FLORENCE, S.C. – Following Francis Marion University’s most successful volleyball season since 1999, the honors continue to come in as sophomore libero Jessica Strader and sophomore middlehitter Lezlie Logan both earned All-Region honors.
Strader, a native of Kettering, Ohio, was named to the second-team Daktronics All-South Region Team, while Logan, a native of Cleburne, Texas, earned American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-South Region honorable mention recognition.
Strader, a part-time setter in 2003, moved to the libero position in 2004 and enjoyed a record-setting season. She set school and Peach Belt season records for digs (663) and most matches with at least 20 digs (17). She also led Francis Marion with 54 service aces, while averaging 5.02 digs per game.
Logan set a Patriot season record with 546 kills and led the squad with 4.11 kills per game and 0.69 blocks per game. She registered a .244 attack percentage, was second on the team with 49 service aces, and averaged 0.56 digs per game. She produced double-figure kills in 31 of 35 matches, and during the PBC Tournament surpassed 900 kills for her career.
The two helped a young FMU squad that did not include any seniors to a 21-14 record. The Patriots went from a 20-loss season in 2003 to a 20-win campaign this past year. Picked to tie for sixth in the Peach Belt Conference preseason coaches’ poll, Francis Marion placed third during the PBC regular season and advanced to the PBC Tournament semifinals.
Earlier, both players were selected to the PBC All-Conference Team.