SMU volleyball players earn regional honors

Three members of the SMU volleyball team earned First-Team All-Southeast Region honors for the 2015 season, joining Florida, Kentucky and Missouri as the schools represented with award winners.

For senior Avery Acker, the American Athletic Conference Player of the Year and Setter of the Year, this is the third all-region award of her career. This season she was fourth in the country in assists, setting a new school record with 1,482. She was also first in assists per set with 12.45.

Junior Morgan Heise was named to the all-region team for the first time in her career, but won the conference Libero of the Year award for the second straight season. She was second in the nation in digs with 721, a new school record, and third in digs per set.

After earning honorable mention last season, junior Janelle Giordano also earned her first all-region team award. She ranked second in the NCAA in blocks, setting an SMU and AAC record with 188. She was also ranked fifth nationally in blocks per set with 1.58 and was named to the all-conference first team.

Head Coach Lisa Seifert was named Southeast Region Coach of the Year as she led the Mustangs to a program record 27 wins. This included a 16 match win streak and a berth in the NCAA tournament.

This is the first time in program history that the team had multiple players named to the all-region team in the same season.

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