C-USA Announces Volleyball All-Conference and Individual Award Winners
Nov. 23, 2010
IRVING, Texas - Conference USA has announced its 2010 all-conference first and second teams and all-freshman squad as well as specialty award winners for volleyball as selected by the league's 12 head coaches.
Tulsa (29-2, 19-0 C-USA) won the Conference USA regular season title and a bid to the upcoming NCAA Championship. The Golden Hurricane is led by C-USA Coach of the Year Ed Allen, Player of the Year Tyler Henderson and Setter of the Year Jordan Clampitt, as well as a league-best six all-conference selections. Allen has guided Tulsa to its third conference title (two regular season and one tournament) and the program's second NCAA berth.
Sophomores Henderson and Clampitt were also selected to the All-Conference USA first team as the duo leads the NCAA in kills (6.26) and assists (13.11) per set, respectively. Henderson, a two-time all-conference first team pick, also tops the national chart with 6.74 points per set. Senior OH Hannah Stout and sophomore L Jessica Adams repeated their All-C-USA second team honors from a year ago, while sophomore OH Dana Silva picked up her first all-conference accolade. Appearing on the all-freshman team for Tulsa was MB Elizabeth Kale.
For the third consecutive year, Tracey Lam of Rice has been voted the Libero of the Year, marking just the second time in league history an individual has won the award three times. Cincinnati's Trish Ladusaw did so from 2000-02. Lam ranks fourth in the nation in digs per set with an average of 5.75 and has been named to back-to-back all-conference first teams. The senior sports a school-record 2,368 career digs, a figure that ranks second best in C-USA annals. Earning All-C-USA second team merits for the Owls were junior Ashleigh McCord and sophomore Nancy Cole.
Taking C-USA Freshman of the Year honors was Tulane's Cori Martone. The rookie averages 2.45 kills and 2.98 points per set for the Green Wave. She was also named to the all-freshman team, while teammate Izabela Grot was voted to the All-C-USA second team after leading the club with 3.24 kills and 3.62 points per set.
SMU ranks second in the conference standings and will finish the season with a program-best 25 victories (25-5, 17-2 C-USA). The Mustangs placed five players on the all-conference teams, two on the first list and three on the second. Junior OH Dana Powell and senior OH Kathryn Wilkerson were named to the All-C-USA first team, after ranking among the Top 15 in the league in kills and digs per set. Earning second team merits were juniors S Kelli Becerra and OH Jessica Oliver plus sophomore MB Courtney Manning.
Houston and Southern Miss each placed two student-athletes on the all-conference first team. Juniors Ashley Mell and Kelsea Seymour are two-time All-C-USA first teamers as the duo led Southern Miss to the 2009 C-USA regular season title. Mell ranks second in the league in kills per set with an average of 4.43, while Seymour, 2009 C-USA Co-Setter of the Year, dishes out 11.06 assists per set for second-best in C-USA.
With the addition of first year head coach Molly Alvey and the duo of MB Lucy Charuk and MB Chandace Tryon Houston has returned to the top of the league standings. The Cougars have gone from a 6-10 C-USA team a year ago, to a 13-6 program and a third-place finish in the league. Charuk, a redshirt junior, was an All-C-USA first team selection in 2008, prior to missing the 2009 campaign with an injury. The 2009 C-USA Preseason Player of the Year ranks 29th in the NCAA in blocks per set with a 1.26 average, while Tryon's hitting efficiency of .363 is 41st in the nation and is a league best.
Rounding out the All-C-USA first teamers are Marshall senior OH Elizabeth Herman and Memphis sophomore OH/RS Altrese Hawkins. UAB sophomore MB Sam Serley and UCF senior OH Kristin Fisher concludes the All-C-USA second team. This is Herman's and Fisher's first all-conference honor, while Hawkins and Serley appeared on the 2009 All-C-USA Freshman Team.
In addition to Martone and Kale, the 2010 All-Freshman Team also includes two players from UTEP in MB Jeane Horton and OH Melissa Toth as well as OH Ally Slaughter of UAB and MB Nichole Riedel of UCF.
The following is a list of all-conference honorees and specialty award winners for the 2010 C-USA volleyball season.
2010 CONFERENCE USA VOLLEYBALL POSTSEASON AWARD WINNERS
ALL FRESHMAN TEAM
INDIVIDUAL AWARD WINNERS
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
SETTER OF THE YEAR
LIBERO OF THE YEAR
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
COACH OF THE YEAR