WICHITA, Kan. – Wichita State took home four of the top season awards in the American Athletic Conference for 2017. Head Coach Chris Lamb was named Coach of the Year, while Abbie Lehman was named Player of the Year and Emily Hiebert was named Setter of the Year. The team also earned the Team Academic Excellence Award after averaging the league’s highest cumulative grade-point average.
Lehman and Hiebert both earned first team all-conference honors along with teammates Mikaela Raudsepp and Tabitha Brown. Giorgia Civita was named to the second team.
Lehman is just the sixth player in school history to earn conference Player of the Year honors. She joins Sara Younes (2004), Sara Lungren (2006, 2007), Emily Stockman (2008), Ashley Andrade (2013) and Chelsey Feekin (2013).
Lamb, who is in his 18th season, earns Coach of the Year honors for the fifth time in his career. He was named Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008.
Lehman, a senior middle blocker from Newton, Kan., averaged 4.20 kills and 1.55 blocks per set, while hitting .541 in conference play. It is her fourth-straight first team all-conference selection and she joins Mary Elizabeth Hooper (2008-11) as the only Shocker players to be named first team all-conference four times.
Hiebert, a senior setter from Newton, Kan., averaged 12.11 assists, 1.58 kills, 2.28 digs and 0.89 blocks per set in 20 conference matches. It is her third-straight first team all-conference selection and her second-straight Setter of the Year award.
Raudsepp, a senior outside hitter from Dundee, Ore., averaged 2.91 kills, 1.85 digs and 0.51 blocks per set, while hitting .267 in conference play. It is her third-straight all-conference honor, but her first as a member of the first team. She earned second team honors in 2015 and 2016 in the MVC.
Brown, a junior outside hitter from Spring, Texas, averaged 3.23 kills, 1.52 digs and 0.57 blocks per set, while hitting .259 in American play. It is her second-straight all-conference honor after earning second team all-Valley honors in 2016.
Civita, a redshirt freshman libero from Milan, Italy, averaged 5.06 digs and 1.03 assists per set in 20 conference matches.2017 American Athletic Conference Awards
*Unanimous selectionTeam Academic Excellence AwardWichita StatePlayer of the YearAbbie Lehman, Wichita StateSetter of the YearEmily Hiebert, Wichita State*Coach of the YearChris Lamb, Wichita StateFreshman of the Year (true freshman only)
Shelby Martin, ECULibero of the Year
Taylor Horsfall, TulsaFirst Team All-Conference
Kia Bright, UCF*
Carly Nolan, Cincinnati*
Natalie Montini, ECU
Lauren Mills, SMU
Katie Hegarty, SMU
Izzy Rapacz, Temple*
Emily Thorson, Tulsa
Taylor Horsfall, TulsaAbbie Lehman, Wichita State*Emily Hiebert, Wichita State*Mikaela Raudsepp, Wichita StateTabitha Brown, Wichita StateSecond Team All-Conference
Erica Kostelac, Cincinnati
Shelby Martin, ECU
Kendall Patterson, SMU
Brittany Adams, SMU
Kyra Coundourides, Temple
Iva Deak, Temple
Dana Westfield, TempleGiorgia Civita, Wichita State