BOWLING GREEN, Kent. (11/19/03) -- North Texas senior outside hitter Corina Marginas (Brasov, Romania) was named the 2003 Sun Belt Conference Volleyball Player of the Year on Wednesday and was one of three Mean Green players to earn a spot on the all-conference team.
Marginas also garnered First Team All-Conference honors, while senior setter Kristin Sheppard and sophomore middle blocker Brittney Gregory (Klein, Tex.) were Second Team All-Conference selections. Marginas, Sheppard and Gregory helped lead North Texas to its best ever record in the Sun Belt Conference at 11-4, to its first 20-win season since 1995 and to the school records for kills, attacks, assists and digs.
Marginas, also named the league’s Preseason Player of the Year, has now been named First Team All-Conference all four years of her career at North Texas. Sheppard, the 2001 Sun Belt Conference Newcomer of the Year, has been a Second Team selection the last two years. Gregory is a first-time selection to the all-conference team after finishing the regular season with a career-best 443 kills that ranks second on the team and fifth all-time at North Texas for a single season. Gregory also has 37 aces and a team-leading 93 blocks.
Marginas broke the school record for single-season kills this year with 620 to her credit heading into the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. She ranks second in the conference in kills (4.81 kpg), fourth in service aces (0.41 sapg) and 10th in digs (3.28 dpg). She is currently ranked 30th in the nation in kills, has recorded 22 double-doubles and has at least 20 kills in 13 matches. The senior standout holds the school records for kills, attacks, aces and digs.
Sheppard broke her own school record for single-season kills this year and is the school’s all-time record holder with 4,313 to her credit. The Texarkana, Tex., native is the only player in school history to record 4,000 or more assists in a career. She leads the Mean Green and is ranked third in the Sun Belt in assists this season with 1,520. She has posted 17 double-doubles and two triple-doubles as a senior and was named to the Lamar Cardinal Classic All-Tournament Team.
The Mean Green plays Arkansas State in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.