Kozon and Oladinni earn AVCA All-America

Fifth consecutive season that a Blue Raider has earned the award

December 15, 2010 · Athletic Communications

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - For the third time in school history, the Middle Tennessee volleyball team had multiple players earn AVCA All-America Honorable Mention honors, as announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Wednesday.

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Senior Izabela Kozon and junior Stacy Oladinni each took home the award, and at least one Middle Tennessee player has now earned the honors in five consecutive seasons.

"I'm so happy for Stacy and Izabela to receive recognition from the coaches of Division I," head coach Matt Peck said. "Both players had tremendous years for us. We had another banner season this year, and Izabela and Stacy were two of the main reasons for our success."

Kozon, winner of both the Sun Belt Player of the Year and Sun Belt Tournament Most Outstanding Player award, took home the accolade for the first time in her career.

"Izabela played all six rotations every single match of her career," Peck said. "This is a testament to her and her abilities. She is just a complete, all-around player."

Oladinni, who garnered Second Team All-Sun Belt and All-Sun Belt Tournament honors, earned Honorable Mention for the second straight season.

"Considering Stacy played a new position this year, it's amazing that she excelled there as well," Peck said. "It's nice to see her get recognized for the hard work that she does for our team, and I look forward to her returning next year."

Each athlete was named to the 14-player AVCA All-South Region Team last week.

Kozon is coming off one of the best individual seasons in Sun Belt history. She's just the third player since 2000 to earn the highest individual honors in both the regular season and tournament. Over the course of the year, Kozon also racked up five Sun Belt Player of the Week awards, tying a conference record. The senior led the league with 4.00 kills per set and chipped in 2.19 digs per set, which ranked second on the team. 

Oladinni, who is one of the most efficient attackers in program history, averaged 2.04 kills per set at a blistering .335 clip. She was also a force at the net, tallying 1.13 blocks per set, which ranked second in the Sun Belt, and helped lead a Blue Raider defense that ranked among the top 30 in the country in blocks per set for much of the season.

This year marks the first time since 2008 that Middle Tennessee has had multiple players earn AVCA All-America accolades.

Overall, a Blue Raider has been tabbed for the award on seven occasions, all coming under the direction of Peck.

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