The accolades continue to pour in for Northwestern State volleyball following a stellar 2019 campaign.
On Monday, the Louisiana Sports Writer’s Association announced the 2019 All-Louisiana team with the Lady Demons leading the way at three overall selections and two individual honors.
Hannah Brister was named the LSWA Player of the Year, a first for NSU, while Sean Kiracofe picked up the program’s third LSWA Coach of the Year honor. Seniors Alexis Warren and Megan Lohmiller found spots on the All-Louisiana second-team to round out the honors.
The Lady Demons’ fifth 20-win season and second postseason appearance in program history made Kiracofe an easy choice for the state’s top coach. NSU set a new single-season team record with a .224 team attack percentage, finished third in the Southland Conference and tied a record eight-match winning streak. It was the best season in the five years since Kiracofe’s arrival.
“I agree with people that say coach of the year awards should be coaching staff of the year awards,” Kiracofe said. “I could not receive this without a lot of help and collaboration during the season. I also have to thank a team full of amazing players that bought into what we are trying to do as a staff and make every day enjoyable to come to work.”
Adding to her already impressive list of season and career awards, Brister, one of just two Pelican State natives on the 2019 All-Louisiana team, was named the first LSWA Player of the Year in NSU volleyball history along with garnering a spot on the first team.
Also the first Southland Conference Player of the Year for NSU set a single-season record by becoming the first Demon to reach 500 kills in a season. She sits atop the NSU record books in kills and attempts for a season following the 2019 campaign with her eyes set on the career mark in both categories next year.
“Hannah is incredibly talented and had an amazing season,” Kiracofe said. “She has worked hard for, and is completely deserving of, all the honors that she has received this year and more.”
Capping off tremendous careers with their first All-Louisiana selections are Warren and Lohmiller who each reached impressive career milestones during the 2019 season. Both notched 1,000 digs in their careers with Warren adding her name to the illustrious 1,000-kill club at NSU.
“I’ve said several times during the season what Alexis and Megan have meant to this program,” Kiracofe said. “They have been in circumstances where they don’t normally get the recognition they deserve and have earned. So, I’m very happy that they are getting these honors to end great careers.”
Lohmiller was a mainstay for the Lady Demons backline all season, maintaining the high-level defensive play the team has become known for under Kiracofe. She ends her career ranked in the top five in digs with just one full season as a starting libero.
Warren had her best statistical season at NSU, and second 300-kill, 300-dig season, showcasing on a nightly basis the role she played in the success of the team. A dynamic counterpart to Brister on the outside, the Cypress, Texas, native tallied 338 kills with a 2.94 kill per set average, both career bests.
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