The awards continue to pile up for Northwestern State’s Hannah Brister. This week she was named a volleyballmag.com honorable mention All-American, adding to her already impressive list of postseason awards.
The Southland Conference and LSWA Louisiana Player of the Year, the first Lady Demon to be chosen for either top award, Brister had the most prolific offensive season in program history thus far. Along with the award firsts, she was the first player to hammer 500 kills in a season, smashing the NSU single-season record.
“It makes me proud of all of the hard work that I’ve put in and the many hours and things I have sacrificed to be where I am today,” Brister said. “I wouldn’t have had the season I had without my teammates.
“Everyone played a role this year whether on the court or on the bench. Having a team full of best friends was definitely the key.”
Her 539 kills and 4.77 kill per set average this season helped the Lady Demons to their first 20-win season under Kiracofe and fifth overall. It also earned NSU its second-ever postseason berth with a trip to the National Invitational Volleyball Championship.
“In my opinion Hannah stood out consistently in a season with a lot of great volleyball and individual performances,” fifth-year head coach Sean Kiracofe said. “Hannah is incredible talented, had an amazing season and this is a deserved honor. She is going to continue to shine for the rest of her career.
Having already surpassed the 1,000-kill mark as a junior, the Paincourtville native has her eyes squarely set on the NSU program record during her final season in Natchitoches in 2020.
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