Dynamic Duo Honored
Nov. 17, 2004
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - UNLV had two players receive recognition for their strong seasons Wednesday night, as the Mountain West Conference announced its All-MWC team and individual awards. The league's eight coaches voted on the awards.
Rebel senior setter Nicki King, who holds UNLV's all-time assist record with 4,157, was named to the All-MWC team for the first time in her career. King averaged 11.57 assists per game this season, which was fourth in the conference. Her nine double-doubles tied for the UNLV lead this season and King's 30 career double-doubles are the fifth most in MWC history.
Freshman outside hitter Maria Aladjova earned a share of the MWC Freshman of the Year award after ranking third in the league in kills per game with 3.73. She shared the award with Rachel Smith of Wyoming. Aladjova started her UNLV career by reaching double-figures in kills in 18 of UNLV's first 19 matches and her 328 kills this season is the ninth-highest single-season total in UNLV history.
King and Aladjova helped lead the Rebels (14-11) to their first winning season since 1998. The Rebels finished fourth in the MWC with an 8-6 record, breaking the team record for MWC wins in a season.
Melissa Courtney of Colorado State was named the MVP of the league and Utah head coach Beth Launiere earned her first career Coach of the Year honor.
King was joined on the All-MWC team by Lindsy Hartsock, Lindsey Metcalf, Lauren Richards and Kim Wilson of BYU, Katie Jo Cahoon, Dre Downs, Bri Frech and Tess Rogers of Colorado State and Lyndsey Henderson, Kelsie Kartchner and Shelly Sommerfeldt of Utah. The designated libero award went to Connie Dangerfield of Utah and Courtney claimed setter honors. Courtney, Sommerfeldt, Rogers, Cahoon and Richards were all repeat selections.
UNLV opens the MWC Tournament on Thursday against Wyoming at 12:30 (PST) in Fort Collins, Colo.