Thursday, November 11, 2010

Volleyball All-Conference honors announced

Lone Star Conference regular season champion West Texas A&M had three first-team selections on the All-LSC volleyball team announced by league officials Wednesday evening at the LSC Championship banquet.
      WTAMU, which posted a perfect 14-0 league record and is hosting the LSC Championship that starts tomorrow, had a total of six honorees. Lauren Thedford, Erika Dupree and Keidra Williams earned first team acclaim, while Stormi Lancaster, Lauren Beville and Ashley Davis were honorable mention selections.
      Additionally, Williams was tabbed Newcomer of the Year and Jason Skoch was Coach of the Year in the balloting of LSC head coaches.
      Abilene Christian, the regular season runner-up, had five players recognized including first-team choices Shawna Hines and Ijeoma Moronu; second-teamers Jordan Schilling and Jennie Hutt and honorable mention pick Neely Borger. The Wildcats Hines was named Defensive Player of the Year for the third straight year, while Moronu claimed Setter of the Year acclaim and Borger was named Freshman of the Year.
      Angelo State’s Chelsea Gibson took home Offensive Player of the Year honors, while Midwestern State’s Kiara Jordan earned Libero of the Year recognition.
      A total of 43 student-athletes were recognized by the LSC postseason awards program including one from all 15 volleyball programs.
      ASU and Incarnate Word each had four total selections, while MSU, Tarleton State and Eastern New Mexico had three each. Central Oklahoma, Texas Woman’s, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Southeastern Oklahoma, Texas A&M-Commerce, Cameron and Southwestern Oklahoma added two each and East Central had one.

Offensive Player of the Year: Chelsea Gibson, Angelo State
Defensive Player of the Year: Shawna Hines, Abilene Christian
Setter of the Year: Ijeoma Moronu, Abilene Christian
Libero of the Year: Kiara Jordan, Midwestern State
Freshman of the Year: Neely Borger, Abilene Christian
Newcomer of the Year: Keidra Williams, West Texas A&M
Coach of the Year: Jason Skoch, West Texas A&M

Player                                    Team                                      Pos.                Year     Hometown
Shawna Hines                      Abilene Christian                 MB                 Sr.         Aurora, Colorado
Lauren Thedford                 West Texas A&M                OH                  Sr.         Carrolton, Texas
Zuela Adom                         Central Oklahoma              MB                 Sr.         Euless, Texas
Ijeoma Moronu                   Abilene Christian                 S                      Sr.         Fort Worth, Texas
Chelsea Gibson                    Angelo State                         MB                 So.        Spring Branch, Texas
Erika Dupree                        West Texas A&M                S                      Jr.          Mesquite, Texas
Alex Woolsey                       Angelo State                         S                      So.        Plano, Texas
Karolina Damjanovic        Midwestern State                 RS                   Sr.         Subotica, Serbia
Kristen Wilson                      Central Oklahoma              OH                  Sr.         Moore, Okla.
Keidra Williams                   West Texas A&M                MB                 Jr.          Denton, Texas
Rachel Wolf                         Tarleton State                      OH                  Sr.         Windthorst, Texas
Lauren Bayer                       Midwestern State                 MB                 Sr.         San Antonio, Texas
Shea McBrearty                  Tarleton State                      L                     Sr.         Dripping Springs, Texas
Virginia Hernandez             Texas A&M-Kingsville       L                     Sr.         Katy, Texas
Player                                    Team                                      Pos.                Year     Hometown
Brittany McDonald             Southeastern Oklahoma    MB                 Jr.          Carrolton, Texas
Kiara Jordan                        Midwestern State                 L                     Jr.          Gilmer, Texas
Rachel Robertson                Texas A&M-Commerce    MB                 So.        Princeton, Texas
Irelis Ilarraza                        Tarleton State                      OH                  Jr.          Venezuela
Lunden Azuara                    Southeastern Oklahoma    OH                  Jr.          Frisco, Texas
Jordan Schilling                    Abilene Christian                 OH                  Sr.         Coppell, Texas
Jennie Hutt                           Abilene Christian                 OH                  Jr.          Papillion, Neb.
Kendra Coulson                  Texas Woman's                   L                     Sr.         Abilene, Texas
Stephanie Bonura               Incarnate Word                   OH                  So.        Houston, Texas
Kaelen Valdez                     Angelo State                         OH                  Fr.         Helotes, Texas
Jordan Neal                          Texas A&M-Commerce    S                      Fr.         Joshua, Texas
Veronica Valdez - Kent      Eastern New Mexico           S                      Sr.         Canyon, Texas
Adrienne Lawson                Cameron                               OH                  Jr.          The Colony, Texas
Megan Kimak                      East Central                          L                     Jr.          Enid, Okla.
Player                                    Team                                      Pos.                Year     Hometown
Kristen Beck                         Eastern New Mexico           OH                  Jr.          Odessa, Texas
Megan Olivarez                   Cameron                               OH                  Fr.         Corpus Christi, Texas
Neely Borger                         Abilene Christian                 MB                 Fr.         Amarillo, Texas
LaKendra Sanders              Southwestern Oklahoma   MB                 Jr.          Lewisville, Texas
Stormi Lancaster                 West Texas A&M                RS                   So.        Mobeetie, Texas
Jessica King                          Eastern New Mexico           MB                 Jr.          Las Cruces, NM
Spencer Ladd                       Incarnate Word                   L                     Sr.         San Antonio, Texas
Lauren Beville                      West Texas A&M                L                     So.        Hereford, Texas
Daniella Vidaurri                 Incarnate Word                   MB                 Jr.          San Antonio, Texas
Ashley Davis                        West Texas A&M                OH                  Fr.         Amarillo, Texas
LyGene' Traylor                   Texas Woman's                   MB                 Sr.         Bellville, Texas
Bethany Friesenhahn         Texas A&M-Kingsville       RS                   Fr.         Poth, Texas
Debbie Ohl                            Angelo State                         RS                   Jr.          Hutchinson, Texas
Beth Soukup                        Incarnate Word                   RS                   Fr.         Helotes, Texas
Sladjana Simic                     Southwestern Oklahoma   L                     Jr.          Klek, Serbia

Women's Volleyball All-Academic Awards Announced

The Lone Star Conference recognized 14 student-athletes for their academic achievements Wednesday evening when league officials announced the volleyball academic awards at the LSC Championship banquet.
   Abilene Christian led the selections to the All-Academic team, placing four on the 14-player squad, followed by West Texas A&M and Texas Woman’s, who had two honorees each. The All-Academic team commemorates both academic and athletic achievement.          
   The Lady Buffs' Lauren Thedford was selected as LSC Academic Player of the Year for the second consecutive year with a perfect 4.0 grade point average as a political science major. She is a three-time LSC all-Academic Team honoree as well as a two-time all-LSC Honorable Mention selection. Thedford leads the Lady Buffs in kills (330, 2.82/set) and points (386, 3.30) and currently ranks sixth all-time in school history with 1,648 career digs.
   The All-Academic team is chosen by the league’s sports information directors, who select players on the basis of both athletic and academic achievement. To be eligible for LSC academic honors, student-athletes must have played in at least 50 percent of team’s contests, reached sophomore athletic and academic standing (true freshmen and redshirt freshmen are not eligible), completed at least one full academic year at the nominating institution, and have a minimum 3.30 cumulative grade point average based on the 4.0 system for his/her entire collegiate career.
   Joining Thedford on the All-Academic team was fellow teammate Erika Dupree, TWU's Kendra Coulson and Sydney Veitenheimer, ACU's Shawna Hines, Kalynne Allen, Jennie Hutt and Ijeoma Moronu, Southwestern Oklahoma’s Emily Walter, Tarleton State's Shea McBrearty, Texas A&M-Kingsville's Amanda Waclawczyk, Midwestern State's Hillary White, Southeastern Oklahoma's Raelynn Beaty and East Central’s Rachel Watson.

Academic Player of the Year: Lauren Thedford, West Texas A&M

2010 Lone Star Conference Volleyball All-Academic Team
Player, Pos.                              Team                                       Year     Major                          Hometown
Lauren Thedford, OH          West Texas A&M                 Jr.         Political Science       Carrollton, Texas
Kendra Coulson, L                Texas Woman's                    Sr.         Legal Studies             Abilene, Texas
Shawna Hines, MB                 Abilene Christian                 Sr.         Business Mgmt.         Aurora, Colo.
Amanda Waclawczyk, MB Texas A&M-Kingsville      Jr.         Biology                       Poth, Texas
Jennie Hutt, OH                      Abilene Christian                 Jr.         Interdisc. Studies      Papillion, Neb.
Kalynne Allen, MB                Abilene Christian                 So.        History                        New Braunfels, Texas
Hillary White, OH                 Midwestern State                  Jr.         English                        N. Richland Hills, Texas
Rachel Watson, MB               East Central                          So.        Biology                       Edmond, Oklahoma
Raelynn Beaty, L                   Southeastern Oklahoma     Sr.         Psychology                Wimberly, Texas
Emily Walter, MB                 Southwestern Oklahoma    Jr.         Pre-Pharmacy          Azle, Texas
Erika Dupree, S                      West Texas A&M                 Jr.         English Education   Mesquite, Texas
Shea McBrearty, L                Tarleton State                       Sr.         Public Relations       Dripping Springs
Ijeoma Moronu, S                  Abilene Christian                 Sr.         Exercise Science       Fort Worth, Texas
Sydney Veitenheimer, S        Texas Woman's                    Sr.         Marketing                  Windthorst, Texas

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