January 28, 2011

Eagles Celebrate Season with Team Banquet and Award Ceremony

Cora Kellerman receives two of five team awards for support and commitment from the sideline

Several members of the Eastern Washington University volleyball team were recognized by teammates and coaches for their notable contributions on and off the court during the 2010 season. The Eagles commemorated the year and honored these players, and the entire team, at a banquet/bowling party on Jan. 22.

Two of the five team awards went to junior Cora Kellerman, who actually redshirted the 2010 season. Kellerman was sidelined for the year due to a rare case of a heart condition called atrioventricular reentrant tachycardia. She endured three surgeries during the season to try and correct the disorder. The final surgery, performed by a specialist from the University of Pennsylvania, was a success, and Kellerman is expected to be back on the court as a junior eligibility-wise next fall.

Kellerman was recognized by her teammates with the Most Inspirational Player and Teammate of the Year awards. Despite her condition, Kellerman attended every practice and all home games, providing leadership and motivation from the bench.

Senior Chenoa Coviare was selected by her teammates as the Most Valuable Player. Despite missing the final four games of the season due to an untimely knee injury, Coviare finished her senior campaign as the top blocker and second-leading hitter on the squad. She averaged 1.23 blocks per set in the 2010 season, and averaged 2.46 kills per set. She also led Eastern in points scored, averaging 3.15 per set.

Coviare was one of six elite players named to the All-Big Sky first team in 2010, which marked the third All-Conference honor of her career. The Medford, Ore., native was also presented with a gold ball at the banquet for eclipsing 1,000 career kills during the season. Coviare finished her Eastern career with 1,012 total kills and 470 blocks, which is fourth in EWU's all-time record book.

Fellow senior Jacque Brown was honored with the Eagle Award, which is given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities valued by the team as a whole, including work ethic, leadership, perseverance, performance and value to the program. This award is selected by the coaching staff. 

Brown played in all but one of Eastern's 103 sets during the 2010 season, and played nearly every rotation of those sets. She started all 27 matches this year as floor captain for EWU. Brown averaged 1.75 kills per set, and was the second-leading defensive player with 312 total digs on the year, and a 3.12 digs per set average. Brown was the only player on the 2010 roster to have 500 kills and 500 digs in her career. She is also a three-time Big Sky All-Academic selection.

The award for Most Improved Player was given to redshirt-freshman Ashley Wright. A native of Leavenworth, Wash., Wright played in 26 of Eastern's 27 matches this season, including 15 starts on the left side. She averaged 1.37 kills per set and 0.52 blocks in her first season on the court.

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