CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Former UMBC volleyball players Kelly O'Brien (Potomac, Md./Wootton) and Lisa Cline (Sunderland, Md./Northern) have been named to the Big South Conference All-Decade Volleyball Team for the years of 1990-1999, the conference office announced on Wednesday.
Helping UMBC achieve immediate success upon entrance into the Big South in 1992, O'Brien was named the league's Most Valuable Player in 1992 and again in 1993. The versatile player was named to the All-Conference Team each year as well, as UMBC posted a 13-5 conference record in its first two seasons, reaching the tournament finals each year. The only Retriever to ever cross the 2,000-kill plateau, O'Brien remains the school's career-record holder with 2,161 all-time kills while also ranking first in total attempts (5,055), second in sets played (568) and solo blocks (159), fourth in digs (1,444), fifth in service aces (174), and seventh in total blocks (251),
Cline lettered for the Retrievers from 1995-98, earning Big South Rookie of the Year honors in 1995 and then garnering the conference's Player of the Year Award in 1997. In 1995, she was named the Big South Tournament MVP as UMBC defeated UNC Greensboro in the championship match to advance to the NCAA Tournament. In addition, Cline helped the Retrievers claim a Big South Regular Season Championship in 1997. A three-time All-Conference selection ('95, '96, '97), Cline still ranks second in the UMBC record book for kills (1,869) and total attempts (4,403), seventh in matches played (119), eighth in service aces (160), ninth in sets played (427) and digs (1,197), and tenth in total blocks (208).
Both O'Brien and Cline are members of the UMBC Athletics Hall of Fame.
The Big South Conference is celebrating its 30th Anniversary during the 2013-14 academic year. The All-Decade Teams are determined by a voting panel of administrators with fan voting accounting for 20-percent of the results.