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Golden Eagle Volleyball Team Places Three on the All-Conference Teams

Kelsea Seymour was named 2011 Setter of the Year

Kelsea Seymour was named 2011 Setter of the Year

Nov. 23, 2011

Ashley Mell garners second team all-conference honors


IRVING, Texas - Conference USA has announced its 2011 all-conference first and second teams and all-freshman squad as well as specialty award winners for volleyball as selected by the league's 12 head coaches.

The Southern Miss volleyball team placed three players on the on all-conference teams with seniors Kelsea Seymour, Lisa Knecht and Ashley Mell.

Seymour closes out her collegiate career earning C-USA Setter of the Year honors. The Long Beach, Calif., native has averaged 11.32 assists per set and is a three-time All-C-USA first team selection for the Golden Eagles. Seymour was named Setter of the Week a 10 times in her career including three this season. She was twice named to the C-USA All-Academic Team. Seymour is one of only two setters at Southern Miss to surpass the 4,500 assist mark. She became a member of the 1,000-dig club at USM and finished with 1,223 career digs.

Senior teammates Lisa Knecht and Ashley Mell appear on the all-conference second team. Mell, a two-time All-C-USA first team pick, ranks fourth in the league with 3.58 kills per set. She led the Golden Eagles in kills, finishing with 381 kills, 197 digs and 80 total blocks. She tallied 21 matches with double-digit kills including six with 20 or more. She posted nine double-doubles. Mell completed her career with 1,324 kills, 46 aces, 900 digs and 244 total blocks.

Lisa Knecht earns second team all-conference


Knecht earns her first all-conference honor and averages the second-most digs per set in the league with 4.94. Seymour and Knecht were also voted to the C-USA All-Academic Team. Knecht was named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week twice. She led the team in digs with 585 to go with 97 assists and 10 aces. For her career she totaled 1,549 digs and 32 aces.

The following is a list of all-conference honorees and specialty award winners for the 2011 C-USA volleyball season.

2011 CONFERENCE USA VOLLEYBALL POSTSEASON AWARD WINNERS
ALL-CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM
Lucy Charuk, Houston
Altrese Hawkins, Memphis
Nancy Cole, Rice
Courtney Manning, SMU
Kelsea Seymour, Southern Miss
Jessica Adams, Tulsa
Tyler Henderson, Tulsa
Diana Silva, Tulsa
Sam Serley, UAB
Angelica Crump, UCF
Xitlali Herrera, UTEP

ALL-CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM
Katie Norris, Houston
Chandace Tryon, Houston
Abby Tomas, Marshall
Megan Murphy, Rice
Jessica Oliver, SMU
Dana Powell, SMU
Lisa Knecht, Southern Miss
Ashley Mell, Southern Miss
Cori Martone, Tulane
Kellie Culbertson, Tulsa
Heather Thomas, UAB
Evija Vilde, UCF
Rachel Vukson, UCF
Jeane Horton, UTEP

ALL FRESHMAN TEAM
Caitlin Ogletree, Houston
Sammie Bane, Marshall
Jillian Humphrey, Rice
Caroline Young, SMU
Anna Wruck, Tulane
Delaina Sarden, UCF

INDIVIDUAL AWARD WINNERS
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Tyler Henderson, Tulsa

SETTER OF THE YEAR
Kelsea Seymour, Southern Miss

LIBERO OF THE YEAR
Jessica Adams, Tulsa

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Delaina Sarden, UCF

CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR
Steven McRoberts, Tulsa
Kerry Messersmith, UAB

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