Nov. 20, 2003
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Karlyn Daly highlighted three Tulane University volleyball players to earn 2003 Conference USA volleyball awards as the senior libero was named Defensive Player of the Year and earned a spot the C-USA first team, the league announced Thursday.
Daly is joined on the first team by junior middle blocker Deva Fowler, marking the first time Tulane has ever put two players on the C-USA first team. In addition, junior outside hitter Anastasia Kenon was named to the all-league second-team, designating the first time three Green Wave players earned All-Conference USA recognition in the same season.
"This is such a well-deserved honor for all three of these players," head coach Betsy Becker said. "Deva and Anastasia have put up big numbers for us, and Karlyn has been nothing short of outstanding. But our team is a true team, and we all realize that none of these individual honors would be possible without the help of everyone else on the court.
"Karlyn is like the straw that stirs the drink on our team. With her passing and digging ability, she creates so many opportunities for our offensive players. She's such a hard worker, had to fight through some injuries during her time here at Tulane, and I think earning the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year award is sort of like an exclamation point to a great career."
Daly earned the league's highest defensive honor after ranking second in the conference with 4.47 digs per game and helping the Green Wave pace C-USA with 17.95 digs per outing. Her 465 digs in 2003 are a Tulane single-season record, besting the mark of 464 set by Britney Hurst in 2002, and her 1,337 career digs eclipses the former record of 1,254 set by Kim Sentmore from 1997-2000.
She posted double-digit dig totals in 27 of the 29 matches she has appeared in, including seven contest with at least 20. Daly tied a school four-game record with 27 digs against Marquette on Oct. 17, and set a new mark three weeks later at Southern Miss with a career-best 31 on Nov. 8, which is the second-highest dig total in Tulane history (all games). Daly is also a standout in the classroom where she was named to the 2003 COSIDA Academic All-America District VI first team.
Fowler, meanwhile, leads Tulane and Conference USA while ranking 18th in the NCAA with 1.47 blocks per game. She also leads the team in kills (416)and kills per game (3.82), and is the only player in C-USA to rank in the Top 10 in attack percentage, blocks and points with averages of .305 (ninth), 1.47 (first) and 5.03 (sixth), respectively.
She has tallied double-digit kill totals in 24 of Tulane's 30 regular-season matches with four 20-plus kill outings, including a career-high 21 against USF on Oct. 11 and Marquette on Oct. 17. Fowler posted at least five blocks on 18 occasions, including 10 stuffs at Denver on Sept. 13 while tying a career-high with 11 blocks against Marquette Oct. 17 and at Cincinnati Oct. 26.
Kenon, who was named second-team All-Conference USA and All-Freshman recognition back in 2001, picked up her second all-league honors after ranking second on the team in both kills (3.66) and digs (3.48) while ranking fifth in Conference USA in digs per game. Those numbers jump in league play with averages of 3.76 digs and a team-best 3.98 kills. For the season, Kenon has 15 double-doubles (kills/digs) - nine of which have come against C-USA opponents - 20 double-digit kill outings and 21 10-plus dig performances.
Daly, Fowler, Kenon and the rest of the Green Wave squad return to action on Friday, Nov. 21 when they open play in the 2003 C-USA Tournament at 6 p.m. against 12th seeded Saint Louis in Fogelman Arena. For tournament ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at 504-861-WAVE.
2003 Conference USA Volleyball Awards First Team Karlyn Daly L Tulane Julie DuPont OH Cincinnati Deva Fowler MB Tulane Laura Lauder S Cincinnati Shameka Mitchell MB USF Sonja Percan OH Louisville Lena Ustemenko OH/MB Louisville
Second Team Brittany Barnett OH Memphis Andrea Bush OH Southern Miss Theresa Coughlin OH Marquette Loure Dewes MB Houston Jaci Gonzalez L Houston Bridget Files MB Southern Miss Anastasia Kenon OH Tulane
Third Team Lindsey Garrison L Cincinnati Tiara Gilkey OH Memphis Rachel Torblaa MB Cincinnati Bing Sun OH Louisville Martina Sheilds OH UAB Dominika Szabo OH TCU Heather Watts S Memphis
All-Freshman Team Jamie Bevan MB East Carolina Myanna Hellsten MB Cincinnati Bilun Gunal S UAB Kelly McAnelly OH Houston Anna Vaughn MB TCU Anastasia Yartseva OH/MB Louisville
Player of the Year: Julie DuPont, Cincinnati Setter of the Year: Laura Lauder, Cincinnati Defensive Player of the Year: Karlyn Daly, Tulane Freshman of the Year: Myanna Hellsten, Cincinnati Coach of the Year: Santiago Restropo, Southern Miss