Looker earned All-NSIC honors for the second time in her two seasons at UMC as she was named all-conference honorable mention as a freshman.
Minnesota, Crookston outside hitter Brittany Looker (So., Rochester, Minn.) earned All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Second Team honors as announced by the conference office Wednesday afternoon. Looker earned All-NSIC honors for the second time in her two seasons at UMC as she was named all-conference honorable mention as a freshman.
Looker has led the team in kills for the second season in a row with 203 for an average of 2.77 kills per set. She has also been among the nation's leaders this year for service aces with 33. The total is third in the NSIC. Looker is second on the team for digs with 255 for an average of 3.07 digs per set.
Looker was the only UMC player picked among the 34 all-conference honorees from the 16 NSIC member schools. Minnesota Duluth led all teams with six players on the first team. Southwest Minnesota State had five players on the first team and one on the second team.
Kate Lange, a 6-1 outside hitter from the University of Minnesota Duluth was selected as the NSIC Player of the Year. The 2011 AVCA First Team All-American racked up 313 of her 460 kills against NSIC competition, far and away the league's most prolific attacker behind an average of 4.97 kills per set. The Hibbing, Minn, native also scooped 175 digs (2.65 per set) and posted 41 total blocks against one of the most competitive conferences in the country.
Katy Ness of MSU Moorhead earned NSIC Libero of the Year honors after leading the league with an impressive 447 digs -- averaging 6.39 digs per set.
Emilee Gutzmer was named NSIC Freshman of the Year. Gutzmer has started at setter in all of SMSU's matches this season and is currently second in the NSIC and NCAA in assists per set average.
SMSU's Terry Culhane was named NSIC Coach of the Year after leading the Mustangs to a No. 1 ranking this season. SMSU currently boasts a 25-1 record thus far, breaking the record start of 13-2 that his squad previously set in 2008.