Marissa Collins has now set the school record for assists in volleyball with 5,186.
The Pearland, Texas, native who is currently leading the Southland Conference and ranked fifth in the nation with 11.96 assists per set, passed former Central Arkansas star Robyn Smith with 48 assists in Saturday’s victory over Oral Roberts.
"Marissa is a great setter for several reasons," said Sugar Bear coach David McFatrich. "Technically, she has soft hands, moves effortlessly, has the ability to duplicate her sets and plays great defense at the net blocking and in the back row. Tactically, Marissa bought in to our system of play from the first day she arrived on campus, which was important since they are significantly different than what she was accustomed to in club and high school volleyball.
"Training wise, she is a very hard worker in the weight room and on the court ... On the front end of every assist is a pass, and Marissa has received thousands of great passes throughout her career from current players such as Shelbee Berringer, Beth Rogers, Scout Brooks, Heather Schnars, Corri Hunt and other great passers from years past. Of course, on the back end of every assist is a kill, and current players Jessica Nagy, Alicia Dittrich, Brooks and Schnars again, Paige Gantar, Fulani Petties, past players like Jesse Hays, Taylor Hammonds and others have terminated over 5,000 sets from Marissa."
Bears, Warriors to play Tuesday
The University of Central Arkansas men will open their basketball season Tuesday night against crosstown rival Hendrix.
The game counts as an exhibition for the Warriors, an NCAA Division III team.
The game will begin at 7 p.m. at the Farris Center.
Four Hendrix players receiver all-conference honors
Four Hendrix College volleyball players were recognized on the 2013 All-Southern Athletic Association Teams.
Freshman outside hitter MC Rogers was named the Newcomer of the Year and senior outside Katie Burchfield was named to the All-SAA First Team. Rogers, as well as freshman middle blocker Grace Griffin were on the second team, and freshman Samantha Stockdale was an honorable mention.
Rogers, from Collierville, Tenn., ranked third in the SAA in conference play in kills per set. On the season, she averaged 3.19 kills, hit .194 and had 0.83 blocks per set.
Burchfield, of Cabot, was fourth in the league with a .296 hitting percentage and sixth with 2.93 kills per set. She also averaged 2.61 digs per game. Griffin, from Alma, was second in the SAA with 1.02 blocks per set. She also led the Warriors with a .330 hitting percentage and had 1.58 kills per game.
Stockdale, of Salem, Ore., hit .247 on the year with 1.57 kills per set and 0.61 blocks per set. In SAA play, she was fourth in hitting and sixth in blocks.