Double Honors: Bailey earns defensive player of year, Shires named coach of year

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Courtesy of UNO Athletics
Courtesy of UNO Athletics

By Jackson Taylor
SPORTS EDITOR

After finishing third in the Summit League regular season, four players from the Omaha volleyball team earned Summit League conference honors and head coach Rose Shires was named Coach of the Year.

Senior libero Kimberly Bailey earned the highest honor as Summit League Defensive Player of the Year. Bailey averaged 4.61 digs in the regular season and contributed to Omaha’s ranking of second nationally in digs per set at 17.72. Bailey said she was honored to receive the award.

“I felt a rush of emotions,” Bailey said. “A rush of love for the women I step on the floor with everyday.”

Senior middle Megan Schmale and sophomore setter Sydney O’Shaughnessy, along with Bailey were named to the All-Summit Team.

Schmale led the Summit League in blocks, block assists and blocks per set in 2015. She was named to the All-Summit League Team last year as well.

O’Shaughessy averaged more than 10 assists, 3.40 digs and .48 blocks per set in her second year as a Maverick.

Freshman Gessica Gdowski earned a spot on the Summit League All-Freshmen Team. Gdowski has six double-figure performances on the year.

Coach Shires capped off the awards ceremony as she was named Coach of the Year by the Summit League conference coaches. Shires led Omaha to a 17-12 (12-4 Summit League) record in her 26th year at the helm and fifth year in Division I. Shires is now 473-342 in her career at UNO, making her the winningest coach in school history.

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