Three Blue Raiders pick up All-Sun Belt honors
Adams, Szivos and Oladinni each garner the accolades for the second straight seasonNovember 16, 2011 · Athletic Communications
"I think that with how well we've done in the conference over the years, other coaches in the league feel that we have players that can win championships here," head coach Matt Peck said. "This year, Ashley, Maria and Oyinlola were fortunate enough to be recognized, and all three of them have had outstanding careers for us so far. It's well deserved for all three of them."
After evolving from a seldom used sub to an All-SBC First Teamer last season, Adams improved even more as a junior, becoming one of the most intimidating outside hitters in the conference. The San Luis Obispo, Calif., native averaged 3.89 kills per set while hitting at an outstanding .303 clip. She was also a force to be reckoned with at the net, totaling 77 blocks including 16 of the solo variety, the most by a Blue Raider since KeKe Deckard posted 18 in the 2004 season.
Szivos, who has now been on an All-Sun Belt Team in each of the past three seasons, had another strong season, playing in every point for all 98 sets so far this year. The senior is second on the team in kills per set, averaging 2.80 at a .283 rate to go along with 1.84 digs per set and 0.55 blocks per set. She also ranked second on the team in service aces with 19.
Oladinni made her third consecutive appearance on the All-Sun Belt Second Team, and she will be looking to become just the second Blue Raider in history to earn four tournament championships this weekend. The senior ranks third all time in school history in block assists, and this year was no different as the La Vergne native averaged 1.07 blocks per set. She's been a potent offensive weapon as well with 1.93 kills while hitting .369, which ranks second in the conference. Her 24 service aces is leads the team and is a career high.
Middle Tennessee will begin play at the 2011 Sun Belt Tournament against UALR on Thursday on the campus of FIU in Miami. First serve is set for 11 a.m.
ALL-SUN BELT FIRST TEAM Cayla Fielder, Arkansas State Faimie Kingsley, Denver Jovana Bjelica, FIU Ashley Adams, Middle Tennessee Maria Szivos, Middle Tennessee Tiffany Elmore, Western Kentucky Jordyn Skinner, Western Kentucky Melanie Stutsman, Western Kentucky
ALL-SUN BELT SECOND TEAM Edina Begic, UALR Ashley Tipps, Arkansas State Allison Kearney, Arkansas State Oyinlola Oladinni, Middle Tennessee Eboni Godfrey, North Texas Courtney Cohen, Troy Ashley Potts, Western Kentucky Lindsay Williams, Western Kentucky
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