Sam Houston State’s Taylor Cunningham Takes Both Volleyball Weekly Awards

first_imgThe Bearkats (10-4, 2-0 SLC) extended their win streak to six matches, opening the league slate with home victories over McNeese (1-15, 0-2) and Lamar (3-10, 0-2) this week. Sam Houston hits the road for a contest Thursday at 7 p.m. CT against Incarnate Word (3-9, 1-1). FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Taylor Cunningham sweeps the Southland Volleyball Players of the Week honors, the league announced Monday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank. Defensive Honorable Mention: Brooke Wood, Northwestern State; Anyia Williams, Stephen F. Austin; Madelynn Miller, Incarnate Word; Kaylee Payne, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week: Taylor Cunningham – Sr. – Middle Blocker – Huntsville, TexasCunningham continues doing it all for the Bearkats. The five-foot, 11-inch middle blocker committed just three errors on 67 swings (.463 attack percentage) and averaged 4.86 kills per set between the two matches for the week, while also adding 1.29 blocks and 3.00 digs per set. She went for 21 kills with just two errors on 41 attacks (.463) in a 3-1 win against McNeese, including eight kills in the clinching fourth set. Cunningham also added 16 digs for a double-double and posted three blocks. Two days later, she slammed home 13 more scores with just one misfire on 26 swings (.462) against Lamar, adding five more digs and six blocks. Entering this week needing just seven more kills to reach 1,000 for her career, she ranks fourth in the Southland in hitting percentage (.324) and leads in kills per set (3.54) for overall matches. The Sam Houston hometown product also ranks fifth in blocks per set (1.09) and is 13th in digs (3.17). Offensive Honorable Mention: Madison Green, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Katelyn Mueller, Abilene Christian; Julia Monday, Incarnate Word; Haley Coleman, Stephen F. Austin. The Huntsville, Texas, product accomplishes a rarity, claiming both the offensive and defensive weekly accolades. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more