GLEN ROSE — Three members of the 2018 Glen Rose Lady Tiger volleyball team earned postseason awards in the respective conferences for their efforts during their freshman college volleyball season.
Logan Smith and Libby Hinton, who play at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, earned first- and second-team Great American Conference honors, respectively, while Bryanna Lytle, who played at Cedar Valley College, earned Northern Texas Junior College Athletic Conference second-team accolades.
“It is so exciting to see three girls out of our Lady Tiger volleyball program earn such high honors as freshmen. These girls make me so proud,” Glen Rose volleyball coach Sandy Langford said. “All three of these girls are exceptional athletes with above-average qualities that allow them to be so successful in volleyball no matter the level. They are all very competitive, dedicated and flat know how to work hard.”
Smith led the Lady Bisons and was third in the GAC in kills per set at 3.46, and she also averaged 3.39 digs. She currently leads the team with 375 kills, and she also has 372 digs, 49 blocks and 20 service aces.
“Logan is all-out player,” Langford said. “She is a fighter and powerful player — giving it all she has.”
During the regular season, Hinton averaged 2.63 kills per set, while leading the team in hitting percentage at .279. She ranked third in the GAC on blocks at 1.23 kills per set. She currently has 200 kills and a team-best 93 blocks, and is hitting .284.
“Libby is probably the hardest-working, most-determined, most-competitive athlete and most-coachable kid I have ever coached.” Langford said. “If there was something she couldn’t do, she worked as long as needed to be able to do it and do it well.”
The Lady Bisons won their opening-round GAC Tournament with a 3-1 decision over Southwestern Oklahoma State University on Thursday behind 19 kills and 22 digs from Smith, and 16 kills and six blocks from Hinton. They were scheduled to play Northwestern State University in the semifinals. The finals are Saturday, and the winner of the tournament earns the GAC’s lone automatic bid to the NCAA Div. II Volleyball Tournament,
Lytle finished second on the team in kills with 224 while hitting .194. She also recorded 269 digs (second-best on team) to go along with 22 services aces and 15 blocks.
“Bry is so talented and has great technique, skill and court sense, and that makes up for her height,” Langford said. “She does things correct, therefore, she can do anything she needs to to get the job done.”
Madison Mooney is the fourth player from the team to play college volleyball. She played at North Lake College, which is in the same conference at Cedar Valley, but her season was cut short due to injury.