Returning to the team this season as the only current player to have more than 500 career kills, Burns has been the number one attack option for the Beavers virtually all season. With more than 1,200 attack attempts in 2006, she set a new BSU single-season record while collecting a personal single-season best with 365 kills. She has also been an productive piece of the Beavers' passing game. She currently ranks third on the team averaging 3.27 digs per game flirting with 350 digs for the season. Her 55 blocks are second on the team to only Jennifer Janckila (So., MB, Appleton, Wis.).
In just three seasons Burns has compiled 985 kills, standing on the doorstep of becoming just the seventh player in BSU volleyball history to record 1,000 career kills.
Jessica Lucia earned NSIC Player of the Year honors for the second consecutive season and was joined by fellow Concordia University-St. Paul Golden Bears Maggie McNamara and head coach Brady Starkey on the individual awards list. McNamara earned the Freshman of the Year award while Starkey was named Coach of the Year by the league's coaches for the third time in the last four years.
Wayne State's Laura Dolezal rounded out the individual award-winners taking home her second Libero of the Year honor in as many years.
Bemidji State finished the regular season with an overall record of 7-24 while it was 3-15 in NSIC play. The Beavers will be in action again Thursday (Nov. 2) when it begins NSIC Tournament action. The eighth-seeded Beavers will face regular-season champion and defending NSIC Tournament crown-holder No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul at 7:30 p.m. at the Gangelhoff Center in St. Paul, Minn.
NSIC First Team All-Conference
# Name School Pos Ht Yr Hometown
5 Kelsey Kyro, Concordia-St. Paul, MH, 5-8, Sr., Minneapolis, Minn.
8 Jessica Lucia, Concordia-St. Paul, RS, 5-9, Sr., Plymouth, Minn.
9 Erin Contons, SW Minnesota State, OH, 5-10, Jr., Apple Valley, Minn.
12 Maggie McNamara, Concordia-St. Paul, S, 5-9, Fr., Zumbrota, Minn.
13 Megan Wendorff, SW Minnesota State, MH, 6-1, Sr., Kenyon, Minn.
9 Emily Schroeder, Wayne State, OH, 5-11, Jr., Belden, Neb.
4 Brittany Coleman, Wayne State, S, 5-9, Sr., Beatrice, Neb.
10 Laura Dolezal, Wayne State, Lib, 5-8, Jr., Columbus, Neb.
4 Julie Vancura, MSU Moorhead, S, 5-6, Jr., Anoka, Minn.
4 Megan Graham, Concordia-St. Paul, Lib, 5-6, Sr., Dayton, Minn.
12 Odemaris Diaz, Northern State, OH/MH, 5-11, Sr., Vega Alta, PR
12 Michelle Eckhardt, Wayne State, MH, 5-10, Sr., Ayr, Neb.
NSIC All-Conference Honorable Mention
# Name School Pos Ht Yr Hometown
4 Erin Flynn, Minnesota, Crookston, MH, 5-11, Sr., Bloomer, Wis.
13 Becky Anderson, MSU Moorhead, MH, 5’10, Sr., Fargo, N.D.
9 Maria Steinhagen, Concordia-St. Paul, MH, 5’10, So., Alexandria, Minn.
10 Melanie Perez, Northern State, Lib, 5’8, So., Rio Piedras, PR
7 Megan Pulvermacher, Winona State, OH, 5’11, Sr., Black Earth, Wis.
11 Meagan Brandon, MSU Moorhead, MH, 5’11, So., Orangevale, Calif.
4 Brittney Burns, Bemidji State, OH, 6’0, Jr., LeSueur, Minn.
10 Kasey Loeslie, SW Minnesota State, MB, 6’1, Jr., Tracy, Minn.
8 Kelly Heier, Northern State, S, 5’6, Sr., Aberdeen, S.D.
8 Tatiani Santos, Mary (N.D.), MH, 5’11, Jr., San Jose DoRio Preto, Brazil
2006 NSIC Player of the Year
Jessica Lucia, Concordia-St. Paul
2006 NSIC Libero of the Year
Laura Doleal, Wayne State
2006 NSIC Freshman of the Year
Maggie McNamara, Concordia-St. Paul
2006 NSIC Coach of the Year
Brady Starkey, Concordia-St. Paul