SAU’s Glover one of GSC’s top ten

Southern Arkansas volleyball standout Maggie Glover (Waxahachie, Texas) has been named one of the Gulf South Conference’s 2011 Top Ten Award winners, announced Friday by the league office.

The 15th annual awards recognize the top five male and top five female student-athletes from across the conference.  Based on their athletic, academic and extracurricular achievements, this year’s winners are considered the elite of the GSC during the past 2010-11 athletic/academic year.  Of the 10, a top male and female will be selected to receive the Commissioner’s Trophy, the conference’s most prestigious honor.  Those presentations will be made Monday, June 20, at the GSC’s annual awards banquet at the Hilton Hotel in Birmingham, Ala.

The “Top Ten” are selected with the assistance of an advisory committee represented by athletic directors, senior women’s administrators, sports information directors, faculty athletic representatives and CEO’s from randomly selected GSC member schools.  Their recommendations are provided to the league commissioner who has the final decision.

Glover highlights the “Top Ten” field as the only graduate student, having begun that course work this past fall during her final season.  The focal point of this year’s Lady Mulerider volleyball team, she guided the squad to a 20-12 mark, a 19-win improvement over the 2009 season, which was one of the top turnarounds in the country.  Her .440 attack percentage set a school record, led the league, and ranked fourth in Division II, and is the second-best mark in GSC history for a season.  Glover also had the conference’s fourth-highest single-match attack percentage in history, hitting .875 in a win over Philander Smith.  That and her .778 percentage against Stillman set the top two marks all-time at SAU.  A team captain, she also led the squad with 96 total blocks and 397 points scored, and was second on the team with 299 kills.

For her efforts on the court this season, Glover was a second team selection on the Daktronics All-South Region team, was named first team All-GSC, and was honored as both a GSC West Division defensive and offensive player of the week.  In April she received Southern Arkansas’ women’s Auburn Smith Award, the highest accolade a student-athlete can earn, and was awarded volleyball’s most outstanding athlete.

A fifth-year player, Glover suffered a season-ending injury in her first match as a freshman in 2006, and then went on to 122 starts in 124 matches for the rest of her career.  This year she became the Lady Muleriders’ fifth player all-time to reach 1,000 kills for a career, finishing with 1,037, and ranks in the top five all-time with 364 career blocks.

Glover’s academic achievements are equally impressive, posting a 3.77 cumulative GPA in graduating Cum Laude in May 2010 with a B.S. in psychology and minor in sociology, before recording a 4.00 GPA this past fall in her first semester in graduate school in counseling.  She was a second team honoree on this year’s ESPN Academic All-District 6 team, was named to the GSC All-Academic Team for the second consecutive year, and is a now a five-time member of the GSC Academic Honor Roll.

Glover is SAU’s third women’s Top Ten honoree, the first since 2007, and the ninth Southern Arkansas student-athlete to be thus honored in the past 15 years.  She is joined in this year’s GSC women’s Top Ten field by senior tennis player Taylor Brewster (West Florida), sophomore soccer forward Nikki Brown (North Alabama), junior softball pitcher/first baseman Kayla Jackson (Arkansas-Monticello), and senior volleyball middle blocker Sarah Von Lienen (Arkansas Tech).

The men’s field consists of junior soccer midfielder/forward Frank Cope (West Florida), senior baseball center fielder Matt Johnson (Arkansas Tech), junior basketball guard Josh Magette (Alabama-Huntsville), senior baseball pitcher Trey Mitchell (North Alabama), and senior tennis player Phillip Pakebusch (Valdosta State).

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