Hawaii/ University of Minnesota senior setter Lindsey Berg (Honolulu, Hawaii/ Panahou) and senior middle blocker Stephanie Hagen (Minnetonka, Minn./ Hopkins) were named to the AVCA All-Mideast Region first team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Both Berg and Hagen received AVCA All-Region honors in 1999 and 2000 before being named to this year's team.
The Mideast Region consists of 44 schools from the Big Ten, Mid- American, Metro Atlantic Athletic, and Northeast Conferences. Of the 12 first team All-Mideast Region honorees, 10 hail from the Big Ten Conference. The All-Mideast Region honorees are now eligible for AVCA All-America awards, to be announced on December 12. The AVCA honors 24 volleyball players with All-America status, as a 12-member first team and a 12-member second team will be chosen from the All-Region honorees in each of the eight regions.
Berg, the Gophers' starting setter for four years, accumulated 5,913 career assists, good for third place on the Minnesota and Big Ten all- time lists. Berg is the only player to lead the Big Ten in service aces in consecutive seasons, and did so in every year of her career. During her senior campaign, Berg collected 1,314 assists and 76 service aces. She is a three-time AVCA All-Region honoree, a three-time All-Big Ten award winner, and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten team member.
Hagen finished her career with 1,425 kills, placing her sixth on Minnesota's all-time list. Her career attack percentage of 36.6 ranks first in Gopher history, and ties her for fifth place in the Big Ten record books. She led the Gophers in kills (411), kills per game (3.51), and attack percentage (39.5) in 2001. Hagen is a 2000 AVCA second-team All-America honoree, a three-time AVCA All-Region award winner, a three-time All-Big Ten selection, and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten team member.
The Gophers finished the 2001 season with a 19-13 overall record, 10-10 in Big Ten play. Minnesota made its third consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, and advanced to the second round. Minnesota owns an impressive 90-40 (.692) record during the four-year tenure of Berg and Hagen.
2001 AVCA All-Mideast Region Team
Lisa Argabright, MB, Illinois; Lindsey Berg, S, Minnesota; Anne Botica, OH, Ohio State; Jenny Bowman, S, Northern Illinois; Lizzy Fitzgerald, S, Wisconsin; Stacey Gordon, OH, Ohio State; Stephanie Hagen, MB, Minnesota; Erin Hartley, OH, Michigan State; Sherisa Livingston, MB, Wisconsin; Sara Meyermann, OH, Iowa; Caty Rommeck, MB, Bowling Green; Katue Schumacher, OH, Penn State.