2021 All-Southland Conference volleyball teams announced
Ladyjacks grab league-leading four superlative honors and seven all-conference spots
FRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin’s Kassidy Wilbur is the 2021 Southland Conference Softball Player of the Year, the league announced Monday, along with its all-conference teams and additional superlative honors. Southland yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition.
Wilbur headlined the list of Southland honorees, claiming Pitcher of the Year honors along with her Player of the Year award. The junior was electric in the circle for the Ladyjacks, leading the Southland with a 0.86 ERA and ranking second in the nation with 13 shutouts ahead of postseason play. Wilbur set a program record with 29 wins, a mark that ranks first among all NCAA Division I pitchers. She has doled out 253 strikeouts so far this season to rank sixth in the nation and has 21 complete-game performances on the year. In addition to her Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year awards, Wilbur was named a first team all-conference selection.
The Ladyjacks cleaned up in the superlative awards as Shaylon Govan was also crowned the Southland Hitter of the Year in addition to being named a first-team selection at first base. She closed out the regular season with a league-leading 51 RBI and 15 home runs. Govan racked up an .802 slugging percentage to go along with a .397 batting average. Of her 52 hits on the season, 23 have gone for extra bases, resulting in 105 total bases on the year. The sophomore has also tabbed a .515 on-base percentage and 36 runs through 44 appearances for Stephen F. Austin.
SFA head coach Nicole Dickson was named the Southland Coach of the Year after leading her squad to a 34-10 overall record and a 25-2 mark in conference play. Dickson’s team secured the Southland regular-season championship, its second in program history. The ‘Jacks currently rank among the nation’s top-25 in four categories, including 10th in shutouts (15), 11th in fielding percentage (.979), 21st in ERA (1.97) and 25th in winning percentage (.780).
Central Arkansas’ Jenna Wildeman claimed Southland Freshman of the Year after pushing the Bears to a 21-6 conference record and the No. 2 seed at the Southland Conference Tournament. Wildeman leads the league with 67 hits on the season, averages 1.06 stolen bases per game and stands first in the country with 56 stolen bases. The outfielder was named a first team all-conference selection for the Bears.
Jenna Edwards shined bright in the circle for McNeese throughout the 2021 campaign, putting in 91 innings of work to be named the Southland Newcomer of the Year. After transferring to McNeese from Valparaiso, Edwards recorded a 7-2 record on 28 appearances and 13 starts. She fanned 67 batters and secured four saves to push the Cowgirls to an 18-8 conference record and the No. 3 seed at the Southland Tournament.
Stephen F. Austin led the way on the all-conference rosters with seven selections, followed by McNeese’s six honorees. Central Arkansas and Southeastern Louisiana each accounted for five spots apiece, while Houston Baptist secured four selections. Northwestern State and Sam Houston each stamped a trio of all-conference honorees, followed by Abilene Christian, Nicholls and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi who each registered one selection.
The 2021 Southland Conference Softball Tournament gets underway at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 11, at North Oak Park in Hammond, La. No. 6 seed Houston Baptist will take on No. 7 seed Sam Houston in game one, followed by tournament host and No. 5 seed Southeastern Louisiana against No. 8 Abilene Christian in game two. Each game at the tournament will be broadcast exclusively on ESPN+.
2021 All-Southland Conference Softball Teams
Player of the Year: Kassidy Wilbur, Stephen F. Austin
Hitter of the Year: Shaylon Govan, Stephen F. Austin
Pitcher of the Year: Kassidy Wilbur, Stephen F. Austin
Freshman of the Year: Jenna Wildeman, Central Arkansas
Newcomer of the Year: Jenna Edwards, McNeese
Coach of the Year: Nicole Dickson, Stephen F. Austin
|1B||Shaylon Govan||Stephen F. Austin||So.||Katy, Texas|
|2B||Bryana Novegil2||Stephen F. Austin||Sr.||Houston, Texas|
|3B||Haylee Brinlee||McNeese||So.||Rosepine, La.|
|SS||Cori McCrary2||McNeese||Sr.||McCarley, Miss.|
|C||Heidi Jaquez||Houston Baptist||Sr.||Wharton, Texas|
|UT||E.C. Delafield2||Northwestern State||Jr.||Stonewall, La.|
|DP||Mackenzie Bennett||Stephen F. Austin||Jr.||Santee, Calif.|
|OF||Jenna Wildeman||Central Arkansas||R-Fr.||Bentonville, Ark.|
|OF||Megan McDonald2||Sam Houston||Sr.||Georgetown, Texas|
|OF||Aeriyl Mass||Southeastern Louisiana||Jr.||Lake Charles, La.|
|P||Kayla Beaver||Central Arkansas||R-Fr.||Jackson, Tenn.|
|P||Kassidy Wilbur2||Stephen F. Austin||Jr.||Bridge City, Texas|
|1B||Kaylyn Shepherd2||Central Arkansas||R-Sr.||Mechanicsville, Va.|
|2B||Mary Kate Brown||Central Arkansas||R-Fr.||Atkins, Ark.|
|3B||Lindsey Rizzo||Southeastern Louisiana||Jr.||Watson, La.|
|SS||Camryn Middlebrook||Stephen F. Austin||So.||Round Rock, Texas|
|C||Hannah Scheaffer||Sam Houston||Fr.||Cypress, Texas|
|UT||Gaby Garcia||Stephen F. Austin||So.||Southlake, Texas|
|DP||Kaylee Lopez2||McNeese||So.||Indian Bayou, La.|
|OF||Donelle Johnson||Abilene Christian||R-Sr.||McKinney, Texas|
|OF||Jil Poullard||McNeese||Fr.||Moss Bluff, La.|
|OF||Audrey Greely||Southeastern Louisiana||Fr.||Geismar, La.|
|P||Jordan Johnson||Central Arkansas||R-So.||Paola, Kan.|
|P||Whitney Tate||McNeese||Fr.||Columbia, La.|
|1B||Caitlyn Brockway||Houston Baptist||So.||Tomball, Texas|
|2B||Cayla Jones3||Northwestern State||Jr.||Missouri City, Texas|
|3B||Alex Hedspeth||Stephen F. Austin||Jr.||Lockhart, Texas|
|SS||Ashlyn Reavis||Nicholls||Fr.||Paris, Texas|
|C||Chloe Gomez||McNeese||Fr.||Spring, Texas|
|UT||Jasie Roberts||Houston Baptist||R-Fr.||Pasadena, Texas|
|DP||Anna Rodenberg||Southeastern Louisiana||Sr.||Thibodaux, La.|
|OF||Kaitlyn St. Clair||Northwestern State||Sr.||Cypress, Texas|
|OF||Sheridan Fisher||Sam Houston||Jr.||Cypress, Texas|
|OF||Pal Egan||A&M-Corpus Christi||So.||Bakersfield, Calif.|
|P||Lyndie Swanson||Houston Baptist||R-Fr.||Katy, Texas|
|P||Heather Zumo||Southeastern Louisiana||Jr.||Baton Rouge, La.|
2 Two-time all-conference selection
3 Three-time all-conference selection
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