November 3, 2006
San Antonio – Samantha Weber led the way as four St. Mary’s University volleyball players were named All-Heartland Conference, it was announced by the league office on Friday. Also earning All-HC honors were Courtney Matula, Sarah Moreno and Valerie Teter.
Weber (Jr., Ft. Lupton, Colo.) was the lone first team pick for the Rattlers. She was one of three middle blockers selected to the team. She leads the Rattlers in kills per game with 3.77, attack percentage (.306) and blocks per game with 1.16. She ranks second in the Heartland Conference in attack percentage, is fifth in kills per game and is second in blocks per game. She has reached double figures in kills 21 times this season in 33 matches, including four matches with 20 or more kills. Her season high came on Oct. 14 against Eastern New Mexico University when she posted 25 kills in just three games.
Matula (Jr., San Antonio) earned second team honors at setter for St. Mary’s. Matula currently ranks second in the Heartland Conference in assists with 11.07 and is third in service aces with 0.44 per game. She has reached double figures in assists in all 33 matches this season and has posted 50 or more assists in 10 matches, including a season best of 65 against Valdosta State University. Matula was one of just two Rattlers to play in all 117 games this season.
Moreno (So., Pearland) was named All-HC for the first time as a Rattler, earning honorable mention recognition. She played in 112 of 117 games this season, averaging 2.56 kills, 0.83 blocks, while hitting .180. All of those total rank second on the team, behind only Weber. She reached double figures in kills 11 times this season, including a season best of 18 against the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and the University of Central Oklahoma. She had five or more blocks seven times this season; including a season best seven against West Texas A&M University.
Teter (So., San Antonio) excelled in her first season as the full-time libero for the Rattlers and was rewarded for her play, earning honorable mention All-HC honors. She led the team in digs per game with 4.50. She reached double figures in digs in 28 of 32 matches, including eight matches with 20 or more digs. She had a career high of 29 against Texas A&M University-Commerce. Her average is the third highest in the Heartland Conference. She ranks second on the team in service aces with 38 for an average of 0.32.
St. Mary’s is playing in the Heartland Conference Tournament semifinals today at 4 p.m. against Dallas Baptist. If the Rattlers will they will move on to the championship game on Saturday at 8 p.m. against the winner of the St. Edward’s University-Montana State University-Billings semifinal Friday night at 7 p.m.