Southland announces all conference volleyball teams
Houston Baptist, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi land four selections each to lead the conference
FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston’s Ashley Lewis is the 2020 Southland Conference Volleyball Player of the Year, the league announced Tuesday. Lewis was also named a first-team all-conference selection as the Southland All-Conference rosters were announced along with the league’s individual superlative awards. All Southland superlative honors are presented by Ready Nutrition.
Houston Baptist and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi produced four selections apiece to lead the 10 schools represented on the Southland All-Conference rosters. Conference regular-season champion Stephen F. Austin earned a trio of selections, followed by Central Arkansas, Sam Houston and Southeastern Louisiana, which each registered two honorees apiece. Abilene Christian, UIW, McNeese and New Orleans round out the rosters with one selection each.
Lewis was named the Southland Player of the Year after pacing the Bearkats to a 10-2 record and leading the league in kills (204), kills per set (4.34) and points (232.5). Sam Houston played a conference-only schedule, where she averaged 13.28 attacks per set, a mark that ranks fourth in the NCAA this season. Lewis has played in all 47 of the Bearkats’ sets, starting in all 12 matches and recording nine double-double performances. In her senior season, she pushed the ‘Kats to the No. 2 seed in this week’s Southland Conference Tournament.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Carissa Barnes and Faith Panhans were named Southland Libero of the Year and Setter of the Year, respectively, after helping the Islanders to the No. 4 seed at the Southland Tournament. Barnes leads the conference and ranks 12th in the nation with 33 service aces on the year and averages a stellar 5.87 digs per set for the Islanders. Panhans, a sophomore, ranks second in the league for assists (449) and hitting percentage (.390) and averages 9.85 assists per set. She also racked up one triple-double against UIW (Feb. 25) with 13 kills, 43 assists and 11 digs in just four sets.
UIW’s Chase Jackson was named the league’s Newcomer of the Year after pushing the Cardinals to their first Southland tournament appearance in program history. After transferring from Wichita State, Jackson recorded 112 points and 101 kills in her first season of action with the Cardinals.
Freshman Kailin Newsome made an immediate impact for Southeastern Louisiana, pushing the Lady Lions to the tournament’s No. 3 seed and earning Freshman of the Year and all-conference first team honors along the way. Newsome has been an explosive component of the potent Southeastern Louisiana offense, ranking second in the league in kills per set (4.14) and points (280.5). In addition to Newsome, SLU head coach Jeremy White was named the Katrinka Jo Crawford Coach of the Year. After being selected to finish seventh in preseason polls, White steered his team to a 9-3 conference record and the No. 3 seed at the Southland Tournament, the highest tournament-seeding position in program history.
Each individual Southland Conference superlative award winner and all-conference honoree will be recognized prior to their first match at the 2020 Southland Conference Tournament, which begins Wednesday, March 31, inside Dugan Wellness Center on the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi campus.
Player of the Year: Ashley Lewis, Sam Houston
Freshman of the Year: Kailin Newsome, Southeastern Louisiana
Newcomer of the Year: Chase Jackson, UIW
Libero of the Year: Carissa Barnes, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Setter of the Year: Faith Panhans, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Coach of the Year: Jeremy White, Southeastern Louisiana
|Kate Mueller||Sr.||OH||Abilene Christian||Sugar Land, Texas|
|Bethany Clapp||Jr.||OH||UIW||Corpus Christi, Texas|
|Ashley Lewis2||Sr.||OH/RS||Sam Houston||Houston, Texas|
|Kailin Newsome||Fr.||OH||Southeastern Louisiana||Houston, Texas|
|Taya Mitchell2||Sr.||MB||Stephen F. Austin||Rowlett, Texas|
|Carissa Barnes2||So.||L||Texas A&M-Corpus Christi||Weatherford, Texas|
|Faith Panhans||So.||S||Texas A&M-Corpus Christi||Plano, Texas|
|Jada Allen||Jr.||MB||Houston Baptist||Desoto, Texas|
|Mikayla Vivens3||Sr.||OH||Houston Baptist||San Antonio, Texas|
|Morgan Janda||So.||S||Sam Houston||Katy, Texas|
|Maddie Miller2||Sr.||DS/L||Stephen F. Austin||Lorena, Texas|
|Leah Powell||Fr.||OH||Stephen F. Austin||Copperas Cove, Texas|
|Chloe Simon||Sr.||OH||Texas A&M-Corpus Christi||Katy, Texas|
|Rachel Young2||Jr.||MB||Texas A&M-Corpus Christi||Frisco, Texas|
|Emily Doss2||Sr.||DS/L||Central Arkansas||Springdale, Ark.|
|Bailey Waddington||Sr.||S||Central Arkansas||San Angelo, Texas|
|Ebonie Ballesteros||Jr.||MB||Houston Baptist||El Paso, Texas|
|Ellie Wipf||So.||S||Houston Baptist||New Braunfels, Texas|
|Regan Stiawalt||Jr.||OH||McNeese||Ness City, Kan.|
|Shelby Pullins||R-Sr.||MB||New Orleans||Detroit, Mich.|
|Crispin Adams||So.||MB||Southeastern Louisiana||Brookshire, Texas|
2 – Two-Time Selection
3 – Three-Time Selection
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