Andrea Hole, a senior setter of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, was named the Louisiana Player of the Year in college volleyball on the All-Louisiana team selected for the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
Hole led her team to its first 20-win season since 1990 and won a close vote among five players who received votes for the honor.
The coaching duo of Hugh and Stephanie Hernesman of Northwestern State earned Coach of the Year honors after taking the Demons to the NCAA tournament while Nicholls State had two special honor winners — Libero of the Year Kalynn Egea and Newcomer of the Year Kaci Eaton. Freshman of the Year went to Sarah Ray of Tulane.
Hole averaged 10.12 assists per set, good for fifth in the Sun Belt Conference. She also ranked second in the league with 21 double-doubles. She was twice the league’s Player of the Week, and her 1,290 assists this season are the third-most all-time at the school.
Egea was a Southland Conference honorable mention choice and led the Nicholls defense with a conference-leading 607 digs and 5.84 digs per set. She was also fourth in the nation in digs per set and finished her career first in school history in that category.
Eaton, in her first year playing at a Louisiana four-year school, was named second-team All-SLC with a team-leading 448 kills and added 290 digs. She finished third in the SLC in kills and helped a Colonel attack that was first in the conference and third in the nation in attacks per set.
Ray led the Green Wave in kills, points and aces while sitting second in kills, points per set and digs. She tallied season-highs of 19 kills in matches against East Carolina and USF and totaled 344 total kills to go with 25 aces.
The Hernesmans coached Northwestern State its first SLC championship as well as an NCAA berth. During the year ,the program swept No. 15 Missouri (the first win for the program over a ranked team) and ended Central Arkansas’ 38-match conference win streak.
Joining Hole, Egea and Eaton on the first team were Xavier outside hitter and GCAC Player of the Year Chunedu Echebelem; LSU All-Southeastern Conference selections Briana Holman and Cati Leak and Northwestern State’s Mackenzie Neely.