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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 Major 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 BiologyRead More
Honorable 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.Read More