Nov. 15, 2012
Irving, Texas – Junior Xitlali Herrera was honored for her performance in the classroom as well as in the court, as she was named to the 2012 Conference USA All-Academic Volleyball Team, the league announced Thursday.
Seven seniors and three juniors highlight the 2012 Conference USA All-Academic Volleyball Team, as selected by the league's Sports Information Directors. The all-academic team consists of student-athletes who have earned a 3.2 cumulative grade point average or better and are a starter or key reserve on their team.
Herrera sports a 3.75 GPA with a major of multidisciplinary studies. The junior became the second Miner in program history to earn back-to-back C-USA first-team honors, joining outside hitter Michelle Stovall (1983 and 1984). The junior is an all-around competitor and is one of two C-USA players that is a middle blocker and plays all six rotations. She has started in all 28 matches this season and leads the team in hitting percentage (.304) and is second in kills (323), digs (278), blocks (98) and aces (20).
The C-USA All-Academic honoree holds top rankings in three categories in Conference USA only matches, checking in sixth in hitting percentage (.322), 10th in kills (3.13) and ninth in points (3.86).
The 2012 Conference USA Volleyball Championship is set to start Friday in Tulsa, Okla. where the Miners will take on UAB in the first round at 1 p.m.