Nov. 17, 2010
BEAUMONT - Middle blocker Jayme Bazile had a breakout sophomore season for the Lamar University volleyball team in 2010, and she was honored on Wednesday by being named First-Team All-Southland Conference.
Bazile was one of 12 players named to the All-SLC First Team as selected by the league's head coaches and media relations directors. The Beaumont Ozen product will lead Lamar into action this Friday in the first round of the SLC Tournament from Huntsville.
"It's good to have Jayme be recognized for her play," said head coach Justin Gibert. "She is the biggest presence at the net in the league with her blocking and defense. I expect her strong play to continue into the tournament and that she will continue to develop in the future."
Lamar enters the SLC Tournament as the No. 6 seed and will face third-seeded Texas State on Friday at 1:30 p.m. The Lady Cards knocked off the Bobcats 3-2 in Beaumont earlier this season in the teams' only meeting.
Also recognized on Wednesday was redshirt sophomore Christina Hobbs as the league's Newcomer of the Year. Hobbs, who was named honorable mention all-conference, sat out last season due to injury after transferring from Alabama.
"We were happy that Tina decided to come from Alabama and play here at Lamar," noted Gibert. "She has made significant contributions since her arrival and I expect her to get better as her experience at the college level grows."
Joining Bazile on the first team were Chloe Smith, Jessica Hays and Marissa Collins of SLC regular season champion Central Arkansas, UTSA's Kendra Rowland, Kelsey Jewasko and Kelsey Schwirtlich, Texas State's A.J. Watlington and Amari Deardorff, Carli Kolbe of Sam Houston State, Emma Ridley of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and UT Arlington's Amanda Aguilera.
The 6-foot-3 Bazile ended the SLC season ranked third in the league in attack percentage at .332 and was fifth in blocks at 1.06 per set. She led Lamar in both categories, as well as pacing the Lady Cardinals in kills at 2.80 per set.
Bazile was named SLC Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 20 after leading Lamar to a runner-up finish at its own tournament. She posted a career-high 21 kills against Arkansas State on Sept. 11 and posted 11 blocks against Stephen F. Austin in the Lady Cards' season finale.
Hobbs came on strong for the Lady Cardinals at the middle blocker position in the middle of the year. The 6-foot-1 Hobbs, who prepped at Atascocita High School before signing with Alabama, was named SLC Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 4.
Hobbs finished her first collegiate season with a .260 attack percentage and 2.26 kills per set. She upped her numbers to .301 and 2.43 kills per set in conference matches.
Hobbs best match came against Lamar's first round opponent in the SLC Tournament when she recorded 21 kills, a .405 attack percentage and five total blocks against Texas State.
UCA's Smith was named the Player of the Year, while teammate Collins was named Freshman and Setter of the Year. Libero of the Year honors went to UTSA's Jewasko and Steven McRoberts of UCA earned Coach of the Year recognition.
2010 All-Southland Conference Volleyball Teams
Name - School - Pos. - Cl. - Hometown/Prev. School
Chloe Smith4 - Central Arkansas - RS - Sr. - San Diego, Calif./Academy of Our Lady of Peace
Kendra Rowland3 - UTSA - OH - Sr. - Antioch, Calif./Deer Valley
Jessica Hays - Central Arkansas - OH - Jr. - Friendswood, Texas/Friendswood
AJ Watlington - Texas State - OH - Sr. - Aledo, Texas/Aledo
Carli Kolbe2 - Sam Houston State - OH - Jr. - College Station, Texas/A&M Consolidated
Kelsey Jewasko2 - UTSA - L - Jr - San Antonio, Texas/East Central
Marissa Collins - Central Arkansas - S - Fr. - Pearland, Texas/Pearland
Emma Ridley2 - A&M-Corpus Christi - OH - Sr. - Phoenix, Ariz./Tulsa
Jayme Bazile - Lamar - MB - So. - Beaumont, Texas/Ozen
Kelsey Schwirtlich - UTSA - S - So. - Corpus Christi, Texas/Calallen
Amari Deardorff - Texas State - RS - Fr. - Austin, Texas/Westwood
Amanda Aguilera2 - UT Arlington - OH - Jr. - Pearland, Texas/Pearland
Name - School - Pos. - Cl. - Hometown/Prev. School
Alicia Shaffer - UT Arlington - L - Jr. - Magnolia, Texas/Magnolia
Amber Calhoun2 - Texas State - MB - Jr. - Houston, Texas/Second Baptist
Bianca Sauls - UT Arlington - OH - Sr. - Pflugerville, Texas/Pflugerville
Cristin Curl2 - Central Arkansas - L - Jr. - Amarillo, Texas/Tascosa
MC Bottles3 - Stephen F. Austin - MB - Jr. - Rowlett, Texas/Rowlett
Danielle Daigle - Nicholls - L - Jr. - Napoleonville, La./Assumption
2 - Two-time all-conference
3 - Three-time all-conference
4 - Four-time all-conference
Honorable Mention: Taylor Hammonds, Central Arkansas; Christina Hobbs, Lamar; Katie Kennedy, McNeese State; Becky Bekelja, McNeese State; Laranda Spann, Northwestern State; Kaylee Hawkins, Sam Houston State; Kim Black, Sam Houston State; Whitney Walls, UTSA; Briana Mason, UTSA.
Individual Award Winners
Player of the Year - Chloe Smith, Central Arkansas
Libero of the Year - Kelsey Jewasko, UTSA
Freshman of the Year - Marissa Collins, Central Arkansas
Setter of the Year - Marissa Collins, Central Arkansas
Newcomer of the Year - Christina Hobbs, Lamar
Coach of the Year - Steven McRoberts, Central Arkansas LAMAR