MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University volleyball freshman outside hitter Jordan Anderson
brought in multiple accolades today announced by the Big 12 Conference.
The Flower Mound, Texas native earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention recognition, was named to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team and deemed the conference’s Co-Rookie of the Week.
“It's such a big compliment for Jordan's play to be rewarded by the coaches in the Big 12 - one of the strongest volleyball conferences in the country,” says coach Jill Kramer. “The six starters that we returned from last year were very, very good teammates to Jordan and really helped her acclimate to the pace and tempo of the college game quickly, as well as the system we run.”
Anderson, who was one of only two freshmen to earn either first team or honorable mention accolades, totaled 394 kills this season in 100 sets for a 3.94 kills per set average, while chipping in 256 digs. She recorded 11 double-doubles in 30 matches to lead the Mountaineers.
“Jordan's competitiveness and fire, along with her volleyball prowess make her a very important part of our team. Probably one of the most impressive things about Jordan being honored is that she played three-quarters of our conference season in a cast that went half-way up her arm,” Kramer says. “She found a way to compete anyhow and was relentless in finding her way back on to the court after her injury.
“As one of the two freshman to make the All-Big 12 selection, and to be in the company of some of the best players in the country, I'm really happy to see her hard work pay off and am looking forward to her continued improvement.”
The weekly rookie honor was the third time this season Anderson received from the league, tying Texas’ Chiaka Ogbogu and Kansas’ Tayler Soucie for the most Rookie of the Week awards in 2013. The freshman had 27 kills and just two hitting errors in West Virginia’s two matches last week for a .286 hitting percentage. She added 13 digs, two serving aces and two blocks, while finishing the season second in the Big 12 in kills per set (3.94).
Texas’ Haley Eckerman was named the Player of the Year in the conference for the second straight season, Iowa State’s Kristen Hahn earned her third Libero of the Year honor and Kansas coach Ray Bechard claimed his second straight Coach of the Year recognition.
The Mountaineers (20-13, 5-11 Big 12) concluded their season with a sweep of Buffalo on Saturday, marking the first 20-win season since 1991.