JONESBORO, AR (astateredwolves.com) – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced Tuesday that Arkansas State’s Carlisa May has been named to the Division I Honorable Mention All-American team.
This award for May comes just eight days after being named to the AVCA Southwest All-Region team and earning the Southwest Region’s Freshman of the Year award. Markie Schaedig and Mallory Warrington were also named to the Southwest All-Region squad, while Darby Graff was an honorable mention selection. Head coach David Rehr was the Southwest Region’s Coach of the Year.
The AVCA All-American selection for May is only the second time in school history an A-State player has earned the accolade after Schaedig was named an AVCA Honorable Mention All-American in 2014. May is one of only eight freshmen to be recognized as an All-American.
“I’m so blessed and honored to represent the school as an All-American,” May said. “I never would’ve thought this season would have gone the way it did with getting SBC Freshman of the Year, SBC Tournament MVP, All-Region team, and Region Freshman of the Year, and now Honorable Mention All-American. This is like a dream I had that became reality.”
A native of Lee’s Summit, Mo., May had one of the most memorable seasons for a freshman in Arkansas State history after leading the team with 365 kills (3.58 per set) on a .300 hitting percentage, which was the second best on the team. The 3.58 kills per set mark was tied for third highest in the conference, while the hitting percentage was sixth best.
“I’m proud that we had another member of the team honored as an All-American,” Rehr said. “Carlisa’s play as a freshman was remarkable and I am happy that the AVCA has recognized it with such a prestigious award.”
Additionally, the outside hitter picked up seven Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Week awards, including six in a row from weeks 3-8 in the season, and also took home the league’s Freshman of the Year award. May was also a first-team All-SBC honoree and won the SBC Tournament MVP award after helping lead the Red Wolves to its first conference tournament championship since 1999.
“I’m so excited to help continue to build the program, and I have a lot of work to do still,” added May. I couldn’t have asked for better teammates, coaches, parents, and people who support, not only me, but the team as well. I’m excited to see where it’s headed next year and in the years to come.”
May was instrumental in the Red Wolves’ run to the NCAA Tournament, their first appearance in the event since 1999 and fifth overall. A-State concluded the season with a loss to Michigan State in the first round and ended the season with a 28-2 record, including an unblemished 16-0 mark in SBC play.