December 13, 2012

Shannon Hullum and Logen Bourque Named to Southland All-Academic Teams

A pair of Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Volleyball players were named to the Southland Conference Volleyball All-Academic Teams on Thursday, the league office announced. Shannon Hullum was named to the first team, while Logen Bourque garnered a spot of the second team.

The duo was instrumental in the rise of the program to Southland contender this year, with the team notching a school-record 21 wins and finishing third in the standings. The team qualified for the Southland Conference Tournament for just the second time in school history with its highest finish ever. Hullum led the team in kills, while Bourque ran the offense from the setter position.

"Shannon and Logen always have been committed to being great students and leaders of our team," said head coach Tony Graystone. "This is great recognition for them. They are always doing what they can to be good Islanders and just set the mark for everybody else in the program. We're awfully proud of them."

Hullum finished her Islanders career on a high note, becoming one of the winningest players in school history, and was part of the most successful season ever for the program. She is 5th all-time in kills (860) and attacks (2,542) while tying for 3rd in matches played (122) and 4th in sets played (404) as an Islander. She is also in the top five for block assists (162, 3rd) and total blocks (175, 5th) while finishing 6th in service aces (65).

She was also a First Team All-Southland pick to cap off her final year as an Islander. Academically, she holds a 3.30 GPA in business, having already completed her undergraduate degree and scheduled to graduate in May with her MBA.

"This is kind of the icing on the cake here, to get an academic award on top of everything she has accomplished on the court," said Graystone. "It's just one more thing we're really proud of her for, everything she accomplished, helping us build this program and getting things on the right track. We're certainly going to miss everything she has been about while she was here."

Bourque is just a junior but is the most decorated setter in school history, earning the career assists record before the end of her sophomore season, and extending it to become the first Islanders player to reach the 3,000 assist mark (3,206) for a career. She is also fourth for a career in digs (798) and tied for 9th in service aces (57) with another year left in her time on The Island.

She also leads in the classroom, holding the best GPA on the team with a 3.86 in interdisciplinary studies. It is her second straight Second Team Southland All-Academic honor after having also earned the recognition following her sophomore campaign.

"Logen is a great student, a very intelligent kid," said Graystone. "I'm really happy the rest of the conference recognized her in this way. We expect a lot out of her, and she always delivers."

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