Volleyball's Abbie Fleener Earns All-BIG EAST Honors
Fleener was voted DePaul volleyball's second all-conference performer on Wednesday.

Nov. 27, 2013

CHICAGO – Abbie Fleener became the second-ever DePaul volleyball player to be awarded All-BIG EAST honors on Wednesday, as the sophomore right side was named to the conference’s second team.

The winners were chosen by a vote of the league’s head coaches who were not permitted to vote for their own players.

A Grand Rapids, Mich.-native, Fleener was DePaul’s second-leading attacker with 333 kills in 2013. She ranked inside the top-10 in the BIG EAST with 3.06 kills per set and hit .283 while leading DePaul in kills in 10 different matches.

She nearly doubled her kill total from a year ago (159 in 2012, 333 in 2013) and was named the program’s second-ever BIG EAST Player of the Week on September 23. Additionally, Fleener earned a BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll spot on October 7 and was named to all-tournament teams at The Citadel Invitational and SIUE Cougar Invitational.

One of only three players to reach the 20-kill mark for DePaul in 2013, she recorded career-high 24 kills on November 11 versus Seton Hall. That number was the sixth-best kill total in the conference this season. Against Creighton and its highly-regarded block, Fleener put together another huge match with 20 kills and a career-best .514 attack percentage.

The conference award marks the second for DePaul after Vesela Zapryanova received second team honors following the 2012 season.

DePaul won its most matches (16) since the 2001 season this past year and will return seven underclassmen, including Fleener, to next year’s roster.

2013 BIG EAST Volleyball Awards



BIG EAST Player of the Year
Elizabeth Koberstein, Marquette

BIG EAST Freshman of the Year
Autumn Bailey, Marquette

BIG EAST Libero of the Year
Alyssa Warren, Seton Hall

BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year

All-BIG EAST First Team
Belle Obert, OH, Butler
Erica Stahl, MB, Butler
Kelli Browning, MB, Creighton
Leah McNary, OH, Creighton
Autumn Bailey, OH, Marquette
Elizabeth Koberstein, S, Marquette
Meghan Niemann, MB, Marquette
Karin Palgutova, OH, St. John’s
Alyssa Warren, L, Seton Hall
Abbey Bessler, OH, Xavier
Alex Smith, MB, Xavier
Aubree Smith, S, Xavier

All-BIG EAST Second Team
Morgan Peterson, S, Butler
Michelle Sicner, S, Creighton
Abbie Fleener, RS, DePaul
Danielle White, MB, Georgetown
Lindsey Gosh, RS, Marquette
Julie Jeziorowski, L, Marquette
Aleksandra Wachowicz, OH, St. John’s
Shelbey Manthorpe, S, Seton Hall
Stacey Manthorpe, OH, Seton Hall
Mariah Henley, L, Villanova
Gabby Pethokoukis, MB, Villanova
Alex Blair, MB, Xavier

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