Two Sooners Earn Big 12 Player Of The Year Honors

Tuesday, November 29th 2011, 4:11 pm
By: News 9

Two Oklahoma women's volleyball players have been honored by the conference as Sallie McLaurin has been named the Defensive Player of the Year while Carlee Roethlisberger picked up the Newcomer of the Year award.

"It's special for our seniors to be recognized," said Oklahoma head coach Santiago Restrepo. "They have great leadership. For Carlee to be named Newcomer of the Year is special since she's been with us just this one year. Sallie is very well deserving of Defensive Player of the Year. She's done a tremendous job of shutting down opponents. It's also great recognition for Tara, and we're excited to have her for another three years."

As a sophomore, McLaurin leads the league in blocks in overall matches (1.35) and in conference only contests with 1.43 per game. She also ranks seventh in hitting percentage with a mark of .331.

This season alone, McLaurin garnered two Defensive Player of the Week honors. In 2010 she was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year award winner.

Meanwhile, Roethlisberger joined the volleyball team after spending four years on the basketball court where she finished her hoops career tied for third in the Big 12 with 139 games played.

As a middle blocker for the Sooners, Roethlisberger finished her first season with 147 kills in 89 sets. The senior also hit .300 to end the regular season and averaged 2.13 points, 0.83 blocks and 0.27 digs per game.

Other Big 12 conference honors went to Iowa State's Kristen Hahn named the libero of the Year.

In addition, Oklahoma seniors Brianne Barker and Suzy Boulavsky earned All-Big 12 First Team honors, and Tara Dunn was selected unanimously to the All-Freshman team.

The Sooners will face Tulsa in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The two teams face off Friday, December 2 at 7 p.m. at the Galen Center in Los Angeles.