Point Park University has four players named to All-KIAC Volleyball Teams
Nov. 13, 2012 at 11:30 p.m. ET
Livia Caluori (MH) led the KIAC in hitting pct. (.364), total blocks (159) and blocks/game (1.2). Photo by E.Skowvron.
PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University's outstanding play at the net was well-reflected in the All-Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Volleyball Teams that were announced by the league office on Tuesday (Nov. 13).
Point Park (30-10, 9-1 KIAC) had four players earn All-KIAC honors with outside hitter Lindsey Oberacker and middle hitter Livia Caluori on the All-KIAC First Team. Setter Tayler Pugliese and right-side hitter Nicole Wurstle were named to the All-KIAC Second Team.
There were seven players on the first team and six on the second team. The teams were selected with voting from the league's coaches. KIAC champion IU East had a league-high three players on the first team, and Point Park was second with two representatives. Point Park's two players on the second team were the most there.
Oberacker (OH), Caluori (MH) and Pugliese (S) are seniors, and Wurstle (RS) is a junior. Those four are a big reason why Point Park ranks No. 1 in the NAIA in total blocks (375.5), eighth in the NAIA in hitting pecentage (.283) and 10th in the country in blocks per game (2.66).
The is Point Park's first season in the KIAC. The Pioneers were former members of the American Mideast Conference before it disbanded this past summer.
Oberacker, a senior from Erie, Pa., and McDowell High School, is on an all-conference first team for the third time in her career. She was All-AMC second team as a freshman. She was third in the KIAC with 396 kills and ninth in the KIAC in hitting percentage at .263 this year. One of the best all-around players in the league, she also ranked among the top 15 players in the KIAC with 342 digs and 72 total blocks.
Caluori, a 6-3 senior from Uzwil, Switzerland, was the best middle hitter in the conference as she ranked first in the KIAC in hitting percentage (.364), total blocks (159) and blocks per game (1.2). On the NAIA level, the three-year member of the Swiss National Team was seventh in the NAIA in total blocks and 13th in hitting percentage. She transferred this year form the University of Zurich.
Pugliese was picked as the second-best setter in the KIAC behind KIAC Player of the Year Lauren Crump (S) of IU East. Pugliese, a senior from Ashtabula, Ohio, was second in the KIAC in total assists (1,319) and assists per game (9.70). Nationally, she ranks 14th in the NAIA in total assists. She transferred last year from Notre Dame (OH) and was All-AMC first team in 2011.
Wurstle is a junior right-side hitter from Valley City, Ohio. She had a career year with 293 kills and a blistering hitting percentage of .441. She did not register enough attack attempts to qualify among the KIAC or NAIA leaders in hitting percentage but still led Point Park in that category. Also strong on the block, here 115 total blocks were fourth in the KIAC. Wurstle was All-AMC first team last year.
For the complete listing of the All-KIAC Volleyball Teams, visit the link above.