RAPID CITY, S.D. – Middle blocker Hannah Watkins was named D2CCA First Team All-South Central Region Wednesday, with the teams voted on by the region sports information directors.
Watkins becomes the fourth Lion to earn D2CCA First Team All-South Central Region honors after she was named the 2023 Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Additionally, Watkins was named Second Team All-LSC.
Watkins led the LSC in total blocks with 136 and was second with 1.21 blocks per set. That number jumps to 1.37 blocks per set in conference only matches. She ranked sixth nationally in total blocks and 16th in blocks per set. Watkins had 15 matches of five or more blocks including half of those with at least seven blocks. She tallied a season high nine blocks in a win at UT Permian Basin and had six solo blocks against UT Tyler.
Offensively, Watkins led the Lions with a .321 attack percentage while averaging 1.87 kills per set. She had five matches with 10 or more kills and had a season high 12 kills in a win at Texas A&M-Kingsville with a .435 attack percentage.
Watkins was one of four LSC players to be named to the first team.