BILOXI, Miss. – An impressive 10 Loyola University New Orleans volleyball players were recently honored by the Southern States Athletic Conference, led by junior Samantha Worsham being named All-Conference.
Senior Amanda Oldani, junior Kailey Tuthill and sophomore Sabrina Stansberry were named All-Division West as was Worsham. The outstanding freshmen duo of Lauren Brand and O’Neal McMullan were awarded to the All-Freshman Team. Senior Kaki Johnson earned All-Academic Honors and made the Musco Lighting Champions of Character Team. An impressive six other Wolfpack team members also garnered All-Academic Honors. Senior Ashley England, junior Libby Collyer, sophomore Katie Broadbent, and sophomore Mia Frugé along with Tuthill and Oldani joined Johnson on the All-Academic Team.
Worsham, a setter out of Chicago, Ill., garnered All-Conference for the third straight season, ranking in the top 50 in the NAIA in three categories: 16th in total service aces (60), 28th in service aces per set (0.510), and 48th in total assists (1,025). Her 60 service aces ranks 4th in the conference. Currently, Worsham is also 4th on LU’s career assists lists with 3,508. While being the Wolfpack’s primary setter and co-captain, she added 356 digs, 80 kills, and 39 blocks.
Oldani, the libero from New Braunfels, Texas, was tagged All-Division West for the second straight season after ending her Loyola regular season career with 485 digs, 5th best in the SSAC. Odani’s 485 digs currently is the 10th best for a single season in LU’s program history, and she ranks 4th on the career list with 1,705.
Stansberry, a middle blocker from Baton Rouge, La. and Kailey Tuthill, junior outside hitter from Colorado Springs, Colo. also made All-Division West. Stansberry finished the regular season with 197 kills and 54 blocks. Tuthill added 294 kills and 251 digs to her career resume.
Brand, out of Raleigh, N.C., and McMullan, out of Mobile, Ala., earned All-Freshman after stepping in for injured All-Conference standout Gina Gill. Brand produced 258 regular season kills while McMullan added 222.
Johnson, the defensive specialist from Charleston, S.C., garnered All-Academic and was placed on the Musco Lighting Champions of Character Team. Johnson chipped in with 80 digs on the season. She also has a 3.9 GPA.
England, a middle blocker from Morgan Hill, Calif., Collyer, a right-side hitter from Colleyville, Texas, Broadbent, a middle blocker from Roseville, Calif., and Frugé, an outside hitter from Lafayette, La. rounded out Loyola’s recipients by earning All-Academic honors.
Loyola finished the regular season 22-10 overall and 10-4 in the conference, ranking 2nd in the Western Division. The Wolfpack continues action tonight from Biloxi, Miss. facing off against Southern Wesleyan tonight at 5:45 in the first round of the conference tournament. Live stats will be available on the conference website at http://www.ssacsports.com.
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