Ann Hollas Named 2018 Volleyball Student-Athlete of the Year

first_img Caroline Sheaff Sam Houston State Jr. Willis, Texas 3.95 Animal Science Class Hollas, Cunningham, Haley Coleman, Madison Green and Kayla Davenport comprise the group of Southland student-athletes who were named CoSIDA Academic All-District. Hollas earned her way to a First Team Academic All-America spot, marking the first volleyball student-athlete to accomplish the feat in Southland Conference history. Green and Davenport were voted CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-America. Kayla Davenport#, % Houston Baptist Gr. Columbus, Texas 4.00 Kinesiology/Sport Management GPA Savannah Allen Central Arkansas Sr. St. Catherines, Ontario 3.19 General Science Cunningham, Anderson, Coleman, Smith and Northwestern State’s Channing Burleson are making their third appearances to the Southland all-academic roster. Hollas, Green and UNO’s Kaitlyn Grice are making their second selection to the all-academic squad. Madison Wallace1 Sam Houston State Sr. Pasadena, Texas 3.52 Public Health 2018 Southland Conference Volleyball All-Academic Teams Ann Hollas ^, 1, 2, #, % Stephen F. Austin Jr. Longview, Texas 4.00 Biology Keegan Nelms McNeese Jr. Santa Fe, Texas 3.68 Nursing University Kendall Bosse1 Abilene Christian Sr. Ingram, Texas 3.73 Composite Interdisciplinary Hometown Rachel Young A&M-Corpus Christi So. Frisco, Texas 4.00 Undecided Samantha Anderson1, 3 Central Arkansas Sr. Tyler, Texas 3.79 Elementary Education Hannah Brister Northwestern State So. Paincourtville, La. 3.42 Health and Exercise Science Madison Green1, 2, #, % A&M-Corpus Christi Jr. Dripping Springs, Texas 4.00 Biology Haley Coleman1, 3, # Stephen F. Austin Sr. Rockwall, Texas 3.94 Kinesiology Majorcenter_img Channing Burleson1,3 Northwestern State Sr. Midland, Texas 3.66 Nursing (BSN) Mikai Brown Abilene Christian Sr. Longview, Texas 3.96 Nursing FRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin junior setter Ann Hollas is the 2018 Southland Conference Volleyball Student-Athlete of the Year, Southland officials announced Monday along with its all-academic teams. All yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition. Taylor Cunningham1, 3, # Sam Houston State Sr. Huntsville, Texas 3.84 Accounting Jacey Smith3 Abilene Christian Sr. Wimberley, Texas 3.90 Kinesiology Among the 18 all-academic honorees, Abilene Christian, Central Arkansas and Sam Houston State lead the way landing three selections each. ACU student-athletes include Kendall Bosse, Mikai Brown and Jacey Smith. Sam Houston State is represented by 2018 Southland Conference Player of the Year Taylor Cunningham, who was named a first team selection alongside Madison Wallace and second team honoree Caroline Sheaff. Central Arkansas’ Samantha Anderson earned her way to a first team spot while her teammates Savannah Allen and Bailey Waddington were named to the all-academic second team. Of the 12 first team recipients on the first team all-academic squad, 10 are automatic selections. Between both all-academic teams, four players have claimed a perfect 4.00 GPA, including Hollas and Houston Baptist’s Davenport and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Green and Rachel Young. Second Team Name ^2018 Southland Volleyball Student-Athlete of the Year1All-Conference First Team selection2Two-time all-academic selection3Three-time all-academic selection#CoSIDA Academic All-District%CoSIDA Academic All-America Hollas makes the Southland All-Academic team for the second time in her collegiate career after helping the Ladyjacks to 2018 Southland Conference regular-season and tournament titles. The Longview, Texas native was earned first team all-conference accolades after playing a crucial role for the SFA squad that concluded the season with a 32-3 overall record and a perfect 16-0 mark in conference play. Hollas maintains a flawless 4.00 grade point average as a biology major and was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District and All-America teams for her efforts on the court and in the classroom. Hollas dealt out 754 assists for the Ladyjacks this season for a 6.53 average. She also notched a pair of triple-doubles, one of which led to a three-game sweep over Houston Baptist in the semifinal round of the Southland Conference Tournament. CoSIDA Academic All-District/All-American selections and First Team All-Conference athletes who meet all-academic nomination criteria are automatically named First Team All-Academic. The Southland Conference awards committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the 13-member universities, selected the student-athlete of the year. The Southland student-athlete of the year award is presented to the one student-athlete who achieves excellence in both academics and athletics. All nominees shall have earned at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale and demonstrated athletics achievement for at least two years at the nominating institution. The all-academic teams are voted on by the head coaches, sports information directors and academic advisors from each Southland Conference university. Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competition, to qualify for the all-academic squad. Northwestern State, Stephen F. Austin and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi each landed two student-athletes each on the all-academic rosters. Kaitlyn Grice2 New Orleans Sr. Valrico, Fla. 3.92 Biological Sciences First Team Name University Class Hometown GPA Major Bailey Waddington Central Arkansas So. San Angelo, Texas 3.87 Biologylast_img read more

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McNeese’s McKenzie, Abilene Christian’s Melgar Earn Weekly Track & Field Honors

first_imgHonorable Mention: Alanna Arvie, McNeese; Caitlan Lennon, Stephen F. Austin; Tay Nance, Houston Baptist The junior also holds the top spot in the 400-meter hurdles, thanks to her 1:00.92 time and race win at the same meet. Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week: Grace McKenzie, McNeese – Jr. – Cork, IrelandMcKenzie took first place in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 13.65 seconds – a mark that is second-best in the Southland this year, behind her own top mark of 13.63. McKenzie raced to victories in both the 100- and 400-meter hurdles at the McNeese Spring Time Classic in Lake Charles, La., this past weekend. The pair of wins come after last week’s announcement that the Cork, Ireland, native was chosen as the 2019 Southland Conference Indoor Track & Field Student-Athlete of the Year. Abilene Christian’s Melgar, a Tempe, Ariz., native, thrilled hometown fans over the weekend by winning in the shot put competition with a toss of 16.54 meters (54-feet-0.35 inches), edging teammate Annina Brandenburg (15.44 m/50-08.00). It was the first time the Wildcat competed for Abilene Christian in Tempe. In addition to her win, Melgar finished fifth in the discus premiere with a throw of 172-1 and ninth in the hammer premiere with a 172-5 toss. Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week: Kayla Melgar, Abilene Christian – Sr. – Tempe, ArizonaMelgar, a senior, claimed the shot put competition at the Sun Angel Classic. Her winning throw is the 13th-best in the NCAA in 2019 and is tops in the Southland this season. Honorable Mention: Gracie Hyde, Central Arkansas; Brittany Innis, Stephen F. Austin The honors are the first weekly awards for either school’s women’s athletes in the outdoor track & field season. FRISCO, Texas – McNeese’s Grace McKenzie and Abilene Christian’s Kayla Melgar are the Southland Conference Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

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Week Seven Selections Announced for Southland Football

first_imgNo. 19/19 Southeastern Louisiana is also 2-0 in league play and will host UIW on Oct. 12 for a 4 p.m. contest on ESPN+. McNeese visits No. 10/15 Central Arkansas for a 4 p.m. kick from Conway in the ESPN+ Southland Game of the Week.Cox Sports Television is set to provide regional coverage of Northwestern State at No. 15/12 Nicholls at 3 p.m. ESPN+ will simulcast the production outside CST’s territory. *Southland Conference Game**All Times Central Abilene Christian will host surging Houston Baptist, which cracked the FCS coaches poll at No. 25 this week, on ESPN3 for a 6 p.m. CT kickoff. FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference and its television partners have announced game selections and start times for football contests to be played on Saturday, Oct. 12.Four Southland Conference league games will be features on ESPN+ this week, beginning with Lamar at Sam Houston State for a 2 p.m. kick. The Cardinals picked up a 41-23 win in Beaumont last season, when LU earned its first FCS postseason berth, but Sam Houston is off to a 2-0 start in conference play and holds a 28-11-1 advantage in the series. Programming on ESPN+ includes hundreds of MLB, NHL and MLS games, thousands of college sports events (including football, basketball and multiple other sports from more than 15 conferences), exclusive Top Rank boxing, UFC (beginning in 2019), Grand Slam tennis, international and domestic rugby, cricket, new and exclusive documentary films and series, acclaimed studio shows and the full library of ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 films. Fans subscribe to ESPN+ for $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and cancel at any time. About ESPN+ ESPN+ is the premium multi-sport, direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment in conjunction with ESPN. It offers fans thousands of additional live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks. Saturday, October 12* Lamar at Sam Houston State, 2 p.m., ESPN+* Northwestern State at Nicholls, 3 p.m., Cox Sports Television/ESPN+* UIW at Southeastern Louisiana, 4 p.m., ESPN+* McNeese at Central Arkansas, 4 p.m., ESPN+* Houston Baptist at Abilene Christian, 6 p.m., ESPN3 ESPN+ is an integrated part of the ESPN App, the leading sports app and the premier all-in-one digital sports platform for fans. The ESPN App is a showcase of the company’s culture of innovation, delivering a rich, personalized experience that curates all of ESPN’s incredible content around each fan’s individual tastes. ESPN+ is also available through ESPN.com.last_img read more

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Broncos name Marshall in their squad for the Auckland Nines

first_imgNew signing Benji Marshall will feature up in the backline alongside other star names including Anthony Milford, James Roberts and Darius Boyd.With the likes of Adam Blair, Andrew McCullogh and Matt Gillett also selected it’s hard to see the side struggling this year.The Broncos will fancy their chances in a group with the Melbourne Storm, Newcastle Knights and Wests Tigers. BRONCOS’ NRL AUCKLAND NINES SQUADAlex BarrAdam BlairDarius BoydGerome BurnsMitch CroninMatt GillettJordan KahuSam LaveaMatiu Love-HenryBenji MarshallAndrew McCulloughAnthony MilfordFrancis MoloCorey OatesJonus PearsonJames RobertsGehamat ShibasakiJaydn Su’Alast_img read more

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Foran signs three-year deal with Bulldogs

first_imgThe Kiwi International and former NRL premiership winner will join the Bulldogs at the end of this season.”We are delighted to have secured the services of Kieran for the next three seasons,” Bulldogs chief executive Raelene Castle said.”He is a highly experienced and talented play-maker who will be a great asset to our team. We look forward to Kieran joining up with us leading into next year’s campaign.”Coach Des Hasler was also looking forward to the 26 year-old joining up with the club.”I know that family was a determining priority in Kieran’s decision,” Hasler said. “He could have chosen to go to a handful of Sydney clubs, so we are pleased that he has chosen to continue his career at the Bulldogs.”last_img read more

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Holmes bringing extra bite to Sharks attack

first_imgWhile Sharks five-eighth Maloney will dictate much of Cronulla’s attack in their clash with Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night Boyd has also been carefully monitoring the development of Holmes into one of the NRL’s most dangerous attacking fullbacks.Kangaroos team-mates in last year’s Four Nations tour of England and Queensland centre and wing partners in the second game of this year’s Origin series, Boyd and Holmes will face off on Friday night as their respective teams seek to secure their place in the top four for at least another week.As the competition marvelled at Holmes’ development in Cronulla’s premiership-winning season last year in which he scored 19 tries, Boyd wondered when they gathered together in the green and gold just what kind of 21-year-old he would be playing alongside.Holmes was one of eight players barred from representing Queensland in 2016 after breaking curfew at a pre-season camp but more than his many on-field attributes it was his demeanour off the field that most impressed the Broncos captain.”Sometimes young kids coming in can be excused for being a bit sure of themselves, especially with all the things he’d done like winning a comp,” Boyd told NRL.com.”But he is very level-headed kind of bloke and seemed four or five years older than his actual age.”I was pretty impressed to be honest. He wanted to learn, he wanted to be better, he was asking questions and for a guy that’s just got picked for Australia and won a comp…”Sometimes you think you’ve already made it and you don’t need that so I was really impressed with him actually.”I just liked that he was very composed. You can tell nothing fazes him whether he’s playing Origin or playing for Australia or playing in a grand final.”For a young kid he just seemed ready to accept the next challenge and I was really impressed.”Prior to the 2017 season Holmes had played only four of his NRL games at fullback and while his representative jerseys have come on the wing he has established himself as the Sharks’ No.1 option at the back.In addition to his elusive running game Boyd has noticed a significant improvement in Holmes’s passing, making him a double threat against the Broncos on Friday night.”Val’s only gotten better and better as the year has gone on, especially playing fullback,” said Boyd, who plays his 132nd game for the Broncos this week.”He’s definitely developed that pass in his game so he’s got that running ability which he’s very strong at and with his passing now too so he’s definitely a danger for us.”A self-confessed footy nerd, Boyd sent time on Thursday with the rest of the Broncos spine reviewing tape of the Sharks and the attacking shapes that they like to throw at teams.Where Maloney will be on the field at any given time is still the primary indicator for Boyd’s organisation of the Brisbane defensive line but he is also wary of keeping tabs on where Holmes might bob up in attack.”If Jimmy Maloney’s back he’ll be a big key,” said Boyd.”I haven’t seen them play a lot lately so we’ll have to do a bit of video and see what their shapes are but from memory they play like to play a lot of seven, six, one stuff together which means we’ll have to shore up our defensive line on that side.”Every team has that key kind of guy but then again there are ways that teams structure their plays where they always play the fullback’s side. That gives you a bit of a gauge as to where you need to put an extra man or I might have to fill in the line for a set.”As a spine we get together and have a bit of a look at things and that’s probably where I’ll pick up a few things that I think we can focus on in the game.”last_img read more

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Hunter Borana out with ankle injury

first_imgWhen asked  about his injury he said: “It’s just the twisted ankle so I’ll be out for about two weeks ,I’m just concentrating on my recovery at the moment and hopefully I get better soon”.Borana was part of the 2014 U19 PNG Nines team that won the Inaugural Commonwealth Rugby League Championship in Glasgow.He was recruited from the Lae based Snax Tigers last year and has been a  consistent performer for the PNG Hunters side especially playing second row.last_img

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Pi and Enith: Valencia’s goal is only 20 years old on average

first_imgValencia’s goal has a great future ahead. Between their two goalkeepers they have an average age of 20 years. María Pi, 22, and Enith Salón, 18, They were vying for ownership after the Dutch Jennifer Vreugdenhil’s farewell in the past winter market.The Netherlands goalkeeper, international U-23, had renewed last summer with the Valencian team for another year, until June 2020. It was his third season at Paterna, being one of the pillars of the team. Nevertheless, the low performance and the lack of involvement with the group made Irene Ferreras begin to opt for the youth teams as starters. So his dismissal was decided, to give the alternative to the players of the house. The goalkeeper left Valencia with 68 games played in Primera Iberdrola and three in the Copa de la Reina. Enith Salón, despite being the youngest, had already debuted last year, playing 33 minutes against Logroño. She was also the first to have a chance this season, in September 2019. Moncada’s team has played a total of five games, conceding six goals. Of course, he left his goal to zero up to two times, reaching the U-19. MPi aria took longer to debut and it was not until December when the alternative came, with Ferreras still on the bench. Sagunto’s side has played a total of six games, also conceding six goals, one per match he has played, plus the Queen’s Cup match against Deportivo, which ended with a blushing win (7-2).last_img read more

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Casillas, enigmatic: “A very special day in my life is coming”

first_imgIn fact, exercising as president of the Federation is incompatible with being a professional soccer player. To do this, he must first win the elections, although he is expected to announce his decision before that. Meanwhile, next June his contract with Porto expires, so if he wants to continue, he would need to reach an agreement with his current club. In four days, the date that Casillas uses as a reference, it is a year since he suffered a heart attack that has since distanced him from the playing fields. Back then, doctors gave him a year to make the final decision for his sports career. Beyond that, the goalkeeper has already dropped on occasion that the withdrawal from the world of football as he had lived until that fateful day was about to fall. The enigmatic message from Iker Casillas. Iker Casillas has published an enigmatic tweet, which has been deleted just a few minutes later. The candidate for the elections of the Royal Spanish Football Federation wrote the following: “Week important to me personally, a very special day in my life is coming. Many memories are crowded in my head, the first one, that September 12, 1999 when I made my debut as goalkeeper of the Real Madrid first team. Four days … # 1Year ago. “last_img read more

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