Ridley earns First Team All-Southland honors following senior season

Emma Ridley was named First Team All-Southland on Wednesday afternoon following a vote of the league coaches and sports information directors. It is the second-straight first team honor for Ridley after being one of the most dominant offensive players in the conference for the second year in-a-row.

Ridley repeated as a first team member after leading the league in kills per set with 3.95 and finishing second in overall kills with 415 this season. In conference-only matches, she was tops in both categories with 263 kills and 4.38 kills per set.

Her offensive production helped the Islanders improve their record to 12-18 overall and 5-11 in Southland matches. The team just missed the Southland tournament after improving their league win total by three wins from the last two seasons and adding three wins to their overall total in head coach Tony Graystone's second year at the school.

Ridley finished her career with 879 kills and in fourth place among the Islanders all-time leaders. Her 4.13 career kills per set average is the highest ever in school history, bettering the 3.48 mark previously set by Christie Feliz. Her 547 digs also places her in 10th place all-time in the record book as she was a significant contributor both on the offensive and defensive side of the net.

Numerous single-match records were set as well, with Ridley tying the mark for most kills in a single match with 27 last season and setting a new mark for kills in a four-set match with 26 this year against Stephen F. Austin in the Islanders first-ever win over the Ladyjacks. She just missed the first 20-30 match in Islanders history when she had 20 kills and 29 digs against UT Arlington during the 2010 season.

"She had a great season and we are really proud of what she has done here," said Graystone. "We are sorry that she is a senior and won't be getting her back.

"She left a really strong mark on the program, and set a nice example for the younger players to strive to be like."

2010 All-Southland Conference Volleyball Teams

First Team

Name

School

Pos.

Cl.

Hometown/Prev. School

Chloe Smith4

Central Arkansas

RS

Sr.

San Diego, Calif./Academy of Our Lady of Peace

Kendra Rowland3

UTSA

OH

Sr.

Antioch, Calif./Deer Valley

Jessica Hays

Central Arkansas

OH

Jr.

Friendswood, Texas/Friendswood

A.J. Watlington

Texas State

OH

Sr.

Aledo, Texas/Aledo

Carli Kolbe2

Sam Houston State

OH

Jr.

College Station, Texas/A&M Consolidated

Kelsey Jewasko2

UTSA

L

Jr.

San Antonio, Texas/East Central

Marissa Collins

Central Arkansas

S

Fr.

Pearland, Texas/Pearland

Emma Ridley2

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

OH

Sr.

Phoenix, Ariz./Tulsa

Jayme Bazile

Lamar

MB

So.

Beaumont, Texas/Ozen

Kelsey Schwirtlich

UTSA

S

So.

Corpus Christi, Texas/Calallen

Amari Deardorff

Texas State

RS

Fr.

Austin, Texas/Westwood

Amanda Aguilera2

UT Arlington

OH

Jr.

Pearland, Texas/Pearland

Second Team

Name

School

Pos.

Cl.

Hometown/Prev. School

Alicia Shaffer

UT Arlington

L

Jr.

Magnolia, Texas/Magnolia

Amber Calhoun2

Texas State

MB

Jr.

Houston, Texas/Second Baptist

Bianca Sauls

UT Arlington

OH

Sr.

Pflugerville, Texas/Pflugerville

Cristin Curl2

Central Arkansas

L

Jr.

Amarillo, Texas/Tascosa

M.C. Bottles3

Stephen F. Austin

MB

Jr.

Rowlett, Texas/Rowlett

Danielle Daigle

Nicholls

L

Jr.

Napoleonville, La./Assumption

2Two-time all-conference

3Three-time all-conference

4Four-time all-conference

Honorable Mention: Taylor Hammonds, Central Arkansas; Christina Hobbs, Lamar; Katie Kennedy, McNeese State; Becky Bekelja, McNeese State; Laranda Spann, Northwestern State; Kaylee Hawkins, Sam Houston State; Kim Black, Sam Houston State; Whitney Walls, UTSA; Briana Mason, UTSA.

Individual Award Winners

Player of the Year - Chloe Smith, Central Arkansas

Libero of the Year - Kelsey Jewasko, UTSA

Freshman of the Year - Marissa Collins, Central Arkansas

Setter of the Year - Marissa Collins, Central Arkansas

Newcomer of the Year - Christina Hobbs, Lamar

Coach of the Year - Steven McRoberts, Central Arkansas