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BATON ROUGE -Following a stellar first season as a Warhawk for the ULM volleyball team, Zuzana Markova was recognized with a spot on the All-Louisiana College Volleyball second team as announced by the Louisiana Sports Writer Association Saturday evening.

Markova is the first Warhawk to earn an All-Louisiana nod in five seasons after Ilima Sam Fong was an honorable mention and Newcomer of the Year in 2006. She is one of just six ULM players all-time to be recognized by the LSWA.

The junior setter was a key component to ULM's breakout season in 2011 in which it went 10-16 and 4-10 in the Sun Belt Conference, reaching double-digits in wins for the first time since 2005 and just the second time in 21 years. The Warhawks also won a program record four matches in Sun Belt play, doubling the amount of matches won over the past four seasons combined since joining the league.

The native of Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic, amassed a school-record 12 triple-doubles and 18 double-doubles in 26 matches, earning a start in each and played all 104 sets. She led the Warhawks in both assists and kills this season with 4.45 assists and 2.88 kills per set after amassing 463 and 300, respectively, to average a double-double for 2011. She ended the year ranked eighth in the Sun Belt for kills.

Markova was a key component all-around for ULM as she also collected 2.40 digs per set to average a triple-double for a majority of the season. After a string of four-straight triple-double performances early in the year she earned the program's first-ever American Volleyball Scouting Report Player of the Week nod.

LSU and Northwestern State dominated the overall All-Louisiana awards this year as three Tigers and two Demons landed on the first team. Player of the Year honors went to Madie Jones from LSU while Stacey DiFrancesco from Northwestern State is Freshman of the Year. Demon Keelie Arneson  and Tiger Meghan Mannari were named co-Libero of the Year. Stephanie Salas from Louisiana Tech is the Newcomer of the Year and Xavier head coach Christabell Hamilton is Coach of the Year. 

2011 All-Louisiana Volleyball Team
Player of the Year - Madie Jones, LSU
Libero of the Year - Keelie Arneson, Northwestern State; Meghan Mannari, LSU
Freshman of the Year - Stacey DiFrancesco, Northwestern State
Newcomer of the Year - Stephany Salas, Louisiana Tech
Coach of the Year - Christabell Hamilton, Xavier

First Team
OH - Nicole Bowden,  McNeese State
OH - Stacey DiFrancesco,  Northwestern State
MB - Desiree Elliott, LSU
OH - Madie Jones, LSU
OH/MB - Cori Martone, Tulane
S - Malorie Pardo, LSU
L - Keelie Arneson, Northwestern State
L - Meghan Mannari, LSU

Second Team
S - Becky Bekelja - McNeese State
S - Zuzana Markova, ULM
MB - Lesley Mirarchi, Louisiana-Lafayette
OH - Taylor Reuther, Xavier
MB - Michele Williams, LSU
MB - Anna Wruck, Tulane
L - Stephany Salas, Louisiana Tech

Honorable Mention
MB - Paige Dollison, Southeastern, 
L - Nikki Osuna, Tulane
OH - Clara Vido, Louisiana Tech
S - Samantha Worsham, Loyola


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