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Central Arkansas’ Anderson, Sam Houston State’s Cunningham Clinch Volleyball Player of the Week Honors

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first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas’ Samantha Anderson and Sam Houston State’s Taylor Cunningham have been tabbed as the Southland Conference Volleyball Players of the Week, the conference announced Monday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.Anderson registered 28 kills in the Sugarbear’s (24-5, 14-2 SLC) straight-set victories over New Orleans and Nicholls to conclude regular-season play. The senior averaged 4.67 kills per set while helping Central Arkansas clinch the No. 2 seed heading into the 2018 Southland Conference Tournament.Cunningham contributed to a Bearkat defense that limited Abilene Christian to a .120 hitting percentage in Sam Houston State’s 3-1 win over the Wildcats Saturday afternoon (Nov. 10). SHSU closed out its regular-season campaign with a 21-7 overall mark and a 13-3 record in conference play.Offensive Player of the Week: Samantha Anderson, Central Arkansas – Sr. – Right Side – Tyler, TexasAnderson continued her recent hot streak, hitting over .500 on the week as Central Arkansas pushed its winning streak to eight matches. She opened the week with a match-high 17 kills on 27 swings, tallying all four of her errors for the week to hit .481. Anderson then hit an impressive .688 against Nicholls by knocking down 11 kills on just 16 attacks.Honorable Mention: Hannah Brister, Northwestern State; Ann Hollas, Stephen F. AustinDefensive Player of the Week: Taylor Cunningham, Sam Houston State – Sr. – Middle Blocker – Huntsville, TexasCunningham delivered another big match against ACU in the Bearkats’ season finale, helping Sam Houston secure the No. 3 seed in this week’s SLC Tournament. The league’s leader in kills per set slammed home 19 scores on 44 swings with just three misfires, hitting .318 in SHSU’s lone match of the week. The six-rotation middle blocker added another 21 digs and three blocks to her total, giving her the 15th double-double of her senior season.Honorable Mention: Haley Coleman, Stephen F. AustinSouthland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more