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Nov. 18, 2013

Courtesy of The Southland Conference (www.southland.org).

FRISCO, Texas - The Southland Conference, as part of its year-long 50th Anniversary commemoration, has announced its All-Time Volleyball Honor Roll. The announcement comes prior to the Southland's 32nd Volleyball Tournament, to be held Friday through Sunday in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The honor roll includes 83 volleyball student-athletes that have impacted the sport since the league began sponsorship of the sport in 1982. The team includes all former players that earned multiple All-Southland first-team honors, as well as a number of other standouts. Additionally, seven coaches were recognized for their historic contributions to the sport.

"Volleyball has been a fantastic sport in the Southland for more than three decades, and we've seen our teams participate at the highest levels, including the NCAA national championship," league commissioner Tom Burnett said. "We've had a great combination of coaching legends and standout student-athletes, and we expect that to continue for a very long time."

The Honor Roll includes a pair of four-time All-Southland Conference first-team student-athletes, Katie Weismiller (1983-86) and Ana DeOliveira (1985-88), both from UT Arlington. Weismiller was the 1984 and 1985 Southland Player of the Year, and is also one of only two four-time All-Southland tournament picks. She remains the conference's all-time leader in service aces (266) and assists (5,769). DeOliveira was the 1987 and 1988 Southland Player of the Year, as well as the 1985 Newcomer of the Year. Like Weismiller, she was also a four-time All-Southland Tournament selection, earning MVP honors in 1987 and 1988.

Weismiller and DeOlivera helped lay the groundwork in making UT Arlington a nationally-ranked program in the late 1980s, as the Lady Mavericks played in the 1988 NCAA Division I South Regional championship match, and then outdone by a trip to the 1989 NCAA Volleyball Final Four.


 

 

The UTA coaches named to the honor roll, Lisa Love (Southland tenure: 1982-88) and Cathy George (1989-93) directed the team to national accolades during that era, winning a combined nine Southland Coach of the Year honors and coaching a combined 24 first-team all-conference picks and six players of the year. Five other legendary coaches were honor roll selections, including Karen Chisum (1987-2011) of Texas State, Katrinka Jo Crawford of Lamar (1982-86) and Texas-San Antonio (1996-2001), Brenda Gray (1987-current) of Sam Houston State, Debbie Humphreys (1988-current) of Stephen F. Austin and Steven McRoberts (2006-10) of Central Arkansas.

Including Weismiller and DeOliveira, UT Arlington placed the most student-athletes on the All-Time Honor Roll with 16. Stephen F. Austin added 13, followed by Texas State with 12, Texas-San Antonio with eight, Lamar and Sam Houston State with seven each, McNeese State with five, Central Arkansas with four, Louisiana-Monroe and Oral Roberts with two, and Northwestern State, Southeastern Louisiana, Louisiana-Lafayette, Texas-A&M-Corpus Christi and North Texas with one each.

To best assess the candidate pool for the All-Time Honor Roll, the Southland Conference developed a metric that analyzed numerous elements of a student-athlete's performance and value within the league at the time she played. Most notably, the conference honored "real-time" factors such as all-conference/all-tournament selections by coaches and a player's individual honors and statistical performance among her peers.

Southland Conference 50th Anniversary
All-time Volleyball Honor Roll (83 student-athletes)

Molli Abel, Lamar
2007 Player of the Year... 2007 All-Southland first team selection... 2007 Southland All-Tournament pick

McKenzie Adams, Texas-San Antonio
2011 All-Southland first team selection... 2011 Southland All-Tournament pick... 2011 Newcomer of the Year

Amanda Aguilera, UT Arlington
A two-time All-Southland first team selection (2008, 10)

Shenequa Bedford, Texas State
2000 Player of the Year... A two-time All-Southland first team selection (1999, 00)... Also a two-time Southland All-Tournament pick (1998, 99)

Jackie Bennett, UT Arlington
A two-time All-Southland first team selection (1987, 88)... A member of UTA's 1988 NCAA South Region finalist team

Natasha Biggers, Texas-San Antonio
A two-time All-Southland first team selection (1998, 00)... 2000 All-Tournament pick

Liz Blue, Lamar
1983 Player of the Year... 1983 All-Southland first team selection... 1983 Southland All-Tournament pick

Jessica Bowlin, UT Arlington
A two-time All-Southland first team selection (1997, 98)

Carol Bozikis, UT Arlington
2001 Newcomer of the Year... 2001 Southland All-Tournament pick... 2001 Tournament MVP

Kimberly Brewer, Texas State
A two-time All-Southland first team selection (1990, 92)... Also a two-time Southland All-Tournament pick (1990, 91)

Kaci Brewer, Lamar
2007 All-Southland first team selection... 2008 Southland All-Tournament pick... 2008 Tournament MVP

Shannon Browning, McNeese State
1992 All-Southland first team selection... 1992 and 1993 All-Tournament pick

Brittany Burton, Stephen F. Austin
2004 Player of the Year... A two-time All-Southland first team selection (2003, 04)... Also a two-time Southland All-Tournament pick (2003, 04)

Amber Calhoun, Texas State
2011 Player of the Year... A two-time All-Southland first team selection (2009, 11)... 2011 All-Tournament pick... 2011 Tournament MVP

Caley Carter, Nicholls State
2003 Player of the Year... 2003 Newcomer of the Year... 2003 All-Southland first team selection... 2003 Southland All-Tournament pick... 2003 Tournament MVP

Veronica Carter, Lamar
A two-time All-Southland first team selection (1984, 85)... Also a two-time Southland All-Tournament pick (1984, 85)

Kim Coffey, North Texas
1995 Player of the Year... 1995 All-Southland first team selection... 1995 Southland All-Tournament pick... 1995 Tournament MVP... 1994 Newcomer of the Year

Marissa Collins, Central Arkansas
A two-time All-Southland first team selection (2010, 12)... Also a two-time Southland All-Tournament pick (2010, 12)... 2010 Freshman of the Year... 2010 and 2012 Setter of the Year

Laura Cramer, Stephen F. Austin
2005 Player of the Year... 2005 All-Southland first team selection

Jennifer Cron, Sam Houston State
1996 All-Southland first team selection... 1996 Southland All-Tournament pick... 1996 Tournament MVP

Torie Dacus, UT Arlington
A two-time All-Southland first team selection (2006, 07)

Meagan Daniel, Texas-San Antonio
A three-time All-Southland first team selection (2003, 04, 05)... 2003 Freshman of the Year

Amari Deardorff, Texas State
A two-time All-Southland first team selection (2010, 11)

Ana deOliveira, UT Arlington
1987 and 1988 Player of the Year... 1985 Newcomer of the Year... One of only two four-time All-Southland first-team selection (1985, 86, 87, 88)... Also one of only two four-time Southland All-Tournament picks (1985, 86, 87, 88)... 1987 and 1988 Tournament MVP... A member of UTA's 1988 NCAA South Region finalist team

Stacey DiFrancesco, Northwestern State
2012 All-Southland first team selection... 2011 Freshman of the Year

Leslie Dodson, Texas-San Antonio
1992 Player of the Year... 1992 All-Southland first team selection... 1992 Southland All-Tournament pick

Aubrey Duncan, Stephen F. Austin
1994 Player of the Year... A two-time All-Southland first team selection (1993, 94)... A three-time Southland All-Tournament pick (1992, 93, 94)... Southland career leader in block assists (430)

JaNel Edwards, Louisiana-Monroe
A two-time All-Southland first team selection (1984, 85)... Also a two-time Southland All-Tournament pick (1984, 85)

Lynn Edwards, Louisiana-Monroe
A two-time All-Southland first team selection (1987, 88)

Angela Eppers, McNeese State
A two-time All-Southland first team selection (2001, 02)

Colleen Farrell, UT Arlington
1990 All-Southland first team selection... Also a two-time Southland All-Tournament pick (1990, 92)

Anna Ferguson, Sam Houston State
A two-time All-Southland first team selection (2008, 09)

Sheina Fernandes, Oral Roberts
2012 all-SLC first-team and all-Tournament selection

Stephanie Figgers, Stephen F. Austin
2006 Player of the Year... 2004, 2005 and 2005 Libero of the Year... A two-time All-Southland first team selection (2005, 06)... Also a two-time Southland All-Tournament pick (2004, 06)... 2006 Tournament MVP... Southland career leader in digs (2,598)... 2006 AVCA Honorable Mention All-American

Tara Frantz, UT Arlington
A two-time All-Southland first team selection (2009, 11)

Julie Franzen, Sam Houston State
1993 Player of the Year... A two-time All-Southland first team selection (1993, 94)... Also a two-time Southland All-Tournament pick (1993, 94)... 1993 Tournament MVP... Southland season record holder with 1,818 assists in 1994

Sarah Gascon, Southeastern Louisiana
A two-time All-Southland first team selection (2002, 04)... Also named to Southland's 50th Anniversary All-Time Softball Roster as an accomplished third baseman

Anita Greichgauer, Nicholls State
A two-time All-Southland first team selection (1996, 97)... 1997 All-Tournament pick

Jana Harless, Sam Houston State
1994 All-Southland first team selection... 1993 and 1994 All-Tournament pick

Jessica Hays, Central Arkansas
A two-time All-Southland first team selection (2010, 12)... 2012 All-Tournament pick... 2012 Tournament MVP... 2008 Freshman of the Year

Heather Hoy, UT Arlington
1997 Player of the Year... A three-time All-Southland first team selection (1995, 96, 97)... Also a two-time Southland All-Tournament pick (1995, 97)... 1994 Freshman of the Year

Kelsey Jewasko, Texas-San Antonio
A three-time All-Southland first team selection (2008, 10, 11)... 2008 and 2010 Libero of the Year... 2011 All-Tournament pick

Krisna Johnson, Stephen F. Austin
1996 Player of the Year... A three-time All-Southland first team selection (1994, 95, 96)... A three-time Southland All-Tournament pick (1994, 95, 96)... 1994 Tournament MVP... Southland season (729 in 1995) and career (2,107) kills leader... Career leader in total attempts (7,899)

J.J. Jones, Stephen F. Austin
A three-time All-Southland first team selection (2005, 06, 07)... 2004 Freshman of the Year... 2005 and 2006 Setter of the Year

Carli Kolbe, Sam Houston State
A three-time All-Southland first team selection (2009, 10, 11)... 2011 All-Tournament pick

Krystal Kolkhorst, Texas State
2004 All-Southland first team selection... 2004 Southland All-Tournament pick... 2004 Tournament MVP... 2004 Setter of the Year

Tamara Luckemeyer, Texas-San Antonio
1998 and 1999 Player of the Year... A two-time All-Southland first team selection (1998, 99)... Also a two-time Southland All-Tournament pick (1997, 00)... 2000 Tournament MVP

Adrianne Meengs, Lamar
A two-time All-Southland first team selection (2007, 09)... Also a two-time Southland All-Tournament pick (2008, 09)... 2007 Setter of the Year

Carey Mefford, McNeese State
1998 All-Southland first team selection... Also a two-time Southland All-Tournament pick (1996, 98)

Krisha Neimann, Texas State
A two-time All-Southland first team selection (1993, 94)... 1994 All-Tournament pick... 1993 Newcomer of the Year

Shana Neimann, Stephen F. Austin
1999 All-Southland first team selection... 1998 and 1999 All-Tournament pick... 1996 Co-Freshman of the Year

Brooke Newbury, Stephen F. Austin
A two-time All-Southland first team selection (1995, 96)... A three-time Southland All-Tournament pick (1994, 95, 96)

Elizabeth Nwoke, Texas State
A three-time Southland All-Tournament pick (2003, 04, 05)... 2005 Tournament MVP

Amber Pack, UT Arlington
1999 Freshman of the Year... 2001 and 2002 Southland All-Tournament pick... 2002 Tournament MVP

Anissa Parker, McNeese State
A three-time All-Southland first team selection (1998, 99, 00)... Also a two-time Southland All-Tournament pick (1999, 00)... 1997 Newcomer of the Year

Olaya Pazo, UT Arlington
2002 Co-Player of the Year... 2002 All-Southland first team selection... 2002 All-Tournament pick

Lauren Railey, Stephen F. Austin
A two-time All-Southland first team selection (2007, 08)... Also a two-time Southland All-Tournament pick (2006, 07)... 2005 Freshman of the Year

Ruby Randolph, Lamar
1984 Player of the Year... A two-time All-Southland first team selection (1984, 85)... Also a two-time Southland All-Tournament pick (1984, 85)

Michelle Reid, Stephen F. Austin
A 1992 All-Southland first team selection... A three-time Southland All-Tournament pick (1990, 91, 92)

Kristy Rhodes, Stephen F. Austin
2001 Player of the Year... A three-time All-Southland first team selection (1999, 00, 01)... Also a two-time Southland All-Tournament pick (1999, 01)... 1999 Tournament MVP... 1998 Freshman of the Year

Emma Ridley, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
A two-time All-Southland first team selection (2009, 10)... 2009 Newcomer of the Year

Traci Rohde, Stephen F. Austin
A two-time All-Southland first team selection (2006, 07)... 2007 All-Tournament pick

Nicky Rose, Texas State
1997 and 1998 Southland All-Tournament pick... 1998 Tournament MVP

Kendra Rowland, Texas-San Antonio
A two-time All-Southland first team selection (2008, 09)... 2010 All-Tournament pick... 2010 Tournament MVP

Yolanda Royston, Sam Houston State
A two-time All-Southland first team selection (1990, 91)...1990 All-Tournament pick

Natalie Sarver, Lamar
2002 Co-Player of the Year... A two-time All-Southland first team selection (2001, 02)... Also a two-time Southland All-Tournament pick (2000, 02)

Kelsey Schwirtlich, Texas-San Antonio
A two-time All-Southland first team selection (2010, 11)... 2010 All-Tournament pick... 2011 Setter of the Year

Alicia Shaffer, UT Arlington
2011 All-Southland first team selection... 2011 Libero of the Year

Bruna Silva, Oral Roberts
2012 All-Southland first team selection... 2012 Southland All-Tournament pick... 2012 Libero of the Year

Caley Smith, UT Arlington
2001 Freshman of the Year... 2004 Southland All-Tournament pick

Chloe Smith, Central Arkansas
2008, 2009 and 2010 Player of the Year... A three-time All-Southland first team selection (2008, 09, 10)... 2010 All-Tournament pick... 2007 Freshman of the Year

Robyn Smith, Central Arkansas
A three-time All-Southland first team selection (2007, 08, 09)... 2006 Freshman of the Year... 2008 and 2009 Setter of the Year

Trina Stokes, Louisiana-Lafayette
A two-time All-Southland first team selection (1983, 86)... Southland's season (.392 in 1986) and career (.368) hitting percentage leader... Also SLC season leader in block solos (150 in 1986), block assists (223 in 1986) and total blocks (373 in 1986)

Heather Stumbaugh, Stephen F. Austin
A three-time All-Southland first team selection (1997, 98, 99)... 1997 All-Tournament pick

Shawn Sweeten, UT Arlington
1989 Player of the Year... A two-time All-Southland first team selection (1988, 89)... Also a two-time Southland All-Tournament pick (1988, 89)... 1989 Tournament MVP... 1987 Newcomer of the Year... A member of UTA's 1988 NCAA South Regional finalist and 1989 NCAA Volleyball Final Four teams

A.J. Watlington, Texas State
2010 All-Southland first team selection... 2007 and 2008 Southland All-Tournament pick... 2007 Tournament MVP

Amy Weigle, Texas State
A two-time All-Southland first team selection (2007, 08)... 2008 All-Tournament pick

Katie Weismiller, UT Arlington
1984 and 1985 Player of the Year... One of only two four-time All-Southland first-team selection (1983, 84, 85, 86)... Also one of only two four-time Southland All-Tournament picks (1983, 84, 85, 86)... 1986 Tournament MVP... Southland's career leader in service aces (266) and assists (5,769)

Deveney Wells-Gibson, Sam Houston State
2012 Player of the Year... 2012 All-Southland first team selection

Jessica Weynand, Texas State
A two-time All-Southland first team selection (2008, 09)... Also a two-time Southland All-Tournament pick (2007, 09)

Valerie Whitfield, UT Arlington
1990 Player of the Year... A three-time All-Southland first team selection (1990, 91, 92)... Also a two-time Southland All-Tournament pick (1991, 92)... 1992 Tournament MVP... 1990 Newcomer of the Year

Marquita Williams, McNeese State
A two-time All-Southland first team selection (2003, 05)... 2002 Freshman of the Year

Stephanie Winn, Texas State
1991 Player of the Year... 1991 All-Southland first team selection... 1991 All-Tournament pick... 1991 Tournament MVP

All-Time Coaches (Seven)

Karen Chisum, Texas State (Southland Tenure: 1987-2011)
Four-time Southland Coach of the Year (1991, 2000, 03, 11)... Led program to five Southland regular-season championships (1991, 2000, 03, 04, 08)... Also won seven Southland Tournaments in 1991, 98, 2004, 05, 07, 09 and 11, advancing to the NCAA Tournament each time... Coached 28 All-Southland first-team players, three Players of the Year, three Newcomers of the Year and seven Tournament MVPs.

Katrinka Jo Crawford, Lamar (1982-86) and Texas-San Antonio (1996-2001)
Three-time Southland Coach of the Year in 1983 (Lamar), and in 1996 and 1999 (Texas-San Antonio)... Led Texas-San Antonio to 1996 Southland championship... Also won Southland Tournaments in 1983 and 1984 (Lamar) and 2000 (Texas-San Antonio)... Honored posthumously as the namesake of Southland's annual Coach of the Year Award... Coached 13 All-Southland first-team players, four Players of the Year, two Freshmen of the Year and three Newcomers of the Year.

Cathy George, UT Arlington (1989-93)
Three-time Southland Coach of the Year (1989, 90, 92)... Led UTA to Southland regular-season championships in 1989, 1990 and 1992... Also led program to SLC Tournament titles in 1989, 90, 92... Maintained UTA's national standing with a trip to the 1989 NCAA Volleyball Final Four in Honolulu, the only time a Southland team has advanced that far in postseason... Coached nine first-team All-Southland players, two Players of the Year, and three Tournament MVPs.

Brenda Gray, Sam Houston State (1987-Current)
Three-time Southland Coach of the Year (1987, 93, 2012)... Led Sam Houston to 1993 and 2012 Southland championships... Program also won the 1993 and 1996 Southland Tournaments, advancing to the NCAA Tournament each time... Has coached 23 first-team All-Southland players, two Players of the Year and a pair of Tournament MVPs.

Debbie Humphreys, Stephen F. Austin (1988-Current)
Four-time Southland Coach of the Year (1992, 94, 2004, 06)... Led SFA to seven Southland regular-season championships (1994, 95, 96, 2004, 05, 06, 07)... Program has also won four Southland Tournament titles (1994, 97, 99, 2006)... Her 2006 team defeated Alabama in the NCAA Tournament first round... Led team to a record 62 consecutive Southland wins between the 2004-2007 seasons... Has coached 31 first-team All-Southland selections, six Players of the Year, five Freshmen of the Year, four Liberos of the Year, and four Tournament MVPs.

Lisa Love, UT Arlington (1982-88)
Six-time Southland Coach of the Year (1982, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88)... Led UTA to the first seven Southland Conference regular-season championships (1982-88)... Also won five Southland Tournament crowns (1982, 85, 86, 87, 88)... Was undefeated in Southland Conference regular-season play during her tenure (40-0)... Built program into nationally-ranked contender that advanced to 1988 NCAA South Region championship game... Also led UTA to NCAA Tournament wins in 1986 vs. Texas State, and in 1987 against Arizona State... Coached 15 first-team All-Southland selections, four Players of the Year, three Newcomers of the Year and three Tournament MVPs.

Steven McRoberts, Central Arkansas (2006-10)
Three-time Southland Coach of the Year (2008, 09, 10)... Led program to 2009 and 2010 regular-season championships... His overall .734 winning percentage (122-74) is the best for any Southland coach with at least 100 victories.... Coached nine first-team All-Southland selections, three Players of the Year, four Freshmen of the Year and three Setters of the Year.

 

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