Putting together another stellar year in volleyball, East Texas Baptist University had six players earn All-American Southwest Conference awards. Two players were first team, three on the third team, and one as honorable mention.
Mallory Sanders and Adaeze Elonu were both named to the first-team and are on an All-ASC team for the second year in a row. Sanders, who was a second-team selection last year as a freshman, led the team with 339 kills and a 3.49 kills per set average while recording 300 digs. For the year she had 13 double-doubles and a career-high 26 digs vs. Texas-Tyler on October 28th.
Elonu broke the program record for blocks this year and finishes with 395 blocks in a three-year career. She also holds the single-season record for blocks of 166 set last season. She finished this year with 255 kills and 124 blocks. She set a career-high in kills with 15 twice this year.
On the third team was Kayla Taylor, Kolby Sharp, and Bailee Moore. Taylor is a three-time All-ASC selection and is on the third-team for the second year in a row. She finishes her career with 2,906 assists which is third all-time at ETBU. She led the team with 625 assists and recorded five double-doubles this year. She also had 197 digs and averaged 6.01 assists per set.
Sharp also receives her third straight All-ASC award and is graduating early after only three years of playing at ETBU. She finishes seventh all-time in kills at ETBU with 829 and third in blocks with 345. This year she was third on the team in kills with 172 and had 55 digs and 85 blocks.
Moore had a great freshman season hitting .292 as one of the top hitters in the ASC. She came away with 127 kills, 31 digs, and 31 blocks. She averaged 1.87 kills per set and had a career-high 17 kills vs. Texas-Dallas on October 7th.
Nicole Buzzard rounds out the final award as a honorable mention selection for the second year in a row. She collected 349 assists and 62 digs while averaging 4.59 assists per set.
ETBU finished the year at 17-12 and 13-3 in the ASC in second place. They were the #2 seed in the ASC Tournament and set a program record for consecutive wins at 14. Ornelas Gym’s home winning streak was kept alive, too, and is now at 18 straight matches as they haven’t been beat at home since 2011.