Eckerman Named Big 12 Player of the Year, Again


As if going 16-0 in conference play and winning the Big 12 title were not enough for Texas Volleyball’s Haley Eckerman, for the second straight year, the junior outside hitter was named the Big 12 Player of the Year.

Eckerman is only the fourth player to earn back-to-back Player of the Year honors and did so by leading the conference in kills and in points. She also ranked second in service aces and 10th in hitting percentage in conference-only match-ups.

Probably a foreshadow of the greatness to come, Eckerman was named Freshman of the Year back in 2011 and since then has earned 15 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors, including three this season.

Following in Eckerman’s footsteps, freshman middle blocker Chiaka Ogbogu was named Freshman of the Year, ranking second in the league for hitting percentage in Big 12 games. To add to the accolades, Texas landed five players on the 2013 All-Big 12 First Team, including Eckerman, the most of any school.

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