Dec. 19, 2011
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech volleyball players Stephany Salas and Clara Vido were honored by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) Monday morning as they were named to the 2011 all-Louisiana volleyball team as selected by the sports information directors from across the state.
Salas was named Newcomer of the Year in addition to being named a second team selection while Vido received honorable mention for her 2011 season. Both received LSWA honors for the first time in their Lady Techsters career.
Junior Salas came to Tech from Lee College after a stellar career for the Lady Rebels. The Bayamon, Puerto Rico native led the WAC in digs per set with 4.62 and recorded a team-high 407 digs. Salas ranked third in digs in conference play with 3.94 digs/set. She registered a season-high 35 digs against Houston Baptist on Sept. 17, 2011. She had 20 or more digs in seven games. She also ended the season with 39 assists, 20 kills and 15 service aces.
Vido, a sophomore from São Bernardo, Brazil, led the Lady Techsters averaging 2.57 kills/set. She finished the 2011 season ranked seventh in the WAC with 3.04 digs/set and second on the team with 252 digs. She was one of two Tech players to record over-200 kills (213 kills was second on the team behind Marcella Braz's 216). Vido registered a team-high nine double-doubles on the season, her last one coming against in-state rival Northwestern St. on Oct. 19 (11 kills and 15 digs).
Vido recorded a season-high 21 kills vs. Rutgers on Aug. 27, 2011 at the Sam Houston Invitational and a season-high 22 digs vs. SE Louisiana on Sept. 9, 2011 at the Louisiana Tech Invitational. She registered at least two blocks on four different occasions.
Stephany Salas (2011)
Led the WAC in digs/set with 4.62... Ranked third in conference play, averaging 3.94 digs/set... Recorded a team-high 407 digs... Season-high 35 digs vs. Houston Baptist (9/17)... Registered 20 or more digs in seven games, last vs. San Jose St. (11/12)... Recorded three service aces in two games this season, both vs. SE Louisiana, last on 9/16... Five assists in a game twice this season, last vs. Nevada (11/3)... Season-high three kills on nine attempts vs. SE Louisiana (9/2)
Clara Vido (2011)
Led the Lady Techsters averaging 2.57 kills/set... Finished the season ranked seventh in the WAC with 3.04 digs/set (second on the team to Stephany Salas)... One of two Tech players to have over-200 kills... Recorded a team-high nine double-doubles, last vs. Northwestern St. (10/19)... Registered a season-high 21 kills vs. Rutgers (08/27)... Recorded her first double-double vs. Rutgers when she posted 21 kills and 11 digs... Season-high 22 digs vs. SE Louisiana (09/09)... She registered two blocks on four different occasions, last vs. New Mexico St. (10/22).
LSWA ALL-LOUISIANA COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL TEAM
OH/Nicole Bowden/McNeese State/Sr./The Woodlands, Texas/First Team All-SLC, .304 Hitting Pct.
OH/Stacey DiFrancesco/Northwestern State/Fr./The Woodlands, Texas/SLC Freshman of Year, 424 kills
MB/Desiree Elliott/LSU/So./Cypress, Texas/Second Team All-SEC, top SEC MB avg of 3.40 kills a set
OH/Madie Jones/LSU/Jr./Plano, Texas/Second Team All-SEC, double figure kills 20 matches
OH-MB/Cori Martone/Tulane/So./Baton Rouge, Louisiana/Second Team All-C-USA, double figures 17 matches
S/Malorie Pardo/LSU/Fr./League City, Texas/All-SEC Freshman team, 11.71 assists per set, ninth in NCAA
L/Keelie Arneson/Northwestern State/Fr./Tomball, Texas/Broke single-season school digs mark (539)
L/Meghan Mannari/LSU/Jr./Frisco, Texas/Second-Team All-SEC, 518 digs, 4.67 a set, second in SEC
L/Stephany Salas/Louisiana Tech/Jr./Bayamon, Puerto Rico
S/Becky Bekelja/McNeese State/Jr./League City, Texas
S/Zuzana Markova/ULM/Jr./Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
MB/Lesley Mirarchi/Louisiana-Lafayette/Sr./Plano, Texas
OH/Taylor Reuther/Xavier/Fr./Metairie, Louisiana
MB/Michele Williams/LSU/Sr./Magnolia, Texas
MB/Anna Wruck/Tulane/Fr./Monmouth, Oregon
PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Madie Jones, LSU
LIBERO OF THE YEAR - (Tie) - Keelie Arneson, Northwestern State; Meghan Mannari, LSU
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR - Stacey DiFrancesco, Northwestern State
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - Stephany Salas, Louisiana Tech
COACH OF THE YEAR - Christabell Hamilton, Xavier
MB - Paige Dollison, Southeastern, Sr., Valley, Neb.; L - Nikki Osuna, Tulane, Sr., Bellflower, Calif.; OH - Clara Vido, Louisiana Tech, So., Belo Horizonte, Brazil; S -- Samantha Worsham, Loyola, Jr., Chicago, Ill.