Hawkins Garners First-Team All C-USA Honors for Second-Straight Season
Nov. 23, 2011
IRVING, Texas - Junior outside hitter Altrese Hawkins was named a First Team All-Conference USA performer, the league announced Wednesday. This is the second-straight year she has received the distinction from C-USA.
"Any recognition from conference is always a big deal," Hawkins said. "The strong support system I have from my family, friends and teammates helped me push myself this season. I'm extremely blessed."
"Congratulations to Altrese for another solid year as a member of this program," head coach April Jauregui said. "C-USA is a conference with tremendous parody and as you can see from the All CUSA list a lot of very talented players. Altrese has proven herself, not only as a top player in the conference, but one of the best offensive players to ever wear a Memphis uniform. This season, Altrese has also developed her back court skills and has emerged as a true leader on the court. She has matured so much in just 3 years. I am very proud of her and looking forward to see how far she can take her game this spring and next season."
Hawkins, also a two-time C-USA All-Academic team selection, currently ranks ninth in Memphis history with 1,329 career kills. Hawkins leads Memphis in sets played (117), matches started (32), kills (511), kills per set (4.37) and hitting percentage (.284). She is second in C-USA in both kills per set and points per set (4.74).
"Of course, any individual accolade is a testament to the performance of our team," Jauregui said. "Our primary passers Vesna Jelic and Aleksandra Petronijevic were some of the best in the conference. While their contribution may not be recognized with a formal award, we know that their ability to control the ball is a key factor in our offense. In addition, our setter, Hajnalka Molnar had a remarkable season. She emerged this season as an elite setter who made her mark on the national rankings. Our offensive production is in direct relation to her ability to distribute the ball and make wise choices."
Memphis plays its final match of the 2011 season Wednesday night when it takes on UAB at 7 p.m. in Birmingham, Ala.
"As a program that our future is bright," Jauregui said. "We return a solid starting lineup, who will have another year of experience going into next season. I continue to anticipate great things for our players."
2011 CONFERENCE USA VOLLEYBALL POSTSEASON AWARD WINNERS
ALL-CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM
ALL-CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM
ALL FRESHMAN TEAM
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
SETTER OF THE YEAR
LIBERO OF THE YEAR
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR