Five Salukis earn All-Conference honors

    Alysia Mayes earned First Team All-MVC and First Team Scholar-Athlete honors.

    Alysia Mayes earned First Team All-MVC and First Team Scholar-Athlete honors.
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    Nov. 22, 2012

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    SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- Five Southern Illinois University volleyball players earned conference recognition Thursday afternoon at the MVC pre-tournament banquet.

    Seniors Alysia Mayes and Laura Thole were selected to the All-MVC First Team while Taylor Pippen was named to the MVC All-Freshman Team for the 2012 volleyball season.

    Alysia Mayes, Bailey Yeager, and Rachael Brown also received their MVC First Team Scholar-Athlete awards they earned earlier in the week.

    All-conference honors are voted on and selected by the league's coaches.

    Mayes, a middle blocker from Ashkum, Ill., had a stellar season for the Salukis. The senior finished the regular season ranked third in the Missouri Valley Conference in hitting percentage with a .326 clip and fourth in kills compiling 372 to average 3.44 per set. Mayes finished second in the Valley in blocks averaging 1.47 per set.

    Mayes will leave the court after this tournament dominating several statistical categories in the SIU history book. She now ranks third all-time in SIU history for a single match hitting percentage and ranks fifth all-time in school history in career block-assists with 294. The senior also holds a spot inside the top-ten in solo blocks with a career total of 94 ranking seventh all-time.

    Outside hitter Laura Thole earns All-MVC honors for the first time in her career. The senior is the league’s top attacker having totaled 398 kills this season to average 3.69 per set. The St. Rose, Ill. native has complied 846 kills and 852 digs in her career as a Saluki.

    Saluki newcomer Taylor Pippen has made an immediate impact for Southern Illinois earning herself a spot on the MVC All-Freshman team. Pippen has been an offensive threat this season posting the second highest team hitting efficiency this season with a .286 clip. The freshman has totaled 229 kills to average 2.14 per set.

    Pippen earned Freshman of the Week honors a total of two times this season.