BRYAN, Texas – The Texas A&M volleyball annual awards were presented at the team’s end-of-the-season celebration dinner, held Saturday at the Stella Hotel.
Aggie first-year head coach Laura “Bird” Kuhn, associate head coach Kolby O’Donnell and assistant coach Wendel Camargo were the key presenters of the top individual awards, which the staff also touted as team awards, emphasizing the fact that everyone on the team contributed to the successes of each individual.
Lone senior and team captain Amy Houser was the recipient of the prestigious Aggie Excellence award, recognizing the player who best represents A&M’s core values of respect, integrity, leadership, excellence, loyalty and selfless service. It is the second consecutive year Houser, a libero who graduated with honors in December, received the award, which is voted on by the team members. Houser, from Houston, also was presented a commemorative volleyball denoting her 479 digs, a school record for most digs in a season by an A&M player in the 25-point rally scoring era.
Junior outside hitter Hollann Hans was the obvious selection for the team’s MVP award. The Corpus Christi, Texas, native set or tied more than 40 Texas A&M all-time, 25-point rally scoring era and SEC career, season and single match records during the year while shouldering the team to a 17-13 overall record, as well as a 10-8 fifth-place tie in the Southeastern Conference standings. She earned numerous accolades throughout the season, capped by her selection to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America honorable mention team.
Freshman middle blocker London Austin-Roark was presented the team’s Most Improved Player award. From Weatherford, Texas, Austin-Roark made constant and notable advancement throughout the spring and fall and earned a spot in the starting lineup in every match. She went on to lead the team in total blocks and blocks per set in both the full season and in SEC matches only and was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team.
Junior setter/defensive specialist Haley Slocum was voted the recipient of the team’s Unsung Hero award for her strong work ethic, positive influence and selfless contributions behind the scenes. The College Station native also received praise for being named to the SEC Community Service Team last fall.
In addition, freshman defensive specialist Allison Fields was recognized for winning the team’s season-long wellness competition, and sophomore setter Camille Conner was presented a commemorative volleyball for breaking the A&M record for assists in a season in the 25-point rally scoring era with 1,263.
Sixteen student-athletes on the 18-member 2018 roster were recognized for their academic prowess: London Austin-Roark, Camille Conner, Morgan Davis, Allison Fields, Sydnye Fields, Camila Gomez, Hollann Hans, Amy Houser, Sydney Little, Brookah Palmer, Makena Patterson, Kaitlyn Rogers, Samantha Sanders, Haley Slocum, Mallory Talbert and Taylor Voss. Collectively the Aggies achieved a 3.351 grade point average, marking the team’s highest GPA in several years.
In addition to a senior tribute to Houser, the recognition of SEC and AVCA award honorees and the acknowledgement of the letterwinners by class, a special video was shown and a framed jersey was presented to outside hitter Brookah Palmer. The junior from Carrollton, Texas, is slated to graduate in May and will forgo her senior season.
The banquet concluded with the showing of the season highlight film, produced by the 12th Man Productions staff.
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2018 Texas A&M volleyball awards:
Aggie Excellence: Amy Houser
MVP: Hollann Hans
Most Improved: London Austin-Roark
Unsung Hero: Haley Slocum