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Lady Knights grab two of three weekly conference honors

September 27, 2011

Both Monicah Jepkemboi and Christal Hollins earned Gulf Coast Athletic Conference weekly honors on September 25th. Jepkemboi was named women's cross country Runner of the Week and Hollins was named volleyball Player of the Week.

Jepkemboi, who was an all-conference selection in 2010, placed 14th out of 76 runners at the LSU Invitational 6K women's race on September 24th. With a time of 23 minutes, 53 seconds, the native Kenyan finished first among NAIA competitors in the meet.

Hollins, a freshman outside hitter/defensive specialist from New Orleans, helped the Lady Knights go 4-0 during the week of September 19th with wins over conference rivals Dillard, Fisk, Talladega, and Edward Waters. SUNO is now 7-3 overall and 4-1 in the GCAC. She had a total of 48 kills, 47 digs, and 9 aces for the week. The Lady Knights had a dominating week defeating Dillard 3-1 and Fisk, Talladega and Edward Waters 3-0 each at the Talladega Tournament on Friday and Saturday.

Incidentally, Zipporah Washington, a sophomore outside hitter from New Orleans, was named volleyball Player of the Week on September 11th. She had a total of 26 kills, 19 digs, and 5 aces against both Alcorn State and Judson College in 3-1 and 3-0 wins, respectively.

Individual successes have Lady Knights and Knights looking toward 2011-2012 season

Updated September 27, 2011

NAIA All-Americans Brent Leduff (above) and Christine Conner (below)

After seasons last year filled with peaks and valleys for both the Lady Knights and Knights, both teams are looking forward to the 2011-2012 season. Both teams have released their schedules, which feature match-ups with the newest members of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference, Philander Smith and Talladega.

Conference play will begin on January 3rd at Tougaloo College. There will also be a special in-season conference tournament on January 13th, 14th and 16th at Dillard against Philander Smith, Edward Waters, and Fisk.

The Knights

The Knights' 2011-2012 schedule features the season opener at home against Selma University on November 16th. Other non-conference match-ups include former GCAC rivals Loyola, Spring Hill, and William Carey. SUNO will also get a visit from Johnson & Wales (North Miami) on September 11th in The Castle.

Having finished 11-14 and 4-3 in conference, SUNO will move forward inspired by individual contributions. Former point guard Brent Leduff was an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American and a Louisiana Sports Writers Association Honorable Mention All-Louisiana team member. He, former center Andre Davis, and former shooting guard Ricardo Porter were all named to the GCAC All-Conference team.

Although all three players have played their final games in Knights uniforms, Coach Dale Valdery, who is entering his third season, is looking to get over the .500 season hump. The Knights will be looking to refine the current talent on the roster in addition to bringing energy to the team with new blood.

The Lady Knights

The ladies will open their season on November 5th in Dallas, Texas against Paul Quinn with the home opener on November 12th against Concordia-Selma. The Lady Knights will also play two exhibition games, one at Southern on November 11th and the other at Nicholls State on November 30th. SUNO will also participate in the University of St. Thomas Tournament in Houston, Texas on December 19th and 20th.

SUNO's women finished the season 18-5 and 3-4 in conference. A team made up mostly of underclassmen, Coach Elston King is licking his chops at the prospect of taking his young team's performance to the next level after a record-breaking season.

Forward Christine Conner, who will be a senior, was named an NAIA Honorable Mentiona All-American. She and former standout guard/forward LaTiondra Smith both made the All-GCAC team while guard Lydia Ross grabbed GCAC Co-Freshman of the Year honors.

Former All-American Green signs with Fin squad

August 3, 2011

Lionel Green goes up against Belhaven University players in 2010. Photo by Gus Bennett, Jr.

Former SUNO Basketball standout Lionel Green has signed his first professional contract. Green, a 6'5" 196-pound guard/forward, signed as a starter with Finland's Kaarinan Ura Basket of European Basketball.

Green was a 2010 NAIA Honorable Mention All-American and a GCAC All-Conference selection in 2010. Also an All-GCAC selection in 2009, he played 27 games for SUNO, averaging 18.4 points per game, 5 assists per game, and 7 rebounds per game.

Green left the United States during the week of August 15th.
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