SLU’s Hidalgo earns Southland All-Academic honors

Published 11:06 am Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Southeastern Louisiana University volleyball player Jolie Hidalgo has earned Southland Conference All-Academic honors, the league office announced Wednesday.

A junior from Opelousas, Louisiana, Hidalgo maintains a 3.81 GPA while majoring in biology as well as playing a pivotal role on both the SLU indoor and beach volleyball squads.

Hidalgo finished the 2021 indoor season with 70.0 total points (0.75 pts/set) on 56 kills (0.60 k/set), six service aces (0.06 sa/set) and 15.0 total blocks (0.16 b/set). She also accumulated 157 digs (1.69 d/set) and 14 assists (0.15 a/set).

The all-academic teams are voted on by the head coaches, sports information directors and academic advisors from each Southland Conference institution. Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competition in order to qualify for the all-academic squad.

First Team All-Conference student-athletes who meet all-academic nomination criteria are automatically named First Team All-Academic honorees.

The Student-Athlete of the Year award is selected by the Southland Conference awards committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the eight member universities. The Southland Student-Athlete of the Year award is presented to the one student-athlete who achieves excellence in both academics and athletics. All nominees shall have earned at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale and demonstrated athletics achievement for at least two years at the nominating institution.

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First Team 

Name  School  Cl.  Hometown  GPA  Major 
Ellie Wipf HBU Jr. New Braunfels, Texas 4.0 Management
Anna Gadway HBU Jr. Needville, Texas 3.96 Nursing
Ebonie Ballesteros HBU Gr. El Paso, Texas 3.67 Psychology
Bethany Clapp UIW Sr. Corpus Christi, Texas 3.83 Rehabilitation Sciences
Minor: Psychology & Public Health
Carissa Barnes1,2  Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Jr. Weatherford, Texas 3.89 Kinesiology – Pre-Allied Health
Faith Panhans^,1,2  Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Jr. Plano, Texas 4.0 Elementary Education
Rachel Young1,3  Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Gr. Frisco, Texas 4.0 Business Administration

2021 Southland Volleyball Student-Athlete of the Year: Faith Panhans, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Second Team 

Name  School  Cl.  Hometown  GPA  Major 
Kaley Feris HBU Jr. North Richland Hills, Texas 3.96 Biology
Trinity Jackson New Orleans Jr. Colorado Springs, Colo. 3.85 Art
Devon Bright Nicholls Jr. Milton, Ga. 3.95 Art – Graphic Design
Emily Gauthreaux Nicholls Sr. Houma, La. 3.81 Allied Health
Haley Hoang Northwestern State Jr. Plano, Texas 3.90 Business Administration
Minor: Computer Information System
Jolie Hidalgo Southeastern Jr. Opelousas, La. 3.81 Biology
Julia Carter Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sr. Buffalo, N.Y. 4.0 Psychology

^2021 Southland Volleyball Student-Athlete of the Year

1First Team All-Conference selection

2Two-time All-Academic selection

3Three-time All-Academic selection