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Ticknor Named SBC Libero Of The Year; Putt & Ticknor Tabbed First Team All-SBC

November 17, 2021

JONESBORO, Ark. (11/17/21) – Arkansas State volleyball’s Tatum Ticknor has consistently been one of the top liberos in the nation this season, and the Sun Belt Conference took notice, as she was awarded the conference’s inaugural Libero of the Year honor Thursday.

The Grapevine, Texas, native added that laurel to a First Team All-Sun Belt Conference honor in the league’s 2021 volleyball awards, becoming the first A-State player to earn one of the league’s Player of the Year honors since Carlisa May in 2018.

Ticknor was a four-time SBC Defensive Player of the Week honoree during the season in addition to becoming just the eighth player in conference history to amass over 2,000 digs. In conference play, she was the league leader in total digs (353) and digs per set (5.88) while recording 16 or more digs in all but one match. In all matches combined, Ticknor ranks second nationally in total digs (607) and fifth in digs per set (5.52).

Macey Putt joins Ticknor on the First Team, as she has put forth staggering offensive numbers en route to the second all-league honor of her career. The Ozark, Mo., native led the league in kills, kills per set, points and points per set, while leading the nation in total attacks. Her 1,401 attacks are second-most in a single season during the 25-point rally era (since 2008) while her 471 kills are third-most.

In league play, Putt ranked second in the conference with 4.00 kills per set and 4.39 points per set.

The duo’s honors mark the first time the Red Wolves have boasted two or more on the first team since 2016, when four players earned first-team all-league accolades.


A-State opens up play in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, facing East No. 5 seed Georgia State in the first round. First serve is slated for 2:30 p.m. CT Thursday at the Foley Sports Complex in Foley, Ala. All tourney matches will be streamed live on ESPN+.


Fans can follow the team on Twitter (@AStateVB) and Instagram (astatevb) along with liking the Arkansas State University Volleyball page on Facebook for the latest news and updates regarding the team.


Player of the Year: Emily DeWalt, Texas State
Offensive Player of the Year: Janell Fitzgerald, Texas State 
Defensive Player of the Year: Meisheia Griffin, Georgia State 
Libero of the Year: Tatum Ticknor, Arkansas State
Setter of the Year:
Emily DeWalt, Texas State
Newcomer of the Year: Cheyenne Jones, Coastal Carolina
Freshman of the Year: Ashlyn Lovett, Georgia Southern
Coach of the Year: Jesse Ortiz, South Alabama

First-Team All-Conference
Macey Putt, Arkansas State
Tatum Ticknor, Arkansas State

Laura Jansen, Little Rock
Ani Bozdeva, Coastal Carolina
Baylor Bumford, Georgia Southern
Meisheia Griffin, Georgia State
Kelsey Bennett, Louisiana
Kailey Keeble, South Alabama
Briana Brown, UTA
Emily DeWalt, Texas State
Janell Fitzgerald, Texas State
Julia Brooks, Troy

Second-Team All-Conference
Emma Reilly, App State
Doris Carter, Coastal Carolina
Cheyenne Jones, Coastal Carolina
Brigitta Petrenko, Coastal Carolina
Coco Gillett, Louisiana
Hannah Maddux, South Alabama
Maddie Soboleski, South Alabama
Kennedy Wallace, South Alabama
Alli Wells, UTA
Jada Gardner, Texas State
Tyeranee Scott, Texas State
Amara Anderson, Troy

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