North Texas Volleyball Places Three On C-USA All-Conference Teams
Milam, Chamberlain Named First Team, Eakin All-Freshman Team
IRVING - The North Texas volleyball team placed three players on the Conference USA all-conference list voted by the coaches, the conference announced Wednesday.
Juniors Amanda Chamberlain and Holly Milam garnered first team honors, the first of their careers, while Emma Eakin earned a spot on the All-Freshman team.
Chamberlain rose to the occasion this year with the departure of Carnae Dillard, becoming the offensive weapon the Mean Green needed. The 6-foot-3 middle put together one of the best individual seasons in North Texas history, leading the team with 302 kills, and hit .372 on the season, good for fourth in conference.
Her mark of .372 pushed her career-attack percentage to .336, passing Karissa Flack (.330) for the highest in program history. She set a career high with 23 kills versus UNC-Wilmington.
Milam, who was named second team All-Conference a year ago, was dominant in C-USA play for the Mean Green. The Burleson native collected 189 of her 284 kills against C-USA foes, averaging 3.57 kills per set and hit .255 in conference matches.
She was named the C-USA Offensive Player of the Week on Nov. 7 after tallying a combined 40 kills against Louisiana Tech and Marshall. Her 22 kills in the 3-1 victory over LA Tech marked a career high.
"Our staff is excited for Amanda and Holly to be recognized as first team All-C-USA players," head coach Andrew Palileo said. "They have put in a lot of work over the last couple of years to get to this point. Our system is dependent on their success, and for other coaches to recognize them as first-team players says a lot about their work ethic and effort in every match."
Eakin had a strong freshman campaign for the Mean Green, averaging 2.05 kills a set. She is fourth on the team with 164 kills hit .198 this season. In conference action, Eakin had 111 kills and hit .242. She set a career-high with 17 kills against FIU on Sept. 25.
The Wichita Falls native earned C-USA Freshman of the Week honors on Sept. 21, the first of her career.
"Emma came in early last spring to transition from an outside position to a middle position," Palileo said. "We are happy that she has been rewarded for the work that she put in. She has a very high ceiling as a volleyball player, so we're excited for her continued growth in the years to come."