IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa volleyball seniors Molly Kelly and Reghan Coyle and junior Cali Hoye were honored at the team’s award banquet in Kinnick Stadium on Sunday night.
Kelly was named the Iowa’s most valuable player, Coyle earned the Barb Willis Award, and Hoye was named most improved.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Kelly was named the team’s MVP after a record setting senior year. Kelly set Iowa’s single-season dig record with 619 total digs and led the conference with 5.12 digs per set. Her 27 digs against Minnesota on Oct. 19 set a single-match record for digs in a three set match. The West Liberty, Iowa, native was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team and was named the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team Member of the Year for her excellence in the classroom and on the court.
BARB WILLIS AWARD
Coyle earned the Barb Willis award. The award was named after Iowa Hall of Famer Barb Willis due to her hard work, determination, and continued service to Iowa volleyball. The award is given one player each year who has demonstrated the same character, drive, and determination as Willis did during her time at Iowa.
Coyle appeared in every match in her final season, recording 20 double-digit kills matches, including a career-high 21 on senior night against Ohio State. Coyle finished her career sixth on Iowa’s all-time attack percentage list with a .258 average along with 812 kills, 222 blocks, and 194 digs.
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER
Hoye enjoyed a breakout 2018 season, tallying double-digit kills in 16 of her 21 matches. She led Iowa with 3.82 kills per set and was second on the team with 19 aces. Hoye was the first student-athlete in the Big Ten this season to record 30 kills and is one of six players in Division I volleyball with multiple 30 kill matches after accomplishing the feat against No. 6 Wisconsin and Northwestern.
2018 VOLLEYBALL TEAM AWARDS
TEAM MVP: Molly Kelly
BARB WILLIS AWARD: Reghan Coyle
MOST IMPROVED: Cali Hoye