BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — LSU sophomore middle blocker Briana Holman and junior outside hitter Cati Leak were named to the All-Southeastern Conference volleyball team, while freshman outside hitter Gina Tillis was named to the all-freshman team Wednesday.
For the second consecutive season, the league’s coaches have voted for one all-SEC team, and for the first time, LSU has two players on the list — one of six schools with multiple players. Regular season champion Florida led the way with five selections, while Kentucky was second with four.
“We are very happy for Briana, Cati and Gina,” LSU coach Fran Flory said. “They have all been very impactful to our season. They are all also very team oriented and know that their success is a tribute to their teammates and our team’s success this season.”
Holman is the first LSU player in the new era to earn back-to-back selections to the All-SEC team after garnering the honor as a freshman last season. After earning the preseason All-SEC nod, the All-America candidate leads the SEC in blocks (1.53), is second in points per set (4.98), third in kills per set (3.88) and fifth in the SEC in hitting percentage (.391).
Currently second to Holman in kills and points, while being third in digs, aces and blocks, Leak earned her first postseason award averaging 2.63 kills per set, hitting .263 on the season in 99 of a possible 105 sets played. The Guntersville, Alabama, standout is averaging 2.31 digs per set with 229 on the year, while producing 52 blocks and 21 aces.
Tillis’ selection marks the second-straight year the Tigers have had at least one representative on the all-freshman team. She has 174 kills, averaging 2.76 per set with a .209 hitting percentage. In just 63 total sets played, Tillis is blocking 0.46 shots per set on average, with a 0.73 digs per set average with 46.
Signing class announced: LSU sand volleyball coach Russell Brock announced the additions of Maddison Ligon, Addison Hoven, Megan Davenport, Ashley Allmer, Sara Brown and Jeni Clark to the program.
“We are really excited about our 2015 class and can’t wait to get them on campus,” Brock said. “We are bringing in players from across the country who have athleticism, experience, fantastic academic success and a passion for LSU. We fully anticipate that this group will represent the purple and gold family with excellence on the court, in the weight room, in the classroom and throughout the community. There is no doubt that the 2015 class will make our program better and represent everything that we value in our program.”
Davenport lettered four years for Mount Carmel Academy, leading the team to four Division I state championship matches, winning the title in 2012 and 2014, while finishing runner-up in 2013 and 2011.
Ligon, a defensive specialist from Bedford, Texas, was LSU’s first 2015 commit. She led Euless Trinity High School to the playoffs three straight years and finished with an 84-27 career record.
Hoven is a 2014 silver medal winner in 18U USA Volleyball National Beach Championships from Hoover, Alabama.
During her prep career at Riverview (Florida) High School, Allmer placed second in the Big South 17’s Open Tampa United, while qualifying for the 2014 Junior Indoor Nationals.
Brown is an outside hitter from Palm Harbor, Florida, who won the 2014 FHSAA Class 3A state championship with Clearwater Central Catholic High School.
Clark is a defender from Carlsbad, California, with over 30 top-three career finishes at the CBVA Junior tournaments.