Cunningham, Torres Earn Volleyball Weekly Awards

first_imgShe hit .475 for the match, adding a pair of blocks and finished with a double-double after totaling 16 digs. Cunningham’s 29 kills Saturday give her a new a career high and the most by any Southland Conference player this season. Cunningham continues to lead the league in kills per set with her 3.91 mark nearly a half kill per set higher than anyone else in the league, while her .340 attack percentage is the third best in the league. Cunningham had a match for the ages Oct. 6 in a Sam Houston (11-5, 3-1 SLC) win over Abilene Christian. The Bearkats host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Tuesday before traveling to Louisiana for a Thursday matchup at Nicholls, and then a Saturday afternoon affair at New Orleans. Defensive Player of the Week: Marisabel Torres, Stephen F. Austin – Fr. – Libero – Pearland, TexasThe freshman libero received the starting nod in both of SFA’s matches this past week and proceeded to put forth a solid two-match stretch of floor defense. Against Southeastern Louisiana, Torres scooped up 17 digs before one-upping that performance and racing down a career-best 26 digs in a 3-1 come-from-behind victory at Northwestern State. That dig total represents the most in a match by a Ladyjacks’ player this season. Torres and SFA (19-2, 6-0 SLC) continued with their stellar defense last week during wins over Southeastern Louisiana and Northwestern State. The results move the Ladyjacks’ winning streak to 16 – the nation’s second-longest active streak. The victories also mean that Stephen F. Austin remains perfect in Southland Conference action this season. SFA puts those streaks on the line Thursday when they play at UIW. Cunningham claimed offensive and defensive player of the week honors last month. FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Taylor Cunningham and Stephen F. Austin’s Marisabel Torres are the Southland Conference Volleyball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.center_img Honorable Mention: Paige Havel, McNeese; Emily Doss, UCA Offensive Player of the Week: Taylor Cunningham, Sam Houston – Sr. – Middle Blocker – Huntsville, TexasThe senior middle blocker took a career-high 59 swings against the Wildcats, taking full advantage with 29 kills and an astonishing one error in the four-set Bearkats’ win. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. Honorable Mention: Samantha Anderson, UCAlast_img read more

May Marks 10 years Since The First Green House Homes Opened Their

first_imgby, Rachel Scher, The Green House ProjectTweetShareShareEmail0 SharesIt has been 10 years since Mississippi Methodist Senior Services in Tupelo, Miss., opened the first Green House project in the country. Throughout May, The Green House Project will celebrate this pioneering organization, and the revolution that they sparked. On Sunday, May 5, there will be a block party to celebrate this milestone, with Green House team members and Dr. Bill Thomas in attendance. Follow us on twitter at #Tupelo10 and join the conversation. Steve McAlilly, the visionary leader who believed in The Green House model and brought it to his organization tells a story about its impact:There was a retired methodist preacher who had Alzheimer’s. He lived in our Alzheimer’s unit in the old ward. He had an eight-year-old grandson who refused to come see him in that environment. His parents couldn’t get him to go see his grandaddy. His disease was so advanced he wasn’t awake but 4 hours a day. But he was one of the first people in the world to move into green house. People would ask what is he going to get out of it? He’s barely awake, has to be fed. But we believed that bringing him to the hearth, to the supper table, something would get through and it would make a difference.So every day the Shahbazim would get him dressed and bring him to the table. Before too long he was awake again, and his grandson would come back to see him. He came to see his grandaddy so much he knew the name of every elder and every Shahbaz in the house. If that’s the only thing we did we can say it’s worth it. Whatever sweat and tears we had it was worth it.Related PostsTweetShareShareEmail0 SharesTags: Dr Bill Thomas THE GREEN HOUSE Project Tupelolast_img read more