MIAMI, Fla. - North Texas’ Corina Marginas (Brasov, Romania)
and Kristin Sheppard (Texarkana, Tex.)
have been named to the 2002 All-Sun Belt Conference Volleyball Team, released Wednesday night at the league’s annual Volleyball Awards Banquet.
Marginas was one of six players named to the first team as a unanimous selection, while Sheppard earned second-team honors. Marginas, a junior outside hitter, has now been named to the league’s first team all three years of her North Texas career. Sheppard, who earned Newcomer of the Year honors as a sophomore last season, makes her first appearance on one of the conference’s top two teams.
Despite missing the final two matches of the regular season due to an ankle injury, Marginas led the league in total kills (491) and kills per game (4.81). She was named Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week twice this season and garnered First-Team Verizon Academic All-District VI honors. The junior standout’s 491 kills rank third all-time at North Texas for a single season.
Sheppard enjoyed the best season ever by a setter at North Texas, recording a school-record 1,459 assists. She tallied a team-best 13 double-doubles and was named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week on Oct. 28. She ended the regular season second on the team in total digs with 305, which is tied for the eighth-highest total in school history. Sheppard finished the regular season ranked second in the Sun Belt Conference in assists per game (12.1), behind only Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year Sara Noe from Western Kentucky.
The Mean Green finished the regular season 16-16 overall and 10-5 in Sun Belt Conference play. North Texas will square off against Middle Tennessee in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament on Thursday.