FRISCO, Texas – For the first time in program history, the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team had two players named First Team All-Southland Conference, with senior Logen Bourque and sophomore Ivy Baresh earning First Team All-Southland honors. Junior Brianna Brink earned honorable mention accolades for the second straight year. The honors are voted on the league coaches and sports information directors.
"I'm extremely happy for Logen and Ivy to be named First Team All-Conference, and for this to be the first season with two Islanders making that list," head coach Tony Graystone said. "They have been the anchors of our team all year and it's great to see the rest of the Southland recognize their efforts."
Bourque, the Islanders' career assist leader with 4,420 assists is currently ranked 18th in the nation in assists and second in the conference (11.35 assists per set). The Houston native has passed out 1,214 assists this season, which ranks first in Islanders history for a single season. She also recently garnered sole possession of second place all-time in career digs with 1,074.
"Logen has had an amazing senior season and I'm especially happy for her," Graystone said. "She has been instrumental in our program's improvement over the past four seasons and this is a great way for her to cap off her career. Logen has had perhaps the best four-year career in Islanders Volleyball history, and this further adds to everything she's done for us."
Baresh, a native of Arlington, Texas, leads the Islanders with 3.42 kills per set, which is good for seventh place in the conference. The sophomore ranks 11th in digs with 3.63 per set and 13th in service aces. This season, Baresh has collected 15 double-doubles and has been a consistent all-around player for the Islanders.
"Ivy has proven to be one of the best all-around outside hitters in the conference," Graystone said. "She finished among the leaders in kills, aces and points scored, and led all non-liberos in digs. We ask Ivy to do an awful lot for us, and she has become vital to our team's success."
Brink, who started out the season as an outside hitter, switched positions with junior Ashley Phelps to the right side position earlier this season, has been an offensive threat in the Islanders' lineup. Brink is averaging 3.10 kills per set, which ranks 10th in the conference.
"Brianna had a great season as well, and she was definitely one of the best right side hitters in the Southland this year," Graystone said. "We asked her to switch positions early in the season and it turned out to be a great move for her and the team."
The Islanders will host the Southland Conference Tournament on Nov. 22-24 in the Dugan Wellness Center. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi received the No. 5 seed and will open the first round against No. 4 Sam Houston Sate on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in the Dugan Wellness Center. The team makes its third appearance into the tournament since the start of the program. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Islanders ticket office at (361) 825-BALL (2255) or online HERE.
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2013 All-Southland Conference Volleyball Teams
|Marissa Collins||Sr.||S||Central Arkansas||Pearland, Texas|
|Deveney Wells-Gibson||Jr.||OH||Sam Houston State||San Antonio, Texas|
|Sara Pope||Jr.||OH||Oral Roberts||Jenks, Okla.|
|Keelie Arneson||Jr.||L||Northwestern State||Tomball, Texas|
|Heather Schnars||So.||OH||Central Arkansas||Downey, Calif.|
|Jessica Nagy||Sr.||RS||Central Arkansas||Carleton, Mich.|
|Bruna Silva||Sr.||L||Oral Roberts||Rio de Janerio, Brazil|
|Logen Bourque||Sr.||S||A&M-Corpus Christi||Houston, Texas|
|Caiti Wenger||Sr.||MB||Houston Baptist||Allen, Texas|
|Ivy Baresh||So.||OH||A&M-Corpus Christi||Arlington, Texas|
|Tayler Gray||Sr.||S||Sam Houston State||Huntsville, Texas|
|Stacey DiFrancesco||Jr.||OH||Northwestern State||The Woodlands, Texas|
|Malina Sanchez||So.||OH||McNeese State||Lake Jackson, Texas|
|Ashley Elrod||Fr.||OH||Northwestern State||Arlington, Texas|
|O.J. Olson||So.||L||Stephen F. Austin||Cedar Park, Texas|
|Jessica Pancratz||Sr.||MB||Oral Roberts||Tulsa, Okla.|
|Jill Ivy||Jr.||RS||Stephen F. Austin||Katy, Texas|
|Sierra Whittaker||Sr.||OH||Lamar||Houston, Texas|
Individual Award Winners
Player of the Year: Marissa Collins, Central Arkansas
Freshman of the Year: Ashley Elrod, Northwestern State
Newcomer of the Year: Sara Pope, Oral Roberts
Libero of the Year: Keelie Arneson, Northwestern State
Setter of the Year: Marissa Collins, Central Arkansas
Coach of the Year: David McFatrich, Central Arkansas
Honorable Mention: Brianna Brink, OH, A&M-Corpus Christi; Madeline Gaffney, MB, Houston Baptist; Angelique Vidaurri, RS, UIW; Fulani Petties, MB, Central Arkansas; Lexi Mercier, MB, Abilene Christian; Shelbee Berringer, L, Central Arkansas.