San Antonio – Samantha Weber became the first St. Mary’s University volleyball player to earn NCAA Division II All-Region honors when the American Volleyball Coaches Association named her as first team All-Southwest Region in a release on Tuesday.

Weber (Jr., Fort Lupton, Colo.) led the Rattlers in kills per game with 3.85, attack percentage (.306) and blocks per game with 1.17. She ranks second in the Heartland Conference in attack percentage, is fourth in kills per game and is second in blocks per game. She reached double figures in kills 23 times this season in 35 matches, including five matches with 20 or more kills. Her season high came at the Heartland Conference Tournament last week with 27 against Dallas Baptist in the Rattlers five-game win over the Patriots.

“What a great honor that Samantha has earned for the program,” said coach Todd Caughlin. “The caliber of play that she and her teammates brought to the floor this year kept the program in the regional championship picture. Recognition like this truly supports that. She works hard, both on the floor and in the class. And that exemplifies what the entire program believes and works towards. I am very proud of her”

She has already been honored several times this season. She was named first team All-Heartland Conference and second team All-Southwest Region by Daktronics. Weber earned HC Offensive Player of the Week honors three times during the season. She also was named to the Heartland Conference Tournament All-Tournament team.

Weber and the Rattlers advanced to the Heartland Conference Tournament Championship before falling to Montana State University-Billings. St. Mary’s finished the 2006 season with a 19-16 overall record and 5-5 HC mark, good for third during the regular season.

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