LIU Brooklyn volleyball has won seven NEC Tournament titles in the past nine years. German-born Martina Wagner was there for the beginning stages of the unprecedented run. Having transferred from Georgia (the SEC school, not the country), the outside hitter joined the Blackbirds in 2005 and helped the team to another conference crown. Wagner was a huge piece of LIU’s win over Cornell in the NCAA Tournament that year. She racked up 18 kills and made 15 digs in a three-game sweep of the Big Red.
In 2006, Wagner (the student-athlete, not the school) won the NEC Player of the Year award and captured the NEC Tournament MVP honor as the Blackbirds earned another league championship title. In all, the Pride of Friedrichshafen, Germany earned three All-NEC First Team selections along with three NEC championship rings.