Walker and McIntyre land on Preseason All-Southland Conference Teams

Walker and McIntyre land on Preseason All-Southland Conference Teams

SFA Athletics

FRISCO, TX- A pair of Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack volleyball players collected 2016 Preseason All-Southland Conference acclaim as the league office unveiled its 18-woman list in a press release issued this afternoon. Senior middle blocker Justice Walker was SFA's lone representative on the first team while junior outside hitter Abby McIntyre captured second team honors.

Prepared to begin her final season in Nacogdoches, Walker has landed spots on the All-Southland Conference First Team in each of her last two seasons. Headed into 2016, the Fort Worth, Texas, product ranks fifth all-time in program history with a career attack percentage of .304 and needs 156 more kills to reach 1,000 for her career. A season ago, Walker led all SFA players in kills (344), kills per set (2.73) and attack percentage (.317) while starting in all 34 of the Ladyjacks' tilts. Her attack percentage of .317 also stood as the fifth-best among all Southland Conference student-athletes last season.

Another one of the Ladyjacks' four upperclassmen, McIntyre closed out 2015 by appearing in 70 sets over 22 matches. Although she lost a portion of her season to an injury, the native of Richmond, Texas, was a boon for the Ladyjacks in both the front and back rows. Only three SFA players bettered her kills per set average of 2.33 and she also ranked fifth on the squad with 1.87 digs per set.

Eight student-athletes who were selected all-conference last season appear on the 2016 Southland Conference preseason all-conference volleyball teams. The remaining positions were filled by a vote of the league's head coaches.

On Monday it was revealed that the Southland Conference volleyball coaches selected the 2016 edition of the Ladyjacks as the favorite to win the 13-team league. SFA begins its 2016 season on Friday, August 26, in Green Bay, Wis., by battling Eastern Illinois in the UW-Green Bay Invitational. First serve is scheduled for 10:00 a.m.

2016 All-Southland Conference Volleyball Preseason Teams
First Team
Name | Class | Pos. | School | Hometown
Justice Walker (1) | Sr. | MB | Stephen F. Austin | Fort Worth, Texas
Kristyn Nicholson (1) | Jr. | S | Texas A&M-Corpus Christi | Lewisville, Texas
Kate Klepetka (1) | Jr. | Lib. | Texas A&M-Corpus Christi | Allen, Texas
Brittany Gilpin (1) | Jr. | MB | Texas A&M-Corpus Christi | Houston, Texas
Chelsea Grant (1) | Sr. | MB | Lamar | Killeen, Texas
Autumn Lockley (1) | So. | OH | Incarnate Word | Leander, Texas
Megan Nash (1) | Jr. | RS | Central Arkansas | Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Jessica Wooten (1) | Sr. | OH | Houston Baptist | Humble, Texas
Kayla Armer | Sr. | S | Houston Baptist | Bradenton, Fla.
Kaci Eaton | Sr. | OH | Nicholls | Austin, Texas
Blessing Dunn | Jr. | OH | New Orleans | Jacksonville, Ala.
Landry Bullock | Sr. | OH | Southeastern Louisiana | Spring, Texas

Second Team
Name | Class | Pos. | School | Hometown
Samantha Anderson | So. | MB | Central Arkansas | Tyler, Texas
Jordyn Vaughn | Jr. | OH | Sam Houston State | Huntsville, Texas
Bailey Banks | Jr. | OH | Houston Baptist | Missouri City, Texas
Morgan Carlson | Sr. | RS | Texas A&M-Corpus Christi | Reno, Nev.
Abby McIntyre | Jr. | OH | Stephen F. Austin | Richmond, Texas
Madeleine Doud | Jr. | MB | Texas A&M-Corpus Christi | Alameda, Calif.

(1) -  Returning all-conference selection