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Seniors etch names in record book
Release: 11/22/2011
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Carli Kolbe, Kim Black and Kym Loving, the three senior starters for the 2011 Sam Houston volleyball team, closed their Bearkat careers in style last weekend in Conway, Arkansas, leading SHSU to its 11th Southland Conference post-season tournament semifinal berth.

All three leave with their names etched in the Sam Houston record book.

Kolbe, who was selected to the Southland Conference all-tournament team after Sunday's final, ranks among the top 20 in four career statistics at SHSU.

The only three-time first team All-Southland selection in Kat volleyball history, Kolbe stands No. 1 in career attempts (4,878), No. 4 in career kills (1,577), No. 10 in career digs (1,258) and No. 15 in career blocks (213).

The College Station / A&M Consolidated product is one of only eight Bearkat volleyball players ever to total both 1,000 or more kills and 1,000 or more digs in their four years at Sam Houston.

Kolbe was the Bearkats' top scorer with 457 points this year. She led the Southland Conference in kills (366, 4.07 average).

Black, who was a first-team All-Southland selection this fall, completes her career ranked No. 5 in blocks (362). The Huntsville product ranked fifth in the Southland in blocks this season (121, 1.07 average).

Loving, an All-Southland honorable mention selection this fall, ends as Sam Houston's fourth all-time leader in assists (3,861).

The Houston Cy Springs product ranked fourth in the Southland in service aces (41, 0.36 average) and No. 6 in assists (1,131, 10.01 average) this fall.

The trio of senior starters helped lead Sam Houston to four consecutive Southland Conference winning records including third place finishes in both 2009 and 2011.

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