SPECIAL TO THE FLASH
STEPHENVILLE (December 8, 2015) – The American Volleyball Coaches Association recognized Hailey Roberts among the 14 best players in the country Tuesday afternoon when the sophomore was named a first-team All-America award winner.
This makes her the first player in program history to earn All-America status from the AVCA and the only TexAnn in school history to be named a first-team All-American from a major organization. Roberts earned a third-team nod from Daktronics last season, which makes her, Nikki McNorton, and Stacie Murrah the only Tarleton players in school history to earn an All-American nod. McNorton was named second-team by Daktronics in 2012 and Murrah earned Academic All-American honors from CoSIDA in 2013.
She was one of two underclassmen recognized on the AVCA first-team and the only player younger than junior status.
Roberts continues to add to an impressive list of accolades from her sophomore season, which includes first-team all-region recognition from the AVCA last week.
She was a first-team all-LSC selection and the LSC Offensive Player of the Year after leading the TexAnns to their first Lone Star Conference championship with a 15-1 league record this season. After leading Tarleton to the LSC Tournament finals for the second consecutive season, the Roberts-led TexAnns were named the No. 2 seed in the South Central Regional Tournament. Then she received her recognition as all-region from the AVCA in addition to being named first-team all-region and the South Central Region Player of the Year honors from the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association (CCA), formerly Daktronics.
She was also a four-time LSC Offensive Player of the Week during her sophomore campaign.
Roberts finished her sophomore season with 728 kills on a .239 hitting percentage to lead the nation in total kills and kills per set (5.69). She also had 72 service aces and 841.5 total points scored for the TexAnns this season.
The AVCA will announce its annual AVCA Division II Player of the Year at the NCAA Banquet on December 9.