Lincoln - The Nebraska volleyball team had four players earn all-region honors on Tuesday from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). Junior Gina Mancuso was named to the 14-member Mideast Region first-team, while sophomore Morgan Broekhuis, junior Lauren Cook and junior Hannah Werth were named honorable mention.
Mancuso, who was named a unanimous First-Team All-Big Ten pick, has been key for the Husker offense and defense in 2011. As a junior, the Omaha, Neb., native led Nebraska in kills with a total of 407 and an average of 3.60 kills per set and 2.66 digs per set. She ranked in the top ten in the conference in kills for the entire season. Mancuso notched at least 10 kills in 25 matches this season, while posting a career-high of 24 kills against Colorado State. She was also named the Big Ten Player-of-the-Week two times in 2011.
Broekhuis had a breakout year for the Huskers, as she averaged 3.04 kills per set and a total of 344 kills while notching 1.58 digs per set in just her second year as a starter. She tabbed at least 10 kills in 19 matches and a hitting percentage of .247. She recorded a total of 97 blocks in 2011, while hitting at least .300 in eight matches this season, including a season-best .692 against Jackson State. She tabbed a career-high 22 kills at Michigan on Oct. 1.
Cook put together a strong season in her first full year as a starter. She averaged 11.03 assists per set, .49 kills and 2.79 digs per set. She ranked fourth in the league in assists, while notching a team-best 18 double-doubles (assists-digs). Cook helped Nebraska hit .300 or better in 10 matches, including a season-high .438 against Jackson State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. She totaled 50 or more assists in seven matches, including a career-high 62 assists against Kansas State.
Werth had an outstanding junior season, with 2.80 kills per set and 3.11 digs per set. She ranked second on the team in total digs with 348 on the year. Werth tabbed at least 10 kills in 18 matches, while notching at least 10 digs in 19 matches. She produced 11 double-doubles as a junior and was a two-time Big Ten Player-of-the-Week as well as the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week on Nov. 22.