Special to The Sun
OKLA. CITY —
Kristen Macy became the first volleyball player from Oklahoma City University to garner Sooner Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year accolades to highlight four Stars who gained all-conference acclaim.
The Stars’ Meghan Irwin and Danielle Robison made the All-SAC second team, and Torrie Flynn reeled in honorable-mention all-league honors.
Macy, a freshman outside hitter from Edmond Memorial, piled up 3.05 kills, 2.88 digs, 0.39 aces, 0.35 blocks and 3.69 points a set this season for OCU. Macy led the Stars with 348 kills, which ranked sixth in the league.
As a freshman, Macy notched 10 double-doubles, knocked down a season-high 20 kills against Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas) on Sept. 30 at Abe Lemons Arena and scooped 26 digs at Austin (Texas) on Sept. 18.
“Kristen has done a great job,” OCU coach Nikki Dieball said. “She’s stepped in. I feel like it was easy for her being the only freshman. Our team really rallied around her when she got here and beforehand.
“There were several of the girls who contacted her and tried to make her feel really welcome before preseason even started. It was natural for her just to step in and play because it feels like she’s been a part of us for a really long time. She still has some areas that she’s working on, but she does a great job for us and I’m excited to watch her career unfold.”
Irwin, a junior from Arlington, Texas, produced 2.17 kills, 0.76 blocks and 2.63 points per set. She led the team with a .258 hitting percentage.
This year, Irwin reached double figures in kills 12 times. She had a season-high eight blocks at Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas) on Oct. 29.
Robison, a senior libero-setter from Dallas, generated 3.88 digs, 1.77 assists and 0.61 aces a set. She posted 442 digs and 69 aces. Robison led the SAC in aces for the second consecutive year and ranked in the top 15 in aces and aces per set among the NAIA.
In 2013, Robison snagged two SAC Libero of the Week awards and put together OCU’s 11th 30-dig performance in program history. She is Oklahoma City’s career leader in aces, digs and service attempts.
Flynn, a senior right-side hitter-middle blocker from Edmond, supplied the Stars with 1.49 kills, 0.44 blocks and 1.81 points a set. Flynn had four matches with double-digit kills.