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Chapron, Andersen named AVCA All-Americans, Chapron makes Lion Volleyball history.

COMMERCE – The American Volleyball Coaches Association announced Tuesday that Texas A&M University-Commerce volleyball student-athletes Shelle Chapron and Sydney Anderson made All-Americans. Chapron was named a Third Team All-American, while Andersen was named All-American Honorable Mention. It is the third consecutive All-America season for Chapron, while Andersen earns her first All-America award in a Lion uniform.

Chapron­­– a senior from Houston (St. Pius X)­– becomes the first Lion volleyball player ever to earn three All-America awards in her career. She was also named All-America Honorable Mention in both her sophomore and junior seasons. She earned All-America status in all three of her seasons at A&M-Commerce. During her senior campaign, Chapron raised her play to even greater heights, receiving the Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Year. She led the LSC in points scored during the regular season, as she ranked in the top 10 in the conference in both kills and blocks. During the year, she ranked second in the LSC in hitting percentage, third in aces, third in blocks, and ninth in kills. She also ranked in the top 20 in the nation in both hitting percentage and blocks. She had ten or more kills in 17 different matches and had five or more blocks in 14 different matches. 

Andersen– a junior from Placentia, Calif.– had a stellar debut season for the Lions, as she was a formidable hitter all season. She led the team and was fifth in the LSC in kills, and also ranked in the top 10 in hitting percentage among outside hitters. She also finished in the top 10 in the league in points scored, recording 73 blocks on the year. She was also used as a six-rotation player at spots, tallying 91 digs on the year. She had 21 matches with at least ten kills, including 24 kills in the Lions’ LSC Tournament match, while also hitting better than .300 in 14 different contests. 

Chapron and Andersen helped lead the Lions to the NCAA Regional Tournament for the third season in a row, tying a program record for most consecutive appearances. The Lions finished the season with a 24-7 record overall, a 16-2 record in the LSC, and a share of the Divisional Championship.

First Team

Name School Pos. Yr.
Kate Berg Minnesota Duluth OH Jr.
Allyson Cappel Ferris State OH Sr.
Alexis Cardoza Cal State San Bernardino OH Jr.
Sascha Dominque Cal State San Bernardino MB Sr.
Kayleigh Harper Western Washington MB Sr.
Marine Kinna Lynn OH Jr.
Dominique Lipari Central Oklahoma L Sr.
Jasmine Mulvihill Concordia-St. Paul RS Fr.
Karli Reichert Rockhurst OH Sr.
Laura Snyder Northern State RS Jr.
Drew Stokes Colorado School of Mines S So.
Abby Tiesman Colorado School of Mines MB Sr.
Sonja Udovcic Lynn OH Jr.
Allyssa Van Wienen Hillsdale MB Jr.

Second Team

 Genna Berg  Washburn  OH  Jr.
 Christine Carroll  USC Aiken  MB  Sr.
 Anna Demmer  Arkansas-Ft. Smith  OH  Sr.
 Megan Flom  Winona State  MB  Jr.
 Maeve Grimes  Ferris State  S  Sr.
 Haley Kramer  Wheeling  MB  Sr.
 Katie McKiel  Tampa  OH  Jr.
 Torrey Miller  West Texas A&M  RS  Fr.
 Jenna Reiff  Northern State  OH  Sr.
 Charlotte Richards  Missouri-St Louis  OH  Sr.
 Jessica Rieble  UC San Diego  MB  Sr.
 Ashley Rozell  Northern State  S  RS-Sr.
 Madison Squiers  Nebraska-Kearney  S  RS-Jr.
 Eve Stephens  Alaska-Anchorage  RS  So.

Third Team

 Emily Balts  Minnesota Duluth  S  Sr.
 Tarrin Beller  Wayne State (NE)  MB  Sr.
 Shelley Chapron  A&M-COMMERCE   MB  Sr.
 Meghan Delaney  Union (TN)  OH  RS-So.
 Kailyn Gilbreath  Angelo State  RS  RS-So.
 Gabby Gunterman  Western Washington  OH  So.
 Calley Heilborn  Western Washington  OH  RS-Fr.
 Jenna Huffman  Tiffin  OH  Sr.
 Rebecca Martinez  USC Aiken  L  Sr.
 Jordyn Poppen  West Florida  OH  Sr.
 Stephanie Sylvester  Wheeling  S  Sr.
 Ava Venema  Lewis  MB  Jr.
 Tierra White  West Georgia  MB  Fr.
 Colleen Wilhelm  Lewis  RS  Sr.

Honorable Mention

 Sierra Adams  Stanislaus State  RS  Sr.
 Kacey Affrunti  Molloy  MB  Jr.
 Sydney Andersen  A&M-COMMERCE  OH  Jr.
 Silvia Basso  Regis  S  Sr.
 Ashley Beyers  Gannon  S  Jr.
 Alex Boone  Nova Southeastern  MB  Jr.
 Megi Buvinic  Barry  OH  Sr.
 Sundara Chinn  Angelo State  RS  Sr.
 Emily Conlin  Anderson (SC)  S  Sr.
 Laura De Marchi  Michigan Tech  S  Jr.
 Kassandra Fairly  Spring Hill  MB  So.
 Viktoria Farian  Seton Hill  OH  Jr.
 Kristina Filimonova  Barry  OH  Sr.
 Jessica Fischetti  Molloy  L  Sr.
 Audrey Fisher  Central Missouri  MB  Jr.
 Anilise Fitzi  Saint Leo  MB  Sr.
 Ellen Floyd  Alaska-Anchorage  S  So.
 Ally Ford  Nova Southeastern  OH  R-Jr.
 Brooke Foster  Northwest Nazarene  OH  RS-So.
 Madie Fox  Point Loma Nazarene  MB  Jr.
 Audrey Francis  Wheeling  L  Jr.
 Olivia Ghormley  Michigan Tech  OH  Jr.
 Kasie Gilfert  Colorado Mesa  MB  RS-Jr.
 Izzy Gosar  Regis  RS  Sr.
 Bailey Henington  Azusa Pacific  L  Jr.
 Julianne Jackson  Nebraska-Kearney  OH  Sr.
 Bailey Johnson  San Francisco State  MB  Sr.
 Nikki Kennedy  Regis  MB  Sr.
 Ashley Kerestes  Gannon  MB  Jr.
 Cara Keturakis  Point Loma Nazarene  S  Sr.
 Clara Krenz  St. Cloud State  L  Sr.
 Avaline Lai  MSU Denver  RS  So.
 Malia Leatherland  Oklahoma Baptist  OH  Jr.
 Julianne Miller  Azusa Pacific  MB  Sr.
 Kyla Morgan  Central Washington  L  Sr.
 Selena Nolte  Missouri- St. Louis  OH  Sr.
 Trixie Oche  Texas Woman’s  MB  So.
 Katie O’Connell  Ferris State  RS  Jr.
 Morgan Olson  MSU-Mankato  RS  Sr.
 Meghan Parker  Angelo State  S  Sr.
 Taylor Prall  Lenoir- Rhyne  OH  Jr.
 Linsey Rachel  St. Cloud State  OH  So.
 Rachel Reedy  Chaminade  RS  Jr.
 Olivia Roa  Embry-Riddle (FL)  L  Sr.
 Kyra Ross  Lander  OH  Sr.
 Karla Santos  Cal State LA  OH  Jr.
 Sophie Schaff  Wingate  MB  Jr.
 Andrea Serra  American International  OH  Jr.
 Hallie Sidney  Northwest Missouri State  OH  Jr.
 Sophia Smith  Molloy  S  Sr.
 Anna Squiers  Nebraska-Kearney  MB  Jr.
 Jayci Suseland  Millersville  RS  Sr.
 Makala Swart  Central Washington  OH  Jr.
 Sarah Tabit  Saginaw Valley State  OH  Sr.
 Casey Tarvin  Queens  OH  Jr.
 Dana Thomson  S.D. School of Mines  OH  So.
 Tatyana Tuialii-Umi  Tarleton  RS  Sr.
 Amanda Van Wyk  Arkansas-Fort Smith  S  Sr.
 Chandler Vogel  West Texas A&M  L  Jr.
 Julie Ward  King  OH  So.
 Taylor Wiese  Hillsdale  L  Sr.
Lauren Willow Cedarville MB  Jr.
Anna Winter Upper Iowa OH  Sr.
Logan Witt Queens (NC) MB  Jr.
Sam Wolf Palm Beach Atlantic OH  Fr.
Megan Woll Missouri-St Louis L  So.
Alyssa Woodman Rockhurst OH  Sr.
Kimberly Wright Chico State MB  Sr.
Veresia Yon West Florida MB  RS-Fr.

Alex Shillow named Second Team Academic All-America® by CoSIDA.

COMMERCE – Texas A&M University-Commerce safety Alex Shillow has been named to the Academic All-America® Second Team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday. 

The Division II Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2019-20 Division II Academic All-America® teams program. Shillow is the only Football Academic All-America selection from the Lone Star Conference in 2019. 

Shillow becomes the 16th CoSIDA Academic All-America in A&M-Commerce history and the sixth football honoree. The Lions have had at least one CoSIDA Academic All-America in each of the last four years, which marks the longest streak in Lion Athletics history. 

Shillow is a redshirt junior safety from Pflugerville who has excelled in every aspect of his collegiate career. He is the national chair of the NCAA Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and president of the A&M-Commerce SAAC, which has won last the last three Lone Star Conference SAAC Cups. He was a 2019 nominee for the American Football Coaches’ Association’s Good Works Team and recipient of the NACDA John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship. 

He has been named to the President’s List four times, Dean’s List two times, and LSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll six times, and was the D2ADA Academic Achievement Award winner twice. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sports management in August. 

On the field, the 2017 National Champion has 159 career tackles with four interceptions, 15 pass breakups, three fumble recoveries, a forced fumble, a blocked kick returned for a two-point conversion, and 5.5 tackles for loss. He had 43 tackles, two fumble recoveries, and three pass breakups in the 2019 season in which the Lions advanced to the regional final round of the NCAA Division II playoffs. The Lions have gone 35-7 in Shillow’s three seasons in the blue and gold.


1977 Mike Hall Football
2002 Summer Sparnon Women’s Basketball
2011 Taylor Fore Football
2012 Desmond King Men’s Basketball
2013 Andrew Davis Men’s Basketball
2018 Mariah Jameyson Softball
2018 Kristov Martinez Football


1972 Will Cureton Football
1994 Tammy Scott Women’s Track & Field
1994 Andrea Hines Women’s Basketball
2017 Jaslyn Wacker Volleyball
2018 Jaslyn Wacker Volleyball
2018 Garrett Blubaugh Football
2019 Alex Shillow Football


2012 Andrew Davis Men’s Basketball
2016 Kylene Hatton Softball


Pos. Name School Yr. Major
QB Brant Grisel Charleston (W. Va.) Sr. Biology / Pre-Medical
RB Deonte Glover Shepherd Gr. MBA
RB Austin Micci (1) Colorado State-Pueblo Sr. Business Management (UG / MBA (3+2)
WR Henry Litwin Slippery Rock Jr. Safety Management
WR Shane Zylstra (1) Minnesota State Sr. Biomedical Science
TE Preston Guerra Colorado State-Pueblo Jr. Business Management
OL Ronnie Clifton (2) Lenoir-Rhyne Gr. Business Administration
OL Ryan Dodd Pittsburg State Gr. Business Administration (UG) / MBA (G)
OL Derek Ivey Stonehill Jr. Economics
OL Shawn Rouse Missouri Western State Sr. Construction Engineering
OL Ryan Spelhaug (1) Northwest Missouri State Sr. Business Economics
K Ethan Knudson Wayne State (Neb.) Sr. Industrial Tech. & Construction Mgmt.
ST Stevann Brown Chadron State Sr. Education
DL Ned Bingaman Pittsburg State Sr. Justice Studies
DL Zach Mohs Northern State Sr. Biology / Chemistry
DL Ricky Robinson Shepherd Jr. Business Administration
DL Levi Wyrick Pittsburg State Sr. Education
LB Tyler Bradfield (2) Grand Valley State Jr. Finance
LB Kyle Rosenbrock Colorado State -Pueblo Sr. Engineering
LB Clay Shreve Ashland Sr. Music Education
DB Sam Fareri (2) Clarion Sr. Rehab Science
DB Brandon Morrison West Liberty Gr. Criminology (G)
DB Braden Sweet (#) Southwestern Oklahoma State Gr. Accounting (UG) / Business Admin. (G)
DB Kyle Toth Wayne State (Mich.) Sr. Kinesiology
P Logen Neidhardt Ohio Dominican Jr. Exercise Science


Pos. Name School Yr. Major
QB Jaden Barr Truman State Gr. Leadership
RB Deshawn Jones (2, #) Missouri S&T Sr. Biological Sciences
RB Antonio Wimbush Carson-Newman Sr. Business
WR Nate Couturier Davenport Gr. Accounting
WR Dakota Larson Northern State So. Environmental Science
TE Marqus Andrews (1) Northwest Missouri State Sr. Chemistry
OL Nathan Belisle Minnesota State -Moorhead Sr. Accounting
OL Dan List Colorado State-Pueblo Sr. History
OL Levi Murphy East Stroudsburg Sr. Secondary Education / History
OL Andrew Strickland Wingate Sr. Accounting
OL Nick Zimmerman Sioux Falls Gr. Business, Management, Marketing
K Tanner Harding Notre Dame (Ohio) Jr. Psychology
ST Pippin Davis Valdosta State Jr. Middle Grades Education
DL Kolbie Foster (2) Wayne State (Neb.) Sr. Family Consumer Sci. & Fashion Merch.
DL Dan Monson Minnesota Duluth Sr. Civil Engineering
DL Mikal Toliver (2) Urbana Sr. Sport Management
DL J.T. Turner Concord Jr. Business Administration
LB Alex Goettl (1) Minnesota State Sr. Biology
LB Clayton Horn Lenoir-Rhyne Sr. Accounting
LB Jace McDown Emporia State Sr. Health & Human Performance
DB Ben Gutschow St. Cloud State Sr. Bio-Medical Studies
DB Geoff Keating (1) Colorado School of Mines Sr. Mechanical Engineering
DB Vincent Persichetti Frostburg Sr. Sociology / Law & Society
DB Alex Shillow A&M-COMMERCE Gr. Sports Management (UG) / MBA (G)
P Todd Morrow Pittsburg State Sr. Construction Management

CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team Member of the Year: Brant Grisel, the University of Charleston (W.Va.)

(1) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® first-team selection in 2018
(2) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® second-team selection in 2018
(#) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® second-team selection in 2017


Leslie Campuzano, Cora Welch, named Third Team All-Region by United Soccer Coaches.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Texas A&M University-Commerce soccer student-athletes Leslie Campuzano and Cora Welch have been named Third Team All-Region by the United Soccer Coaches, as announced by the USC. It is the first career All-Region award for both Campuzano and Welch. 

Campuzano­­– a junior from Garland (Lakeview Centennial)– led the team and finished fifth in the LSC with 23 points, scoring seven goals and also assisting on nine more. She ranked second in the LSC in shots, shots on goal, and assists and was eighth in goals scored. She scored two game-winning goals and played more than 1,600 minutes on the year. She received the All-LSC Second Team honor.

Welch­– a junior from Plano (Plano Senior)– was the catalyst of the Lion defense, leading A&M-Commerce to nine shutouts on the season, the second-most in the conference. Welch played more than 1,600 minutes on the year and was disruptive in each game she played in. She was a one-time Defensive Player of the Week and also had one goal and one assist on the season with nine shots on goal. She received the All-LSC Second Team honor.

The Lions finished the season with a 10-8-1 record and a 7-6-0 record in conference play, earning the seventh seed in the LSC Tournament. It was the team’s seventh consecutive season with an LSC Tournament berth.

First Team

 Pos.  Player  Class  School  Hometown
 K  Hope Koym  Sr.  DBU  Odessa, Texas
 D  Caitlin Esterle  Jr.  Colorado-Colorado Springs  Colorado Springs, Colorado
 D  Aleesa Muir  Sr.  Colorado-Colorado Springs  Colorado Springs, Colorado
 D  Giselle Sawaged  Sr.  Colorado School Of Mines  Highlands Ranch, Colo.
 D  Maggie Scales  Sr.  DBU  McKinney, Texas
 M  Shanade Hopcroft  Jr.  Colorado-Colorado Springs  Aylesbury, England
 M  Nicole Latourette  Sr.  Colorado School Of Mines  Tualatin, Ore.
 M  Avery McNeme  Jr.  Angelo State  Lubbock, Texas
 F  Haley Knesek  Sr.  Lubbock Christian  Aledo, Texas
 F  Tanner Sanders  Fr.  Colorado-Colorado Springs  Thornton, Colo.
 F  Delaney Schmidt  Jr.  DBU  Burleson, Texas

Second Team

 Pos.  Player  Class  School  Hometown
 K  Shannon Mooney  Sr.  Colorado School Of Mines  Broomfield, Colo.
 D  Jenna Lipscomb  Sr.  St. Edward’s  Cedar Park, Texas
 D  Emmy Niece  Sr.  DBU  Kirkwood, Mo.
 D  Haley Phipps  Sr.  Lubbock Christian  Saugus, Calif.
 M  Kelsey Cook  Jr.  Dixie State  American Fork, Utah
 M  Reagan Dykes  Fr.  St. Edward’s  Little Elm, Texas
 M  Allison Scott  Jr.  Lubbock Christian  Lubbock, Texas
 F  Elianna Chavez  Jr.  St. Edward’s  Austin, Texas
 F  Whitley Johns  So.  Dixie State  Gilbert, Ariz.
 F  Hannah Kelley-Lusk  Jr.  West Texas A&M  Farmington, N.M.
 F  Kaci Parks  Jr.  DBU  Plano, Texas

Third Team

 Pos.  Player  Class  School  Hometown
 K  Mollee Swift  Fr.  Colorado-Colorado Springs  Papillion, Neb.
 D  Micah Fredrick  Sr.  Westminster  Salt Lake City, Utah
 D  McKell Kellogg  Sr.  Westminster  Sandy, Utah
 D  Lindsey Tornabene  Sr.  Colorado School Of Mines  Denver, Colo.
 D  Cora Welch  Jr.  A&M-Commerce  Plano, Texas
 M  Jazmine Navarro  Jr.  Texas Woman’s  Tyler, Texas
 M  Sarah Preston  So.  St. Edward’s  Oviedo, Fla.
 M  Emily Ramos  Sr.  Regis  Thornton, Colo.
 F  Leslie Campuzano  Jr.  A&M-Commerce  Garland, Texas
 F  Zoe Peterson  Sr.  Colorado Mesa  Evergreen, Colo.
 F  Tori Rinsem  Sr.  Regis  Gilbert, Ariz.



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