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SFA’s Ann Hollas, SHSU’s Madison Wallace Win Weekly Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin’s Ann Hollas and Sam Houston State’s Madison Wallace are the Southland Volleyball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank. Offensive Player of the Week: Ann Hollas, Stephen F. Austin – Jr. – Setter – Longview, TexasThe junior setter did a little bit of everything for the Ladyjacks, helping them extend their win streak to 10 matches with victories over two Conference USA foes, an American Athletic Conference adversary who was receiving votes in the AVCA Coaches Poll and SEC opponent. Hollas started the week posting a double-double over Rice before downing 10 kills against Wichita State and Mississippi State. In each of those matches, Hollas hit .600 or better while running the Ladyjacks’ attack. Eclipsing 30 assists in two of SFA’s matches, Hollas became the seventh player in program history to reach the 2,000-assist career mark. The Longview product also earned North Texas Challenge All-Tournament Team accolades.   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 25 percent of ballots. Sam Houston extended its win streak to four, picking up three wins at the Maverick Invitational hosted by UT Arlington. The Bearkats did not drop a set over the weekend, sweeping Belmont on Friday and taking down Grand Canyon and UTA on Saturday. SHSU hosts McNeese on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN3 and Lamar on Saturday at 1 p.m. Honorable Mention: Samantha Anderson, Central Arkansas; Taylor Cunningham, Sam Houston State; Bethany Clapp, Incarnate Word; Kendall Bosse, Abilene Christian.center_img Defensive Player of the Week: Madison Wallace, Sam Houston State – Sr. – Libero – Pasadena, TexasThe Bearkats have been red hot since shifting Wallace to libero, closing out their non-conference action with four consecutive wins. The senior was named MVP of the Maverick Invitational after averaging 6.22 digs per set in three Sam Houston sweeps. Wallace closed out last week with 20 digs against Chicago State and picked up this week right where she left off, recording 20 in a three-set win over Belmont. She added another 20 digs against Grand Canyon before keeping alive another 16 with a career-best six service aces in a victory over UTA.Honorable Mention: Danae Daron, Stephen F. Austin; Emily Doss, Central Arkansas; Channing Burleson, Northwestern State. SFA (13-2, 0-0 Southland) won the North Texas Challenge, defeating receiving votes Wichita State 3-1 on Friday before taking down the tournament host in five sets and closing the tournament with a sweep of Mississippi State. The team also downed Rice in a four-setter Tuesday. The Ladyjacks open the Southland season at home Saturday against Central Arkansas (10-3, 0-0 SLC) at 1 p.m. CT. Hollas claimed offensive honors while Wallace garnered the defensive award as each player led their respective teams to undefeated weeks and tournament titles.last_img read more