Burke named All-WAC Second Team, Frank earns spot on WAC All-Freshman Team


OREM, Utah – A pair of Texans claimed WAC All-Conference awards to close out the 2023 regular season ahead of their first appearance in the WAC Tournament. 

Emma Burke was named All-WAC Second Team and Madison Frank earned a spot on the WAC All-Freshman Team, the Western Athletic Conference announced on Wednesday. Both Texans received their awards after being voted for by coaches within the conference. 

Burke is the second Texan to earn recognition on the first or second postseason teams since Tarleton joined the NCAA Division I ranks. Lauren Kersey was twice named First Team All-WAC across consecutive seasons in 2020-21. Frank continues the pattern for the Texans after snagging a spot on the WAC All-Freshman Team for the Purple and White for a second year in a row. 

Burke is in her second season with Tarleton State and has been a vital force for the team. The sophomore has compiled an impressive 118.0 blocks to lead the Purple and White. With 15 solo blocks and 103 block assists, Burke has been a key part of the Texan defense. The Godley, Texas, native has amassed 330.5 points for Tarleton State. The middle blocker has tallied 35 aces and 229 kills. Burke closed out the regular season with a .408 hitting percentage. She tallied nine total blocks in the match against UT Arlington for her season-high. Burke claimed six aces in one match alone this season and compiled 18 points against Texas A&M-Commerce. The second-year stride for Burke has seen major growth for the sophomore. 

In her first year as a Texan, Frank has played a great role in the defensive success for the team with 59.0 total blocks in 29 matches. The freshman has also contributed 122 kills and amassed 152.0 points for the Purple and White. The Aledo, Texas, native saw a new season-high in blocks (8) and points (9) against the Wildcats in the last regular season match. Frank has made a big impression on the program in her first season. 

Burke and Frank have contributed in the historical success the team is seeing this season. The Texans are headed into postseason action in Orem, Utah, for the WAC Tournament for the first time in history since becoming a Division l program. 

The full list of WAC postseason awards are below:

2023 WAC Player of the Year: Ielan Bradley, Sr., RS, Stephen F. Austin  

2023 WAC Setter of the Year: Klaire Mitchell, Gr., Grand Canyon  

2023 WAC Libero of the Year: Kiaraliz Perez, Jr., UTRGV 

2023 WAC Freshman of the Year: Nicole Mauser, RS, California Baptist  

2023 WAC Coach of the Year: Debbie Humphreys, Stephen F. Austin  

2023 All-WAC First Team   

Klaire Mitchell, Gr., S, Grand Canyon 

Tatum Parrott, So., OH, Grand Canyon 

Ielan Bradley, Sr., RS, Stephen F. Austin 

Izabella Ortiz, So., MB, Stephen F. Austin  

Brianna Ford, Sr., OH, UT Arlington  

Luanna Emiliano, Jr., S, UTRGV  

Kiaraliz Perez, Jr., DS/L, UTRGV 

Tori Ellis, Sr., OH, Utah Valley  

2023 All-WAC Second Team   

Nicole Mauser, Fr., RS, California Baptist  

Michalina Rola, Sr., OH, California Baptist  

Trista Strasser, Jr., MB, Grand Canyon 

Haley Hoang, Sr., DS/L, Stephen F. Austin  

Emma Burke, So., MB, Tarleton State  

Paige Reagor, Sr., MB, UT Arlington  

Claudia Luspescu, Jr., OH, UTRGV 

Avery Shewell, So., OH, Utah Valley  

2023 WAC All-Freshman Team  

Nicole Mauser, RS, California Baptist 

Elif Teksoy, S, Seattle U  

Tanishua Joseph, MB/RS, Stephen F. Austin  

Kyanna Creecy, MB/RS, Stephen F. Austin  

Madison Frank, MB, Tarleton State  

Nadine Zech, OH, UTRGV  

Adee Butler, OH, Utah Tech  

Lani Matavao, DS/L, Utah Valley

Others Receiving All-WAC Votes  

Bryley Steinhilber, Jr., OH/RS, Abilene Christian 

Madeline Guffy, Jr., S, Abilene Christian 

Allison Bryant, Jr., OH, Tarleton State 

Rajini Fitzamurice, Sr., OH, Tarleton State 

Perris Key, Jr., RS, UTRGV 

Luisa Silva Dos Santos, Sr., MB, UTRGV 

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