills and ninth with 1,612 digs.
As part of being selected as the NCCAA
National Player of the Year, Albrecht was
flown to the annual American Volleyball
Coaches Association convention in Tampa,
Fla., on December 11-13 where she was
recognized during the NCAA Division I Final
Four with the National Players of the Year
from all the other divisions. This was the
first year that the NCCAA award recipient
was included in the recognition.
Kaylin Austen, a senior setter from
Shelby, Ohio, was named to the NCCAA
All-American Second Team for the second time
in her career. The former Shelby High School
product led MVNU with 1,685 assists to go
with 45 blocks, 49 aces, 59 kills, and 439
digs. For her career, Austen finished with
5,743 assists - the most in school history.
She also ranks 17th in school history with
1,257 digs - more than any other setter.
Courtney Springer, a senior right-side
hitter from Van Wert, Ohio, was also named
to the NCCAA All-American Second Team for
the third straight year. The former
Crestview High School star compiled 23 aces,
69 blocks, 88 assists, 344 kills, and 472
digs this season. Springer ranks ninth in
school history with 1,539 career kills and
seventh with 1,752 career digs.
MVNU finished the 2009 season with a
37-10 overall record and a 10-2 American
Mideast Conference mark.