BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo volleyball team placed six student-athletes on the Academic All-MAC Team, the Mid-American Conference announced on Tuesday morning.
Scout McLerran, Buffalo, Junior, 3.528, Biology (Friendsville, Tennessee)
McLerran, a three-time MAC East Setter of the Week, played in 19 matches for the Bulls, leading UB with 707 assists, averaging just over 10 assists per contest. McLerran also had 16 aces, 129 digs and 49 kills during the season. She had four seasons with 50 or more assists, including a season high 56 assists in a five-set win at Kent State. Through three seasons, McLerran has 2,839 career assists.
Kristina Nieves, Buffalo, Junior, 3.500, Social Sciences (Ringwood, New Jersey)
Nieves was twice named the MAC East Defensive Player of the Week and was also named a second-team All-MAC selection this year as she led the Bulls in blocks with 110, averaging just under 1.0 block per set. She also set a personal best with 195 kills. She finished with double figures in kills seven times, and she had a career-high 10 blocks in a win over Eastern Michigan.
Polina Prokudina, Buffalo, Junior, 3.309, Biological Sciences (Moscow, Russia)
Prokudina was also an All-MAC Second Team selection this past year as she was second on the team with 289 kills as she has served as the team's primary right side hitter during the year. She recorded double figures in kills 12 times during the season, including a season-high 19 kills against Northwestern. She had a solid final week of the season, helping Buffalo clinch the opening round bye, including 17 kills in the regular season finale against Toledo.
Lauren Slavoski, Buffalo, Sophomore, 3.355, Nursing (Shaverstown, PA)
Slavoski played in in 19 matches for the Bulls, mostly as a serving specialist as she had nine aces on the year to go along with 25 digs. She had a pair of matches with two service aces, in wins over Seton Hall and St. Johns. This year, she set career highs in kills, aces, and digs.
Hannah Watson, Buffalo, Junior, 3.448, Exercise Science (North Canton, Ohio)
Watson saw action in 25 matches, finishing fourth on the team with 179 digs. She had nine matches where she reached double figures in digs, including a season high 13 digs in a win over Ohio. She had 12 digs in four other matches, including the regular season finale at Toledo.
Megan Wernette, Buffalo, Senior, 3.271, Business Administration (Naperville, Illinois)
Wernette finished her senior season third on the team in kills with 247, while she was second on the team with 98 blocks. She reached double figures in kills eight times, including posting a double-double in the win over Bowling Green as she had 13 kills and a season-high 10 blocks against the Falcons. She had 14 kills in a 3-1 win over Eastern Michigan and added nine blocks earlier this year at Cornell. This year, Wernette recorded career highs in kills and blocks.
The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. Freshman and first-year transfers are not eligible.