Brister named first-team All-Louisiana while Burleson nabs second-team honor


Hannah Brister’s upward trajectory in the second half of Northwestern State’s 2018 volleyball season was rewarded Sunday by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association as was Channing Burleson’s consistent brilliance.

After a stellar sophomore season, Brister was named to the first-team All-Louisiana Volleyball Team by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association on Sunday while Burleson earned her second straight second-team selection.

Brister, a second-team All-Southland Conference and Academic All-SLC selection, led Northwestern State in kills (314), kills per set (3.20), points (341.5) and points per set (3.66). She ranked fifth in the Southland Conference in both kills and points per set.

In her final eight conference matches of the season, Brister, a Paincourtville native and Assumption High School product, averaged 4.5 kills per set and passed the 20-kill mark in three of those eight matches. In seven matches against Louisiana foes, Brister averaged 3.54 kills per set while hitting .283.

It is the first All-Louisiana honor for Brister, the 2017 Southland Conference Freshman of the Year.

“It’s another well-deserved honor for what is going to be a decorated career for Hannah,” fourth-year head coach Sean Kiracofe said. “It can’t go without saying that being from Louisiana, I am sure this is a special one for her, and I’m happy she gets to experience that.”

Burleson, a first-team All-Southland Conference and Academic All-SLC selection from Midland, Texas, repeated as a second-team selection at libero and finished third in the voting for Libero of the Year.

Burleson fell just shy of reaching 500 digs for the third straight season, nabbing 493 for an average of 4.88 per set, a mark that ranked 63rd nationally. She twice topped 30 digs in a match and added nine matches with at least 20 digs.

Her 1,879 career digs rank second in school history and stood as the 25th most among active Division I players.

“I’m happy to see Channing recognized again to close out what has been an amazing career as a Demon,” Kiracofe said. “She has had an incredible impact on this program and has made sure that her name is up there with the best that have ever played at Northwestern State.”