STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton Volleyball’s Lauren Kersey was named first team All-Western Athletic Conference, league officials announced on Wednesday.
Kersey, a junior right-side hitter, becomes the first student-athlete in Tarleton history to claim first team All-WAC honors. The Norman, Oklahoma native led the WAC with 283 kills while leading the Texans with 3.18 kills per set and hitting .323 on the season. All-conference awards were voted on by the league’s head coaches and coaches could not vote for their own players.
“I’m so proud of Lauren, she has been a consistent piece of our offense since she stepped on campus and now she has proven what I already knew – she is great at any level,” said head coach Mary Schindler. “The kid is a winner. Period. I can’t wait to see what she is able to do moving forward.”
Kersey played in all 24 matches and 89 sets for the Texans, posting a team-high and WAC-leading 314 points. Kersey posted 17 double-digit kill matches this season, including a stretch of 10 straight matches with 10 plus kills. She also had a season-high 18 kills on a .516 hitting percentage against Texas Tech. Defensively, Kersey ranked second on the team with 55 blocks and also added 65 digs.
The first team all-conference award puts the finishing touches to a remarkable NCAA Division I debut for Kersey and the Texans, who went 13-11 with a full Division I schedule on the season and 6-8 in the WAC to finish fourth in the conference standings.
Kersey received recognition throughout the season, claiming the AVCA National Player of the Week and WAC Offensive Player of the Week awards on March 3 for helping Tarleton to four wins that week, including a four-set win over TCU. Kersey and the Texans swept Big 12 member TCU in home-and-home matches this season.
It’s the third straight season Kersey has been named all-conference, as she was awarded honorable mention all-LSC as a true freshman and second team all-LSC as a sophomore.