Burger named SCAC's top volleyball freshman

November 17, 2004

Sarah Burger of Centre College has been named the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference's freshman volleyball player of the year.

Burger, a middle hitter from Goshen, ranked second in the SCAC with a .370 hitting percentage and was third in the league with 4.08 kills per game for a season total of 514. She also had 106 blocks, which ranked 10th in the league.

She garnered all nine possible votes for the freshman of the year award in balloting of the SCAC coaches.

"Sarah immediately impacted our team," Centre coach Stephanie Dragan said. "She did not play like a freshman and was able to hit any ball, any tempo, across the net. She was our go-to girl, and everyone noticed her."

This is the second consecutive year that a Centre player has been named freshman of the year. Kate Bennett won the award in 2003.


"This is such an honor," Burger said. "The support and encouragement from my teammates made me feel confident that I could accomplish anything with them behind me.

"The season went by so quickly, and I cannot believe it is over. I can only hope that next season will be just as exciting."

Burger was named the SCAC player of the week twice during the season, in the first and seventh weeks. She is the first freshman to win multiple player of the week awards since DePauw's Janie Hodgkinson won three of them in 1998.

Burger and senior setter Leah Ballinger were named to the all-SCAC second team, and senior middle hitter Whitney Faust made the third team.

The Colonels finished the season with a 28-12 record and in fifth place in the SCAC.

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