Five University of Northern Colorado players Tuesday received league recognition for their efforts this season.
Junior Syd Cole received the Big Sky Most Valuable Player Award and an All-Big Sky First Team nod for her role as a setter. She received the MVP award along with Daisy Schultz (2019) and Kelley Arnold (2011).
Cole had 1,154 assists during the regular season, averaging 11.20 assists per set. That led the conference and ranked No. 10 in the NCAA.
She also recorded Big Sky’s top setting stats in three-, four- and five-set matches that season.
Parker’s junior recorded 70 assists in Northern Arizona. That’s just two fewer assists than Schultz’s single-game record and 10 more than the next-best performance this season.
Cole is ranked No. 6 in UNC Division I history with 1,803 assists. She has two years left of eligibility due to the COVID extension.
Michaela Boon shared Portland State’s Co-Libero of the Year award with Ellie Snook. She is the second player to receive this award after Amana Arterburn in 2010 and 2011.
Boon snagged a spot on the second team in the all-conference.
A Nebraska native, Boon has been recognized with two Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week awards this season. The senior is ranked No. 6 in Big Sky with 3.94 digs per set and 406 overall. She is expected to have one more season.
Seniors Rachel Hickman and Makenzie Harris and graduate student Kailey Jo Ince also earned a spot on the first team.
Ince ranked #2 in Big Sky with 3.51 kills per set and is ranked #2 in Northern Colorado Division I history with 1,404 kills. She is two games away from tying the program record for most appearances. Ince also recorded 11 double-doubles. The fifth grader was named Offensive Player of the Week twice.
This was the third time in her career that Ince had received the first-team honors.
Hickman ranks 9th in hitting percentage at .316 and 4th in program history with a career attacking percentage of .305. She contributed 2.76 kills per set and added 63 blocks, second on the team.
Hickman is a Kansas native who was a sophomore named Big Sky’s Newcomer of the Year. Last year she was called up to the second team. After the 2021 tournament, Hickman also received All-Tournament honors.
Finally, Harris made her All-Big-Sky debut this season — despite being named the 2021 tournament MVP — and ranked #4 in kills per set. The Eaton native had an average of 3.31.
Harris recorded eight double-doubles in the regular season and contributed 10 or more kills in 17 games. She twice posted a season-high 19 kills.
All awards were voted on by Big Sky’s head coaches. They were not allowed to vote for their own players.
No. 1 UNC begins the conference tournament Wednesday at 10am in Ogden. The Bears meet No. 8 in the state of Idaho.