Special to The Flash Today
STEPHENVILLE (December 5, 2017) – Hailey Roberts and Jordyn Keamo put a stamp on their Tarleton careers Tuesday afternoon as the TexAnn tandem were named All-Americans by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Roberts also earned All-America honors by the media in the D2CCA vote.
Roberts was named an All-America first team honoree by the AVCA and D2CCA Tuesday while Keamo was named to the AVCA All-America third team. Roberts is one of three players in the country to be named a three-time AVCA All-American, joining California Baptist’s Lauren Hackett and Lewis’ Aly Schneider.
“Hailey and Jordyn are incredible athletes and leaders,” said head coach Mary Schindler in an interview last week following the duo’s all-region recognition. “I am so incredibly proud of these two. Jordyn is not only the best setter I’ve seen but she’s a great volleyball player and competitor who will always find a way to make her team better. I knew the second we signed Hailey Roberts that we were getting one of the most gifted athletes in all of Division II in any sport. She has had an incredible four years – earning awards and helping her team win – but this year and this award is very special. She has grown as a player and as a person and I know she isn’t ready to be done. She is a special player and has been playing with such intent.
“I am so grateful and blessed to coach two of the most prolific players in program history,” Schindler continued. “I genuinely cannot stop smiling. It makes me so happy to see them earn this kind of well-deserved recognition.”
This has been an offseason full of accolades for the TexAnn seniors who led Tarleton to the Lone Star Conference regular season and tournament championships and a school-record 29 wins this season.
Roberts was named the South Central Region Player of the Year by the AVCA and D2CCA – which was her third consecutive media-voted honor – and was already one of the first players in school history to even receive all-region honors from the AVCA in 2015. She became the first TexAnn in program history to earn Regional Player of the Year from the AVCA. Roberts and Jordyn Keamo were also named to the AVCA All-Region first team. Roberts was a D2CCA All-Region first team while Keamo was honorable mention.
Roberts led the team with 544 kills this season, including 4.65 kills per set, on a .248 hitting percentage. She also leads the team with 602.5 points and has 31 aces, 29 assists, 355 digs, and 50 blocks in her senior season. She broke the school’s all-time kills record last year and is currently chasing the Lone Star Conference record for kills (2,405). Roberts enters the regional tournament with 2,368 career kills and is second all-time in league history.
In addition to her regional recognition by the AVCA and D2CCA, the senior from Cedar Park was also named the Lone Star Conference Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, and was a first-team all-conference selection. She was a six-time LSC Offensive Player of the Week award winner in 2017 and earned 17 career weekly honors in her four-year career.
This gives Roberts seven different All-America honors in her storied Tarleton career. She was a third-team All-American by Daktronics as a freshman and then followed up with three straight All-America honors by the D2CCA and AVCA to close out her career. For Keamo, it’s her second All-America honor after being named an AVCA Honorable Mention All-American last season.
Keamo led Tarleton to a 29-6 record with 1,125 assists this season, which led the TexAnns to a league-leading .240 team hitting percentage. In addition to her assists, Keamo boasted 163 kills on a .261 hitting percentage to go along with 65 service aces and 322 digs. She finishes her career third all-time in school history with 2,404 career assists, behind Danielle Barker (3,324) and Jessie Hartman (3,266).
The senior setter from Mililani, Hawaii was named the Lone Star Conference Setter of the Year and first-team all-conference for the second consecutive season on top of her regional and national acclaim. She was a four-time LSC Setter of the Week in 2017 and earned seven weekly honors from the league over the last two years.
ABOUT THE AVCA
The AVCA, with its headquarters in Lexington, Ky., is managed by Associations International. The mission of the AVCA is to advance the sport of volleyball with AVCA coaches at the epicenter of leadership, advocacy and professional development. With a membership of almost 7,000 and counting, the AVCA provides a professional network for those individuals and companies dedicated to enhancing and promoting the sport. Members include collegiate, high school, club, youth and Olympic coaches, as well as volleyball club directors. The AVCA provides education to volleyball coaches, recognition of elite players and coaches, promotion of volleyball competitions throughout the world, and networking opportunities for volleyball products and services providers. For more information about the AVCA, visit AVCA.org.
ABOUT THE D2CCA
The Division II Conference Com- missioners Association All-America Volleyball Team is sponsored by the Division II Conference Commissioners Association. The Division II Conference Com- missioners Association encourages and promotes Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education. The CCA is a key communications link among the conferences as they discuss views, policies and regulations that impact Division II intercollegiate athletics and works closely with the NCAA as a communications channel to NCAA Division II member colleges and universities. The All-America Volleyball team is selected by the NCAA Division II members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (D2SIDA).