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Der and Shemanski Receive League Awards

This is Laura Der's first post-season league award.

Nov. 13, 2012

IRVING, Texas – Conference USA announced All-League teams on Tuesday afternoon and included in the selection was Marshall’s junior outside hitter Laura Der, who earned First Team All-C-USA honors, and freshman middle blocker Jillian Shemanski, who made it to the six-player All-Freshman team.

Der’s All-Conference honor marks the first time a Marshall player has been named to First Team since Elizabeth Herman in 2010. The selection is the first post-season conference award of her career. Der has played in and started 28 matches and 106 sets this season. She ranks No. 24 in NCAA in kills (4.34 k/s) and No. 24 in points (4.92 p/s), while leading the team in kills (460), attacks (1,377), service aces (37), points (521.0), and is third in digs (321).

“I’m really excited for Laura to be making first team,” said head coach Mitch Jacobs. “She has just had a heck of a year offensively. Her stats rank really high nationally and within the league. I think it’s well deserved. Our getting the ball to Laura in the system that we use is predicated on the rest of the team doing their job also. Her award on this is really a reflection of, one, her hard work, effort and her ability, but it’s also a reflection on the team buying into their roles and playing for each other.”

Der has been a consistent offensive threat all season, ranking second in C-USA in kills and points, and is fourth in service aces. The Clarksville, Ind. places second in school history for attempts in a season and seventh for kills. This season she recorded 29 kills (4 sets) against Houston. Only four other players in Marshall history have recorded more kills in a match.

Shemanski is one of three players to make the Conference USA All-Freshman team in Marshall’s eight year history with the league, joining Sammie Bane and 2007 Freshman of the Year, Elizabeth Fleming. Shemanski has played and started in 26 matches and 100 sets. She leads Marshall with 96 total blocks (14 solo, 82 assists) and ranks seventh in the conference in blocks (0.96 b/s).



“Jill has worked really hard,” commented Jacobs. “She has come up on some tough times with shin splint injuries, but that middle part of the season for Jill was something else. She racked up blocking stats and she got herself better offensively, and made a big difference for us in the early-to-mid run that we had. I think that really showed in her statistics and put her on the All-Freshman team. It’s a great award for Jill and again it’s really great that she has been recognized by the other coaches in the league. She is somebody, obviously, that people are thinking about when they prepare an offense.”

The Jupiter, Fla. native recorded 13 block assists against SMU (9/23), placing sixth all-time in C-USA history for block assists in a match. The 13 blocks ranks second in Marshall history for blocks in a match and is the most by any C-USA player all season. She has recorded five or more blocks in seven different matches and has led the team in blocks for 18 matches. On offense, she adds 71 kills, 45 of which came against C-USA opponents, and records a .267 hitting percentage in C-USA matches.



Katie Norris, Sr., OH, Houston
Laura Der, Jr., OH, Marshall
Altrese Hawkins, Sr., OH, Memphis
Nancy Cole, Sr., MB, Rice
Megan Murphy, RJr., S, Rice
Caroline Young, So., OH, SMU
Jessica Adams, Sr., L, Tulsa
Tyler Henderson, Sr., OH, Tulsa
Sam Serley, Sr., MB, UAB
DeLaina Sarden, So., MB, UCF
Jeane Horton, Jr., OH, UTEP
Xitlali Herrera, Jr., MB, UTEP
Chandace Tryon, Sr., MB, Houston
Jillian Humphrey, So., MB, Rice
Laurie McNamara, Sr., OH, Rice
Courtney Manning, Sr., MB, SMU
Cori Martone, Jr.,MB/OH, Tulane
Kellie Culbertson, Jr., OH, Tulsa
Rachel Fairbanks, Jr., L, UAB
Sam Skinner, Fr., UAB
Angelica Crump, Jr., OH, UCF
Malia Patterson, Jr., S, UTEP
Emily Howard, MB, Houston
Jillian Shemanski, MB, Marshall
Lydia Bonner, OH, Southern Miss
Quinci Hayward, MB, Southern Miss
Ashley Hooper, MB, Tulsa
Sam Skinner, OH/MB, UAB