MARIETTA, Ga. - Six Loyola University New Orleans volleyball players were recently honored by the Southern States Athletic Conference, led by junior Gina Gill and sophomore Samantha Worsham being named All-Conference.
Freshman Sabrina Stansberry and junior Amanda Oldani were named All-Division West as were Gill and Worsham. Junior Ashley England earned All-Academic honors and made the Musco Lighting Champion of Character Team. Sophomore Ashley Abendschein was also named to the All-Academic Team.
Gill, an outside hitter from Baton Rouge, La., earned All-Conference for the third straight year after leading the SSAC with 643 kills, which ranks second all-time for a single season at Loyola. She finished second in the conference with 4.5 kills per set, and nationally, she ranks third in the NAIA in total kills and eighth with 72 aces.
Worsham, a setter out of Chicago, Ill., garnered All-Conference for the second straight season, leading the league with 1,287 assists. Worsham’s 2010 assist total ranks fourth at LU for a single season, and she currently is fourth on the career list with 2,483. While being the Wolfpack’s primary setter, Worsham also added 67 kills and 55 aces.
Oldani, a libero from New Braunfels, Texas, was tabbed All-Division West after ending her junior campaign with 572 digs, second best in the SSAC. Oldani’s 572 digs is the sixth best for a single season in program history, and she ranks eighth on the career list with 1,220. She also finished the season ranked 21st in the NAIA with 61 aces.
Stansberry, a middle blocker from Baton Rouge, La., made All-Division West after finishing her freshman season with 261 kills while hitting .300. Stansberry was seventh in the SSAC with 88 blocks on the year and finished in the top 20 with 32 aces.
England, out of Morgan Hill, Calif, earned All-Academic and was placed on the Musco Lighting Champion of Character Team. England was second on the team with 87 blocks and currently ranks fifth all-time at LU with 220. She also chipped in with 71 kills for the year.
Abendschein, an outside hitter from Georgetown, Texas, rounded out the recipients by earning All-Academic honors.
Loyola finished the season with 25 wins, the second-most since 2003. The Wolfpack placed second in the SSAC West and had an impressive 22-6 record against NAIA opponents.