The American Volleyball Coaches Association announced its all-region teams on Tuesday, with Northern Kentucky senior outside hitter Haley Libs earning honorable mention for the Northeast Region.
The honorable mention nod caps off an illustrious career for Libs. She was named to the All-Horizon League First Team in all four of her seasons at NKU, and saved her best season for last. The outside hitter led the Norse with 3.88 kills per set and broke her own Division I-era single-season and single-match program kills records, tied the single-match digs record, became NKU’s first Division I player to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career, and is just the third player in the NCAA to have a 30/30 match in the current scoring era.
Libs also made her mark in NKU’s all-time laurels, sitting at No. 7 in both career kills (1,580) and career digs (1,311). She was a consistent terminator for the Norse, averaging at least three kills per set in all four of her seasons for a career average of 3.56 kps, and steadily improved her defense each year, culminating in 3.88 digs per set as a senior. In her capstone season, Libs was named to the all-tournament team in all four preseason tournaments as well as the 2018 Horizon League Championship, and was thrice named the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week. Libs was also a double-double machine for the Norse, with 24 of her 61 career double-doubles coming in her senior season with a streak of 15-straight double-doubles between Sept. 14 and Oct. 28. To top it all off, Libs is one of 10 national candidates for the Senior CLASS Award, which recognizes senior student-athletes who excel in the four Cs of classroom, community, character and competition.
NKU had one of its most successful seasons since transitioning to Division I with a 21-10 overall mark and an 11-5 record in Horizon League play to tie for second in the league standings. The Norse finished runner-up in the 2018 Horizon League Championship and accepted an invitation to the NIVC, where the season closed on Nov. 29 against Miami (Ohio).
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