Hollas Named to CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team

first_imgNACOGDOCHES, Texas – In a release issued Thursday afternoon by the College Sports Information Director of America (CoSIDA), Stephen F. Austin sophomore Ann Hollas was selected as a CoSIDA Academic All-District® First Team member for her efforts both in the classroom and on the court. The only Southland Conference volleyball player to earn CoSIDA Academic All-District acclaim in 2017, Hollas is the owner of a perfect 4.0 GPA in biology while overseeing one of the nation’s most efficient offenses on the volleyball court. As a First-Team Academic All-District honoree, Hollas advances to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be announced in December.Coming into the 2017 campaign as the reigning Southland Conference Freshman of the Year, Hollas maintained her post as the squad’s primary setter and has since helped the Ladyjacks add another memorable chapter to the program’s storied history. So far in 2017, Hollas has dished out 885 assists – good for a per-set average of 7.76 which is the 10th-highest in the Southland Conference – while directing a Ladyjack attack that operates at a collective .261 hitting percentage. Not only is that hitting percentage the best in the Southland Conference, it’s also the 29th-best among all NCAA Division I volleyball squads.SFA’s top threat from the service line, Hollas has racked up 39 aces from there so far in 2017. That total is good for the fourth-best in the Southland Conference while her 0.34 aces per set average is the sixth-highest in the 13-team league. Also contributing in a big way to the Ladyjacks’ efforts on defense, Hollas leads the team with 12 double-doubles. Her digs per set average of 2.36 make her one of five SFA regulars who are averaging two or more digs per set. Because of that defense, the Ladyjacks have held opponent to a hitting percentage of just .164 throughout 2017 – the second-best figure in the Southland and the 30th-best nationally. With the aid of Hollas’ SFA has rolled up a 26-6 overall record so far in 2017 which included an 11-match winning streak as part of an 11-1 start to the campaign. That run represented the best start to a season in the history of the program and helped propel the squad to a 14-2 record in Southland Conference action. Hollas and the rest of the Ladyjacks are in the midst of preparing for the 2017 Southland Conference Tournament in Corpus Christi, Texas. By virtue of claiming the 2017 Southland Conference regular season title – the ninth in the history of the program – SFA earned the top seed for the league’s postseason tournament.The Ladyjacks begin their quest for an automatic NCAA Tournament berth at 11:00 a.m. Friday inside the Dugan WellnessCenter on the campus of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi when they take on eighth-seeded Abilene Christian in the first of four quarterfinal matches scheduled that day.Photo courtesy of Hardy Meredithlast_img read more

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Car sales accelerating in Donegal

first_imgCar sales in the county have had a welcome increase, with an 18% rise in new registrations to date this year.However, motor insurance premiums have increased by 71.3% in the past three years, causing a burden to motorists and businesses. New car registrations in Donegal stand at 3453 unit sales up to September 2016. Last year’s sales to date were 2924. The figures come from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry, who say that the rise in the cost of motor insurance premiums for consumers and businesses is now a serious concern.In the past year alone, motor insurance premiums are up by 38.6%, and with further increases expected, SIMI say that younger drivers and those on lower incomes will be seriously affected.SIMI Director General Alan Nolan said, “Consumer and business confidence are crucial in driving economic activity so any negative decisions in the forthcoming Budget will directly impact on activity, on employment and on tax revenues in 2017.”“Our experience of previous periods of high insurances costs suggest that car maintenance will reduce, increasing the risk of accidents and the incidence of uninsured driving is also likely to increase.”The society are calling for the re-establishment of the Motor Insurance Advisory Board, whose recommendations led to reductions and improved transparency in relation to the factors contributing to insurance costs. Car sales accelerating in Donegal was last modified: October 4th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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