Nov. 18, 2013
IRVING, Texas – Senior outside hitter Laura Der (Clarksville, Ind.) and junior setter Sammie Bane (Brownstown, Ind.) has been named to the Conference USA Volleyball All-Academic Team, the league announced, on Monday.
“I’m very proud that we continue to have players recognized for the main reason they are here,” coach Mitch Jacobs said. “Academics are stressed in this program. It’s wonderful to see Sammie and Laura rewarded for the dedication they put into their studies.”
Der, who owns a 3.9 GPA in advertising, was also voted to the Capital One District II First Team which advances her to the national all-academic ballot for Marshall. In 2012, the outside hitter was named to the All-Conference USA First Team and C-USA All-Academic Team. She also earned a spot on the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and received the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal. On the court, Der leads the team with 315 kills this season, averaging 3.42 per set and has tallied 283 digs. Der reached the 1,100-career kill plateau against Charlotte on Oct. 26.
Bane has a 3.93 GPA in exercise physiology and psychology for the Thundering Herd and has won the award for the second consecutive time. The setter was selected to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll last season and has been named C-USA Setter of the Week twice this season and four times in her career. Bane has dished out 1,246 assists on the season, averaging 10.56 per set, and has helped paced the Herd to a .202 hitting percentage.