Nov. 15, 2012
Conference USA Full Release
IRVING, Texas – Sophomore setter Sammie Bane and junior outside hitter Laura Der were announced to Conference USA’s 12-member All-Academic team on Thursday afternoon by the league office.
The All-Academic team consists of student-athletes who have earned a 3.2 cumulative grade point average or better and are a starter or key reserve on their team. Nine different conference schools had players recognized on the prestigious list.
With seven of the selections being seniors, Der was part of three juniors given the honor and Sammie Bane, along with Tulsa’s Carly Boatwright, were the only two sophomores picked.
The award is the first career All-Academic honor for both Der and Bane and marks the first All-Academic selection for Marshall since Elizabeth Fleming in 2010. Bane now accumulates two post-season league awards, earning All-Freshman team last season. After being named to this season’s All-Conference team, Der combines for two career conference awards.
“To have two players that play at a very high level realize and make academics their number one priority shows how focused these two really are when it comes to being a student-athlete,” praised head coached Mitch Jacob. “Being a student-athlete is very real and one of Mr. Hamrick’s core values that our department follows.”
Bane has played and started in 30 matches and 114 sets. She leads Marshall with 1,201 assists, averaging 10.54 per set, and ranks third in the conference. She records the second-highest assists count in C-USA only with 58 against Memphis (10/21) and has seven matches with 50-plus assist counts. On defense, Bane adds 216 digs for the season and has eight double-doubles. As a freshman, the Brownstown, Ind. native was awarded the C-USA Commissioner’s Medal and selected to the Honor Roll.
Der has played in and started 28 matches and 106 sets this season. In the classroom, she has been selected to the C-USA Honor Roll each year of her career and was awarded the league’s Commissioner’s Medal for having over a 3.75 cumulative GPA this past 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 proud that our entire team, as all the teams here at Marshall, take their academics very serious,” continued Jacobs. “A big thanks to Jillian Boys, our Buck-Harless student athlete advisor. She is simply awesome at her job.”