Official Release From Southland Conference


FRISCO – The Sam Houston State volleyball team added more awards to its ledger on Monday, placing three student-athletes on the Southland Conference All-Academic teams, according to a release from league officials.


Seniors Taylor Cunningham and Madison Wallace were each named to the first team, while sophomore Caroline Sheaff received a second-team nod.


Both Cunningham and Wallace were automatic selections, with Cunningham being on the squad for the second straight year. She also earned a spot on the Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-District squad last month.


After already graduating magna cum laude with her undergraduate degree in accounting, Cunningham is currently pursuing a master’s degree from SHSU. Earlier this season she became just the third Bearkat in program history to be named the Southland Conference Player of the Year. She closed out the year leading the league with 3.91 kills per set, while also ranking in the top 10 in attack percentage (.298) and blocks (1.18 bps), while also averaging 3.30 digs per set.


As for Wallace, she too was an automatic selection after a stellar senior season that saw her land on the all-Southland Conference first team and earn SLC Libero of the Year honors. A public health major with a 3.52 GPA, it is her first time to be named to the SLC’s all-academic team.


A versatile player throughout her career, she shifted to libero eight matches into the 2018 season and never gave back the job. She led the SLC with 4.90 digs per set for the season, and was even better against league competition where she turned in 5.31 digs per set.


Meanwhile, the honor was the first for Sheaff, a sophomore majoring in animal science with a 3.95 GPA. The outside hitter played in 27 matches for the season and finished third on the team with 1.99 kills per set, while also adding 0.42 blocks per set along the way.


Seven times she reached double digits in kills, including setting a season high in back-to-back matches when she had 15 scores in wins over New Orleans and Houston Baptist in mid-October.