Monday, November 30, 2015

Volleyball: Marion Hazelwood Named All-Big 12 First Team

Middle blocker Marion Hazelwood was selected to the All-Big 12 First Team by the league’s volleyball coaches on Monday afternoon. A sophomore from Beach City, Texas, Hazelwood was a unanimous selection and the lone selection for the University of Oklahoma volleyball team and the first sophomore from OU to earn First Team honors in program history.

“Marion continues to make major improvements with her attacking and her blocking,” stated head coach Santiago Restrepo. “She hit for a very high hitting percentage this season and that’s a tribute to her hard work and dedication. We can’t wait to see her for a two more years of action and what she can bring to the table.”

In 2014, Hazelwood was named to the All-Big 12 Freshman Team as well as AVCA All-Southwest First Team, AVCA All-Southwest Rookie of the Year and AVCA All-America Honorable Mention.

This season, Hazelwood was dominant on both sides of the net; particularly during conference play. Overall, she averaged 2.21 kills and 1.09 blocks per sets, while hitting a team-best .348. Against Big 12 opponents, her numbers were up to 2.61 kills and 1.17 blocks per set as she hit an impressive .387. Hazelwood’s 2015 hitting percentage ranks third all-time at OU in the 25-point, rally-scoring era (2008-present) and 10th overall.

Hazelwood started all 28 matches for the Sooners and played in all 108 sets on the season. She matched her career-high with 15 kills and marked a new career-high in blocks with 11 at Kansas State (11/15). She reached double-digits in kills on seven occasions and hit .300 or better in 18 matches, including 13 of 16 conference matches.

Through two seasons, Hazelwood has totaled 490 career kills and 222 blocks.

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