Fillies Land Several All-Conference Honors; Morgan Currie named Libero of the Year
Panola Volleyball is proud to announce several Fillies received all-conference accolades this season, and freshman Morgan Currie (College Station, TX) was named Libero of the Year for Region XIV-North.
Currie, a former Rouse High School standout, established her presence early with her big-time defensive plays, earning 4.48 digs per set, 53 assists and 20 aces on the year. She posted 15 or more digs in 22 of 35 matches played in this season, with a season-high of 34 digs coming in a 5-set victory against Brookhaven. In conference she took her game to a new level, recording 20 or more digs on eight different occasions against Region XIV opponents. Currie is the first Panola player named Libero of the Year since Nausheen Merchant received the honor in 2012.
Joining Currie on the 1st Team All-Conference list is fellow freshman right side hitter from South San Francisco, CA, Sharon Tukuaoga. Tukuaoga led the Fillies offensively this year in total kills (371) and kills per set (2.88), while also contributing 88 total blocks and 55 digs. She reached double-digit kills in 22 of 36 matches played including a season-best of 22 kills against Wharton County Junior College, and hit .300 or better in 18 different contests.
Freshman Ana Carolina Oliveira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) made an immediate impact for the Fillies in multiple areas this year, earning 2nd Team All-Conference honors for her efforts. Oliveira was second on the team in total kills this season with 329, but she was all over the Fillies stat sheet with 374 total digs, 39 total blocks, a team-leading 41 aces, and 202 assists. She saw her role increase from outside hitter to also include setter when a devastating injury sidelined sophomore setter Sierra Moses for the Regional Tournament, but she responded admirably with a gutsy performance against Wharton County in the opening round that included 19 kills on .421 hitting, 28 assists, 12 digs and a solo block to prove instrumental in the Fillies thrilling comeback win. Her all-around performance secured her a place on the prestigious 2915 Region XIV All-Tournament team.
Joining Oliveira on the 2nd Team All-Conference list was sophomore Brittany Lampkin after receiving the same honor as a freshman. Lampkin was fourth on the team with 235 kills on the year, and was second in the entire Region XIV-North conference in blocks per set with 1.06. Her best match of the season came in the team's first battle with Wharton County, when she notched 12 kills on .375 hitting.
FILLIES VOLLEYBALL KENNEDI COLEMAN RECEIVES ALL-AMERICAN RECOGNITION
Kennedi Coleman, a sophomore Panola College outside hitter from Red Oak, TX, has been
named a 2nd Team All-American selection by the NJCAA. In addition to this latest honor, Coleman was tabbed Co-Player of the Week for the Region XIV-North conference once this season,
and was most recently named to the prestigious Region XIV All-Tournament Team and
1st Team All-Conference list last month.
As a sophomore, Coleman played an integral role in the success of the 2014 Fillies Volleyball season: 26-7 overall record, 19th national ranking, and 3rd Place finish in the Region XIV Tournament. She tallied double-digit kills in 22 of the 30 matches she played in this season with a hitting percentage above .300 in 20 of 30 matches. Coleman tied her career-high in a thrilling five-set victory against Navarro College, in which she notched 25 kills on .404 hitting to go along with another career-high 26 digs and 4 blocks.
During conference play, Coleman averaged 4.10 kills per set on .322 hitting, 2.60 digs per set and led the team in blocks per set with .92. Heading into the Regional Tournament, Coleman led the conference in kills per set overall and ranked fourth in hitting efficiency.
Coleman also started for the Fillies as a freshman and earned 2nd Team All-Conference honors after appearing in 103 sets, notching 3.18 kills per set on .302 hitting, 161 digs and 87 total blocks on the year.
With this achievement, Coleman joins elite company of Fillies Volleyball student-athletes named to All-American teams during their Panola College tenure, becoming just the fourth player to earn the program's fifth honor.
Kennedi Coleman- 2nd Team (2014)
Fillies Land Several All-Conference Honors; McCray Named Coach of the Year
Panola Volleyball is proud to announce several Fillies received all-conference accolades this season, and Head Coach Amber McCray was named Coach of the Year for Region XIV-North.
McCray, a former Pine Tree High School standout and University of Florida All-American, is in her second year as head coach after coming to Panola College in 2011 and spending the first two seasons as an assistant. The award comes after a weekend during which McCray led the Fillies to their highest finish since 2011, 3rd place in the competitive Region XIV Tournament and one win away from qualifying for the NJCAA National Tournament.
"Playing in this tough conference with such high-caliber teams and programs, I am beyond honored to even be nominated for this award by my peers," McCray said. "But when it all boils down to it, this was won by my players because they are the ones who have to get out there and do the work once my assistant, Jane Hays, and I have done all we can do. We didn't achieve every goal we had in mind, but they competed hard all year and for that I am both extremely proud and thankful."
In McCray's second year at the helm, the Fillies ranked among the top twenty teams in the nation for the majority of the year and posted an overall record of 26-7, with all seven losses coming to teams also ranked in the nation's Top 20 in the latest poll. With this year's all-conference selections announced this week, McCray has coached Panola Volleyball student-athletes to 13 total all-conference honors in her first two years, while also leading the Fillies to back-to-back 20+ win seasons.
Sophomores Kennedi Coleman (Red Oak, TX), Justine Luis (Kingwood, TX), and Nathali Chaves (Sao Paulo, Brazil), major impact players for the Fillies all year, were all named 1st Team All-Conference for their efforts this season. This latest award comes in addition to the 2nd Team All-Conference nod all three received a year ago after their freshmen debuts at Panola.
During conference, Coleman averaged 4.10 kills per set on .322 hitting, 2.60 digs per set and led the team in blocks per set with .92. She tallied double-digit kills in 22 of the 30 matches she played in this season, with a hitting percentage above .300 in 20 of 30 matches. Coleman tied her career-high in a thrilling five-set victory against Navarro College, in which she notched 25 kills on .404 hitting to go along with another career-high 26 digs and 4 blocks. Heading into the Regional Tournament, Coleman led the conference in kills per set overall and ranked fourth in hitting efficiency. In addition to this latest honor, Coleman was tabbed Co-Player of the Week for the Region XIV-North conference once this season, and was most recently named to the prestigious Region XIV All-Tournament Team last weekend.
Chaves was a dominant force on the right side for the Fillies her entire career, and finished conference play as a sophomore averaging 3.35 kills per set with a .315 hitting percentage. She also tallied 96 total digs, 12 aces and 18 block assists during conference play. This year, Chaves posted double-digit kills in 8 of 10 conference matches, including a career-high performance against Paris Junior College when she totaled 21 kills on a blistering .404 hitting percentage. Chaves finished conference ranked 5th on the conference leader board in all three attacking categories: kills per set, total kills, and hitting efficiency.
Luis led the entire Region XIV conference (north and south) with a highly-impressive 5.75 digs per set during conference play. The sophomore libero posted double-digit digs in all 10 conference matches and 31 of 33 total matches played this season, including 11 outings in which she tallied 20 digs or more. Luis eclipsed the 30-dig mark three times this season in victories versus Paris, Navarro and Hill College, earning her career-high 32 digs in the first conference showdown of the season against Paris. Her overall statistics for the year include 574 total digs, 67 assists and 26 aces.
Brittany Lampkin made her presence known when she transitioned from outside hitter to middle blocker midway through the season, and was named 2nd Team All-Conference for her efforts. The freshman out of San Marcos, TX hammered home 65 kills and added 24 blocks during conference play, including a game-changing performance at Navarro College where she posted 4 blocks and notched 9 kills on 12 attempts for a .417 hitting clip.