ABERDEEN, S.D. - Northern State University volleyball head coach Brent Aldridge was named the NSIC’s Coach of the Year.
This is the first year Aldridge has received this honor. Aldridge led the Wolves to their first-ever AVCA top-25 ranking in 2013, as NSU reached as high as 20th in the poll. NSU got off to its best start in program history this season as the Wolves started the season 9-0. The nine-match win streak is also the second-longest streak in program history, an accomplishment NSU set twice during the year.
Sophomore outside hitter Kelsey Chambers was a First Team All-NSIC selection. Middle blocker Tori Biach, libero Sami Nygaard and setter Drew Smith were named Second Team in the NSIC All-Conference teams, according to the league office.
Chambers was an All-NSIC selection for the second time in her career. She was named second team last season. Chambers was third in the league this season with 4.16 kills per set and 4.6 points per set. Chambers hit .300 during conference play this year and averaged 2.41 digs per set. Chambers also recorded three double-doubles against NSIC opponents this season.
Biach hit .332 this season, which was the seventh-best mark in the league and second-best among freshmen. Biach’s 48 total blocks in conference play (.79 per set) led the Wolves this season. Against Bemidji State in October, Biach set a career high with 13 kills and hit .765 in the sweep.
Nygaard was fourth in the conference this season with 4.46 digs per set. Nygaard hit double-figures in digs in 15 of 18 NSIC matches so far this season. Nygaard also had 52 assists on the year and set a career high with 27 digs in NSU's win over Wayne State in October.
Smith takes home second-team honors for the second consecutive season. Smith was fifth in the league, averaging 11.85 assists per set this year. Smith set up a squad that hit .254 as a team this season, which was third best in the NSIC. Smith recorded five double-doubles during conference play this season.
NSU's 20 wins so far in 2013 are the fourth-most for a single season in program history. NSU has improved each year under Aldridge; in his first season in 2011, NSU went 13-14 and 8-12 in the league. In '12 the Wolves went 19-11, including 13-7 in the NSIC. Both marks were the Wolves' best finish since 2001. 2012 also was NSU's first winning season since 2006. This season, Aldridge has 20 victories, is 13-5 in the conference and has the Wolves ranked ninth in the NCAA regional poll.