McKeesport, PA. – The Penn State University Athletic Conference released their 2018-2019 Volleyball all-conference list on Monday and there were three PSUGA volleyball players honored. Freshman Alix Ellis (Derry, Pa./Derry Area HS) was named a PSUAC West First-Team All-Conference player and teammates Seiblesierra Ili (Barstow, Ca./Barstow HS) and Kimmy Tinker (Ewing, IL./Benton Consolidated HS) were named honorable mentions for their work this season.
All three girls were part of a strong recruiting class in 2018-2019 that brought nine new girls to the program. The trio led the team in all phases of the game from offense to defense to serving and helped them continue to improve, missing the playoffs by just two games after not really being in the picture a year ago.
Ellis had a great year offensively leading the team with 185 kills on 498 total attacks and also grabbing 39 blocks. Ellis ranked fifth in all of the PSUAC with 3.08 kills per set and her 185 kills ranked her eighth in the conference. Ellis has also been recognized by the conference as a player of the week back in the opening week of her freshman season.
Ili came in and really helped stabilize the PSUGA passing game after the loss of their setter from the 2017-2018 season. Ili led the team with 334 assists and put her name in the record books ranking third all-time in assists in school history. Not only did Ili set up her attackers, she also got in on the action herself finishing with 31 kills on 117 total attacks throughout the season.
Tinker helped lead the way defensively serving as the team’s libero for a majority of the season. She led the way with 181 digs in 43 sets played for a cool 4.21 digs per set. Tinker missed two weeks of the season after going down with a torn Achilles tendon at the end of September. However, she fought hard to get back on the court and returned from injury in just under 14 days to help her team finish out the year.
All three of these ladies represent the future of PSUGA volleyball and how it has continued to grow and flourish over these last two seasons. All three will be making their marks in the future as the PSUGA Volleyball team looks to compete for a PSUAC playoff spot next season and for many years to come.