Multiple Lions earn post-season honors
FLORENCE — University of North Alabama senior defensive lineman Courtney Harris of Jupiter, Fla., is one of eight national finalists for the Eighth Annual Gene Upshaw Award as the top lineman in NCAA Division II Football.
A first-team All-Gulf South Conference, Harris ranks among the Division II national leaders with 10 quarterback sacks for 73 yards in losses and 13.5 tackles for loss of 87 yards. He finished the 2010 season with 55 total tackles,including 29 solos stops.
Harris helped lead one of Division II’s top defensive units in 2010 as the Lions went 9-4 and advanced to the second round of the Division II playoffs.
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UNA HAS TWO SOCCER ALL-AMERICANS
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — University of North Alabama sophomore soccer standouts Chloe Roberts and Nikki Brown have earned Daktronics All-American honors for the second straight year.
Roberts was a first-team All-American pick this season after earning second-team honors a year ago. Brown is a second-team All-Americas selection for the second straight year.
Roberts, from Plymouth, England, ranks second in the nation in scoring with 28 goals this season. She also had 11 assists and ranked second nationally in total points with 67. In just two seasons with the Lions she has already scored 60 goals and ranks as the fifth leading career scorer in Gulf South Conference history.
Brown, from Bognor Regis, England, ranked among the Division II leaders with 16 assists and tied her UNA single season assist record that she set in 2009. With 32 assists in two seasons, she already ranks as UNA’s career leader.
The duo helped lead UNA to a 16-4-1 overall record and a second-place finish in the Gulf South Conference. North Alabama also made its second straight appearance in the Division II South Regional Tournament.
Sports information directors from NCAA Division II schools and conferences selected the three Daktronics All-America teams. The process begins at the regional level with all first-team all-region picks advancing to the national ballot. This is the fifth year Daktronics has sponsored the NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer All-America and all-region teams. A total of 39 student-athletes representing 24 different institutions filled out the three teams.
The team is sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition. The team is voted on by the NCAA Division II members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (D2SIDA), with the online nomination and voting process powered by ATHLETICSITE.COM.
VOLLEYBALL STANDOUTS NAMED TO ALL-REGION TEAM
FLORENCE – Three University of North Alabama volleyball players have received All-South Region honors by Daktronics and the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). Middle blocker Sarah Roberts received first-team honors by the AVCA and was a second-team selection on the Daktronics list. Outside hitter Natalie Marsh and libero Lauren Greenhill also each received honorable mentions by the AVCA.
Roberts, a first team All-Gulf South Conference selection, finished the season with a team-high 416 kills. The senior from Maryville, Tenn., led the GSC East Division with a 3.47 kills-per-set average. She also earned GSC East Offensive Player-of-the-Week honors following the opening weekend of the season.
Marsh was also named first team All-GSC. The junior from Cincinnati, Ohio, was the team’s second-leading hitter averaging 2.59 kills per set. She was also second on the team with 350 digs and recorded 10 double-doubles on the year.
Greenhill, a junior from Florence, received second-team All-GSC honors. She led the East Division in total digs (561) and digs per set (4.71). She was also a four-time GSC East Defensive Player of the Week selection.