Nov. 13, 2012
IRVING, Texas -
Tulsa senior TYLER HENDERSON added another achievement to her historic career as the outside hitter became the second player in Conference USA history to be named First Team All-Conference in four different seasons.
2012 C-USA All-Conference Volleyball Teams
Henderson was named along with 11 other C-USA standouts as First-Team All-Conference winners in a vote conducted by the league's coaches. The powerful outside hitter ranks second in the nation in kills per set with an average of 4.82 and leads the NCAA in scoring, averaging 5.31 points per set.
USF's Michelle Collier was selected First-Team All-Conference in 1998 and again from 2000-2002. Henderson pulled off the rare feat in four consecutive years, winning First-Team All-Conference honors every season since 2009. She's won multiple league honors, including being named C-USA's Player of the Year each of the last two seasons.
Memphis outside hitter ALTRESE HAWKINS, no stranger to postseason honors herself, garnered her third First-Team All-Conference recognition. Hawkins averaged 3.53 kills per game in league play along with 3.99 points per set.
For UAB's middle blocker SAM SERLEY and Tulsa's libero JESSICA ADAMS, it's the second time they've been recognized as a First-Team All-Conference performer. Serley led the league in hitting percentage (.391) in league play and blocks per set (1.49). Adams averaged a league-high 5.63 digs per match.
Rice middle blocker NANCY COLE is another repeat recipient of First-Team All-Conference honors. This season, Cole ranked fourth in the league in hitting efficiency (.329), seventh in kills (3.38) and 15th in blocks (0.990) per set. UCF's DELAINA SARDEN also was a force in the middle en route to her all-conference recognition. Sarden ranked second in C-USA in hitting efficiency (.379) and third in league play in blocks (1.24) per set.
Houston's KATE NORRIS
was an intimidating presence on the outside, as she racked up 223 kills in league action this year for an average of 3.78 kills per set. SMU's CAROLINE YOUNG
and Marshall's LAURA DER
both had an uncanny ability to find open spots on the court. They ranked first and third, respectively, in service aces per match. Der also ranks second for most kills per set, averaging 4.56 while Young is eight at 3.23.
And UTEP teammates JEANE HORTON and XITLALI HERRERA both earned first-team recognition in helping the Miners lead the league in hitting percentage (.242). Herrera ranked sixth among C-USA players with a personal .322 average, followed by Horton's .273 for 12th best. The duo also appears in the top 10 in kills per set as Horton accounts for 4.19, third most, and 3.13 kps is provided by Herrera.
Rice teammates JILLIAN HUMPHREY and LAURIE MCNAMARA headline the list of Second-Team All-Conference performers. KELLIE CULBERTSON represents regular-season champion Tulsa on the second-team. Houston's CHANDACE TRYON, SMU's COURTNEY MANNING, Tulane's CORI MARTONE, UAB's RACHEL FAIRBANKS and SAM SKINNER, UCF's ANGELICA CRUMP and UTEP's MALIA PATTERSON were also voted second-team.
UAB's Skinner also appears on the six-member All-Freshman Team. Southern Miss picked up a pair of all-freshmen honorees in LYDIA BONNER and QUINCI HAYWARD. Houston's EMILY HOWARD, Marshall's JILLIAN SHEMANSKI and Tulsa's ASHLEY HOOPER wraps up the league's all-freshman accolades.
2012 CONFERENCE USA VOLLEYBALL POSTSEASON AWARD WINNERS
ALL-CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM
Katie Norris, Sr., OH, Houston
Laura Der, Jr., OH, Marshall
Altrese Hawkins, Sr., OH, Memphis
Nancy Cole, Sr., MB, Rice
Megan Murphy, RJr., S, Rice
Caroline Young, So., OH, SMU
Jessica Adams, Sr., L, Tulsa
Tyler Henderson, Sr., OH, Tulsa
Sam Serley, Sr., MB, UAB
DeLaina Sarden, So., MB, UCF
Jeane Horton, Jr., OH, UTEP
Xitlali Herrera, Jr., MB, UTEP
ALL-CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM
Chandace Tryon, Sr., MB, Houston
Jillian Humphrey, So., MB, Rice
Laurie McNamara, Sr., OH, Rice
Courtney Manning, Sr., MB, SMU
Cori Martone, Jr.,MB/OH, Tulane
Kellie Culbertson, Jr., OH, Tulsa
Rachel Fairbanks, Jr., L, UAB
Sam Skinner, Fr., UAB
Angelica Crump, Jr., OH, UCF
Malia Patterson, Jr., S, UTEP
Emily Howard, MB, Houston
Jillian Shemanski, MB, Marshall
Lydia Bonner, OH, Southern Miss
Quinci Hayward, MB, Southern Miss
Ashley Hooper, MB, Tulsa
Sam Skinner, OH/MB, UAB