Thursday, August 9, 2012

Sooners Selected for Preseason All-Big 12

NORMAN, Okla. – A pair of Oklahoma volleyball players, in junior Sallie McLaurin (Midwest City, Okla.) and sophomore Tara Dunn (Poth, Texas), were selected to the Preseason All-Big 12 team as announced by the conference office, Tuesday afternoon. The awards were chosen by league coaches who were not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes.

Texas totaled three preseason team selections and swept the preseason individual honors as Bailey Webster and Molly McCage were named Preseason Player and Freshman of the Year, respectively. Both Iowa State and Kansas State join Texas as each team had three 2012 Preseason All-Big 12 Team selections.

In a class-by-class breakdown, five seniors, seven juniors and three sophomores earned preseason honors.

The 2012 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and AVCA All-America honorable mention, McLaurin, led the conference in blocks on the year, averaging 1.35 per set. During the regular season, the 6’2” middle blocker recorded 25 solo blocks and 132 blocks assists during the regular season.



McLaurin was one of seven members unanimously selected to the 2012 Preseason Big 12 Team as she joins the likes of Bailey Webster (Texas), Torrie Campbell (Baylor), Alison Landwehr (Iowa State), Caroline Jarmoc (Kansas), Kaitlynn Pelger (Kansas State) and Haley Eckerman (Texas).

Dunn, a two-time Big 12 Rookie of the Week and member of the All-Conference freshman team picks up the first preseason accolade of her career in the Crimson and Cream. The 6-2 outside hitter notched eight double-double performances throughout her rookie campaign, and sat second on the team with 2.87 kills per set.

Oklahoma begins the 2012 campaign when it plays host to the 2012 Nike Invitational, featuring Missouri State, Western Michigan and Tulsa, August 24-25 at McCasland Field House. The Sooners were picked to finish fourth in the Big 12 this season, the conference announced Wednesday afternoon.

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2012 PRESEASON AWARDS
Preseason Player of the Year:
 Bailey Webster, Texas, OH, 6-2, Jr., Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls
Preseason Freshman of the Year: Molly McCage, Texas, MB, 6-3, Fr., Spring, Texas/Klein Collins
2012 PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12 TEAM
Name, School
Pos.
Ht.
Cl.
Hometown/Previous School
Torri Campbell, Baylor^
MB
6-2
Sr.
Amarillo, Texas/Amarillo
Kristen Hahn, Iowa State
DS/L
5-6
Jr.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy
Alison Landwehr, Iowa State^
S
6-0
Sr.
St. Louis, Mo./Parkway West
Jamie Straube, Iowa State
MB
6-2
Sr.
Tecumseh, Neb./Johnson County Central
Caroline Jarmoc, Kansas^
MB
6-2
RJr.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada/Springbank Community
Caitlyn Donahue, Kansas State
S
5-9
Sr.
Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley West
Kaitlynn Pelger, Kansas State^
MB
6-2
Jr.
Olathe, Kan./Olathe South
Lilla Porubek, Kansas State
OH
6-1
Jr.
Budapest, Hungary
Tara Dunn, Oklahoma
OH
6-2
So.
Poth, Texas/Poth
Sallie McLaurin, Oklahoma^
MB
6-2
Jr.
Midwest City, Okla./Carl Albert
Yvonne Igodan, TCU
MB
6-2
Jr.
Houston, Texas/Hightower
Khat Bell, Texas
MB/OH
6-1
So.
Mesquite, Texas/North Mesquite
Haley Eckerman, Texas^
OH
6-3
So.
Waterloo, Iowa/East
Bailey Webster, Texas^
OH
6-3
Jr.
Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls
Miara Cave, Texas Tech
OH
5-11
Sr.
San Antonio, Texas/Roosevelt
^Unanimous Selection
Ties in voting created a 15-member team


2012 BIG 12 VOLLEYBALL PRESEASON POLL
Rank
Team (First-place votes)
Points
1.
Texas (8)
64
2.
Iowa State (1)
54
3.
Kansas State
53
4.
Oklahoma
40
5.
Baylor
36
6.
Kansas
30
7.
TCU
22
8.
Texas Tech
17
9.
West Virginia
8

Coaches are not permitted to vote for their own team

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