Stephen F. Austin Leads Preseason All-Conference Volleyball Teams

first_img Samantha Anderson1 Sr. RS Central Arkansas Tyler, Texas First Team                                                                                                                                                                                                           After its Cinderella run as the No. 8 seed last year participating in its first ever Southland postseason tournament, Abilene Christian heads into the season with three preseason second team members. Senior setter Kendall Bosse and senior outside hitter Jacey Smith, both 2017 All-Tournament selections, were both picked to the second team, along with senior middle blocker Lauren Walker. Lauren Walker Sr. MB Abilene Christian Round Rock, Texas Houston Baptist, Incarnate Word, Lamar University, New Orleans and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi each garnered a single selection. The Islanders’ junior right side/setter Madison Green was the top vote-getter outside of the eight automatic selections. 1 – 2017 All-Conference Selection Tomar Thomas Sr. OH Lamar University Houston, Texas Autumn Lockley Sr. OH Incarnate Word Leander, Texas Elizabeth Armstrong1 Jr. S Central Arkansas League City, Texas Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown Haley Coleman1 Sr. OH Stephen F. Austin Rockwall, Texas FRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin paces the way with four spots on the 2018 Southland Conference Preseason All-Conference Teams, the league announced Thursday. Danae Daron1 Jr. MB Stephen F. Austin Crosby, Texas Returning players from the 2017 All-Conference First and Second teams are automatically named to the 2018 Preseason All-Conference teams. Vacant positions are nominated and voted upon by the conference’s head coaches. Voting for one’s own players is not permitted. Each member of the preseason teams is an upperclassmen with just four juniors receiving the accolade. Seventeen of the 18 selections are Texas natives. Jacey Smith Sr. OH Abilene Christian Wimberley, Texascenter_img Defending tournament champion Central Arkansas captured two spots on the top team, as does Northwestern State and Sam Houston State. The Sugar Bears return the league’s 2017 Player of the Year, senior right side hitter Samantha Anderson, along with 2017 Tournament MVP junior setter Elizabeth Armstrong. The Lady Demons earned automatic selections in senior outside hitter Reagan Rogers and last season’s conference Libero of the Year Channing Burleson. Senior middle blocker Taylor Cunningham snagged an automatic selection to the first team while senior setter Jaclyn Ward was also voted to the first team to represent the Bearkats. Madison Green Jr. RS/S Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Dripping Springs, Texas Second Team                                                                                                                                                                                                    Reagan Rogers1 Sr. OH Northwestern State Blanco, Texas Jaclyn Ward Sr. S Sam Houston State Spring, Texas Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown The Ladyjacks head into the new campaign returning three all-conference members from a season ago in senior outside hitter Haley Coleman, junior middle blocker Danae Daron and senior middle blocker Makenzee Hanna. Junior setter Ann Hollas was voted onto the second team. Last season SFA won its first Southland regular-season championship since 2014, posting a 14-2 mark in conference play. Channing Burleson1 Sr. L Northwestern State Midland, Texas Kendall Bosse Sr. S Abilene Christian Round Rock, Texas Kaitlyn Grice Sr. MB New Orleans Valrico, Fla. Kayla Davenport Sr. MB Houston Baptist Columbus, Texas Ann Hollas Jr. S Stephen F. Austin Longview, Texas Makenzee Hanna1 Sr. MB Stephen F. Austin DeSoto, Texas Taylor Cunningham1 Sr. MB Sam Houston State Huntsville, Texaslast_img read more