Saints Begin Their Quest for a 10th MAAC Title Friday Night
Siena Duo Honored on Eve of Tournament
Semifinals and Finals to Air on ESPN3
Franklin, Gustafson, McCurty and Pahucki to be Inducted January 30
"I am very pleased to have Burgandy back with our program," Head Coach Garvey Pierre said. "She knows what it takes to win and demands the best from everyone. She has been the face of our program for the past four years."
McCurty won her second consecutive Siena College Female Student-Athlete of the Year award in the spring after smashing the MAAC career kills record with 1,945 kills. She claimed her third straight MAAC Offensive Player of the Year award in 2009, setting school and league records with 5.37 kills per set. She ranked second in the nation in kills, kills per set, and points per set.
McCurty ranks first in program history with 4.27 career kills per set and third with 342 blocks. She finished her undergraduate degree with a 3.36 GPA in accounting.
It's expected that McCurty will bring great knowledge to the Saints' staff, especially with the development of the team's younger hitters.
GENERAL: Three-time MAAC Offensive Player of the Year... Two-time Siena College Female Athlete of the Year...MAAC's all-time kill leader (1,945 career kills)...Two-time captain...Explosive athlete who could jump out of the gym...Finished with great consistency and authority...Was the most feared attacker in the MAAC for four years...Played well above size...Great defensive presence at net...Efficient on the attack with a powerful swing...Forced opposition to adjust front row defense by adding great balance to the Siena attack in the middle or outside...Added a new dimension to her game as an upperclassman playing in the back row and on the outside.
AS A SENIOR: MAAC Offensive Player of the Year...Siena College Female Student-Athlete of the Year...Siena College Academic Excellence and Acheivement Award Recipient...MAAC All Academic Team and MAAC Honor Roll selection...Ended the year ranked second nationally with school and MAAC-record 5.37 kills/set...School-record 575 kills were second most in the country...Named MAAC Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week four times as a senior and 12 times in her career...All Tournament Team selection at: Courtyard LaGuardia Volleyball Classic (9/12/09) and Syracuse Big Orange Tournament (8/29/09).
AS A JUNIOR: MAAC Offensive Player of the Year and MAAC Tournament MVP...Siena College Female Student-Athlete of the Year...Seven-time MAAC Offensive Player of the Week (9/2, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20 and 10/27) and two-time ECAC Division I Player of the Week (10/1 and 10/23)...Finished season ranked fifth nationally with 4.71 kills/set - the second most in a season in program history...Totaled 561 kills on season - the most by any Saint in program history...Recorded 10 kills or more in 29 of Siena's 33 matches...Registered match-high 16 kills on just 26 attacks in Saints' 3-0 NCAA loss at Cal (12/5)...Led the MAAC with 15 double-doubles...Ranked on second on the team with 287 digs (2.4/set)...Had 23 kills and career-high 20 digs in home setback to Fairfield (10/11)...Joined the 30-kill club with 32 kills and 19 digs in loss at Fairfield (11/9)...Averaged 5.8 kills per set over final eight matches of season...All Tournament Team: Hofstra/Asics Invitational (9/2/08), Texas A&M Invitational (9/6/08), Orange Invitational (9/13/08),
AS A SOPHOMORE: MAAC Offensive Player of the Year...First Team All-MAAC...MAAC All-Tournament Team...MAAC Offensive Player of the Week (10/8)...All-Tournament Team selection at Central Michigan Chippewa Classic...MAAC Offensive Player of the week (10/8)...Set school record and ranked sixth nationally with .427 attack percentage...Played in all 32 matches and 116 sets...Posted double digit kills in 31 of 36 matches...Led team with 130 blocks (1.12/set)...Killed 25 of her 37 attacks in win at Marist (10/3)...Had 17 kills and 10 blocks in MAAC semifinal win over Iona (11/18)...Registered 24 kills and three blocks in MAAC championship match win over Fairfield (11/19)...Compiled an attack percentage of at least .500 in eight matches...Had 15 kills and no errors in win over Iona (9/29)...Posted 13 kills and no errors in win over Marist (11/11).
AS A FRESHMAN: Siena College Female Rookie of the Year...MAAC Rookie of the Year...MAAC First Team selection...Named one of 15 "Rising Stars" by the Collegiate Volleyball Update...Three time MAAC Rookie of the Week (9/11, 10/2 and 11/13)...MAAC Offensive Player of the Week (10/16)...Tied school record with .386 attack percentage...Second on the team with 396 kills and third on squad with 3.27 kills per set...Led team with 91 blocks and .81 blocks per set...Posted 25 10+ kill performances...Registered 10 kills, no errors and a match-high .625 attack percentage in Siena's NCAA Tournament loss to Minnesota (11/30)...Registered 20 kills and a .562 attack percentage in Saints 3-2 loss to Syracuse (10/17)...Killed 18 of 25 attacks without an error (.720) in loss at Iona (10/14)...Killed 14 of 20 attacks without an error in win at Marist (10/4)...Killed 10 of 16 attacks without an error in home win over Loyola (10/22)...Stony Brook Holiday Inn Express Classic All-Tournament team selection (9/8/06).
PERSONAL/COMMUNITY: Born May 26, 1988 in Manhasset, N.Y... Chose Siena because of its academic reputation and her athletic scholarship...Lists drawing and extreme sports as outside interests...An accounting major who aspires to be a CPA...Has a younger brother Michael (14) and a younger sister Ariana (16)...The daughter of Michael McCurty and Robbyn Wright...An accounting major.
BEFORE SIENA: Lettered in four years of volleyball, three years of lacrosse and two years of basketball at Paul D. Schreiber...Was selected team MVP as a sophomore, junior and senior in volleyball...Named All-Conference those same years...Schreiber won the conference championship her sophomore and senior years...Tournament MVP as a senior.
PIERRE ON McCURTY: "Burgandy may finish her career as the best player in the history of the MAAC. She continues to improve and has developed into one of the top hitters in the country. Last year, we did not rotate her out for the first time and she made great progress in the back row. Her presence will give us the opportunity to win any match on our schedule."
Getting to Know Burgandy McCurty
One thing people would be surprised to know about me: I love to talk, but get nervous when speaking publicly. I also own about 50 pairs of sneakers.
My favorite TV show is: Anything on ESPN, Lost, Will & Grace, and Nip/Tuck
Favorite website: Twitter! I love following other athletes and ESPN personalities. If I could be on a reality TV show, it would be: My own show, it would be hilarious!
Athlete I most admired while growing up: Dan Marino
My favorite professional sports team is: The New York Yankees
Another sport I like to follow at Siena is: Softball
If they made a movie about my life, the actress who played me would be: Sanaa Lathan My favorite class at Siena is: Business Law 300 & 310 with Paul Dwyer, and surprisingly Taxation!
My favorite spot on campus is: The Multicultural Center, where I hang out with all my friends.
If I didn't play volleyball, I would: Be playing lacrosse
My favorite musician is: Tupac, Boyz II Men & Mariah Carey
The player on the team who I relate to best is: Kathi Kobayashi '09
The quality I like most about Coach Pierre is: He's a player's coach.
My most memorable match ever was: The 2007 MAAC Championships at Fairfield, winning 3-2 in the gym where we never won before.
My favorite athlete is: Robinson Cano
Three words that describe me: Passionate, entertaining and focused.
Helpful info: If the pizza is not from LI or NYC it doesn't count!