Siena's Burgandy McCurty Headlines 2008 All-MAAC Volleyball Team

Courtesy:  MAAC Sports
Release:  November 22, 2008
Siena's Burgandy McCurty
Siena's Burgandy McCurty
Courtesy: MAAC Sports

Edison, NJ Siena College’s Burgandy McCurty has been named the 2008 MAAC Offensive Player of the Year by the league’s head coaches.

McCurty, a junior who has now won back-to-back Offensive Player of the Year awards, led the league with 4.61 kills per game and a .361 hitting percentage. She was selected as the Offensive Player of the Week seven times this season and was named the ECAC Player of the Week on two occasions.

Iona College sophomore Allison Nieters was selected as the MAAC Defensive Player of the Year for the second season in a row. Nieters led the MAAC, and is currently third in the nation, with an average of 5.96 digs per game. She surpassed the Iona program record for career digs this year and has a current tally of 1,534. Nieters was an eight time MAAC Defensive Player of the Week selection. She was also named the 2008 MAAC Libero of the Year.

Siena senior April London was named the MAAC Setter of the Year. She finished second in the conference with 10.14 assists per set and finished fourth in service aces (0.35). London was named to the 2008 Preseason All-MAAC Team.

Iona’s Rachelle Wilson and Niagara University’s Michelle James were named MAAC Co-Rookies of the Year. Wilson was fourth in the league with a .286 hitting percentage and was third in blocks with 1.05 per set. She was named Offensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week this season. James finished third in the league with 9.99 assists per game and was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week three times.

The All-MAAC First Team consisted of McCurty, Nieters, and London, Fairfield University’s Katie Mann, Iona’s Sarah Wiener, and Manhattan College’s Sherryta Stokes. Canisius College’s Morgan Ammons and Michelle Godfrey, Fairfield’s Karlie Urbaniak and Alex Lopez, Marist College’s Joanna Foss and Alexandra Schultze, and Siena’s Kelly Hummel made up the All-MAAC Second Team.

Canisius College head coach Cathy Hummel was selected as the 2008 Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year. Hummel led the Golden Griffins to a 12-6 record in the MAAC and an overall mark of 17-10. It is only the fourth time in program history the team has finished in the top three in the league standings and it is the first time since 1993 that Canisius has qualified for the four team MAAC Championship.


2008 MAAC Volleyball Awards

MAAC Offensive Player of the Year
Burgandy McCurty, Siena

MAAC Defensive Player of the Year
Allison Nieters, Iona

MAAC Setter of the Year
April London, Siena

MAAC Libero of the Year
Allison Nieters, Iona

MAAC Co-Rookies of the Year
Rachelle Wilson, Iona
Michelle James, Niagara

Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year
Cathy Hummel, Canisius

All-MAAC First Team
Katie Mann, Fairfield
Allison Nieters, Iona
Sarah Wiener, Iona
Sherryta Stokes, Manhattan
April London, Siena
Burgandy McCurty, Siena

All-MAAC Second Team
Morgan Ammons, Canisius
Michelle Godfrey, Canisius
Alex Lopez, Fairfield
Karlie Urbaniak, Fairfield
Joanna Foss, Marist
Alexandra Schultze, Marist
Kelly Hummel, Siena


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