Tulane Volleyball trio named All-Conference

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Tulane all-conference

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – For the first time in the history of the American Athletic Conference, Tulane volleyball has had three players named to All-Conference teams for their performances throughout the season. Junior right-side hitter Sarah Ray received First Team honors, while senior outside hitter Tea Juric and freshman libero Kaylie McHugh were both Second Team selections.

This was also the first time three Tulane players were given all-conference honors since 2013, the team’s last year in Conference USA.

“We’re proud of our three players that were named All-Conference,” head coach Jim Barnes said. “We’re also proud of the team because it takes a team effort to put individuals forward and put them in the position to receive these honors. It gives the two returners in Ray and McHugh a lot of confidence and sets them up for next year as they bring our program into a successful future, and it was a great way for Juric to finish out her career here.”

Ray, who moved to right-side hitter early on in the 2016 season, was the first Tulane player to ever be named First Team All-Conference in the American. She led this year’s team in kills, recording 458 in 1279 attempts, and set a career single-match high 36 kills at Memphis on Oct. 23, the highest single-match total in the American this season.

“Sarah Ray being named First Team is very deserving,” Barnes said. “She was one of the best offensive players in the league, and she did it in a new position. She had one of the best improved years of anybody in the conference.”

As a freshman, McHugh, led the conference in digs, finishing with 435 in league-only match-ups. She also led in digs per set, with 5.30. In the last match of the year, McHugh broke a school record in single-match digs, recording a career-high 37 against USF on Nov. 25. With that number, she moved up to second place in the record book with 594 single-season digs.

“For Kaylie McHugh to be a freshman and receive these honors is big for our program,” Barnes said. “She’s one of the best freshmen in the league and, in my opinion, in the country. She had a tremendous first season for us and I can’t wait to see what else she brings in the future.”

Juric wrapped up her Tulane career in Friday’s match-up with USF, finishing her time at Tulane with 1533 kills, the third-highest mark in school history. In 2016 alone, she was second on the team in three categories, with 340 kills, 369 digs and 28 service aces. Juric also finished the season with 17 double-doubles, one of the highest totals in the conference.

“Tea Juric had a tremendous second half of the year,” Barnes said. “She really came on strong and made a big push for her team, ending her career very strongly as well.”

First Team All-Conference
Jale Hervey, OH, UCF
Kia Bright, OH, UCF*
Carly Nolan, OH, Cincinnati
Jade Tingelhoff, S, Cincinnati
Jordan Thompson, RS/OH, Cincinnati*
Janelle Giordano, MB, SMU
Katie Hegarty, RS, SMU*
Morgan Heise, L, SMU
Irem Asci, OH, Temple
Izzy Rapacz, RS/OH, Temple
Sarah Ray, OH, Tulane
Erica Bohannon, OH, Tulsa

*Denotes unanimous selection

Second Team All-Conference
Ciara Hill, OH, Cincinnati
Kayla Williams, OH, UConn
Kendall Patterson, S, SMU
Kristen Stehling, MB, SMU
Kirsten Overton, MB, Temple
Kaylie McHugh, L, Tulane
Tea Juric, OH, Tulane
Brooke Berryhill, L, Tulsa

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