JONESBORO, Ark. (12/5/17) – A-State outside hitter Carlisa May collected her third straight Southwest All-Region honor from the American Volleyball Coaches Association with an honorable mention selection as the AVCA announced its All-Region teams Tuesday morning.
A native of Lee’s Summit, Mo., May claimed her third All-Region honor in as many seasons after she was named to the Southwest All-Region squad in 2015 and earned Honorable Mention Southwest All-Region honors a year ago. Her award this season gives Arkansas State a total of 13 All-Region honorees in school history with nine of those coming in the past four seasons.
“Carlisa is just a special player,” A-State head volleyball coach David Rehr said. “There is so much I could say about her as a player and a person. She put this team on her back at times this year and performed well. It’s to the point now where everyone we play knows how good she is, but she still scores. I’m extremely proud of her and can’t wait to see what her senior season has in store.”
The junior continued her excellent play in 2017 as she garnered her second straight Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year award as she posted 507 kills for a 4.22 per set average. The 507 kills currently rank as 17th most in the country, while the kills per set mark is 25th. May’s 507 kills are also the 10th most in school history and the most since the 2004 season (501 by Giedre Tarnauskaite).
Additionally, May garnered SBC Offensive Player of the Week honors four times and won two consecutive DI HERO of the Week awards from HERO Sports. She collected two All-Tournament accolades this season (Bluegrass Battle and SBC Tournament), and posted 20 or more kills in 10 matches. May also had her best defensive season of her career with 75 digs and 41 blocks.
May helped A-State to a 21-12 record, its fourth straight campaign with 20 or more wins, and a berth in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship. The Red Wolves defeated SIUE in the first round of the NIVC for its first postseason win since 1993.
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