Jan. 26, 2011

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M junior outside hitter Kelsey Black has been named the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame's 2010 Athlete of the Year for volleyball. She will be honored at induction ceremony on Feb. 13 at Ordway Auditorium in Amarillo, Texas.

"It's a huge honor to be recognized by the whole Panhandle," Black told the Amarillo Globe News. "I was shocked when I got the news. It's really exciting."

This past season, the Amarillo native started every match and played in every set for the Aggies en route to earning All-Big 12 first-team honors. Black led A&M and ranked 25th in the nation in points (4.77) per set and 31st in the nation in kills (4.08) per set. She also led the Big 12 in aces (.37) per set.

Black posted double figures in kills in 25 of 30 matches, including seven matches in which she posted 20 or more kills. The team captain led or tied for the team lead in kills in all but one match and also led the team with 17 double-doubles.

Recently Black was tabbed A&M's MVP and Best Offensive Player after leading the Aggies to a 13-17 record, including a 3-0 sweep against No. 8 Texas at Reed Arena.

Prior to the 2010 season, Black was named to the U.S. Women's National A2 Red Team and captured the bronze medal at the USA Volleyball Open National Championships last spring.

Before coming to A&M, Black was a three-time all-state selection at Amarillo High School.

Previous PSHOF inductees representing Texas A&M:
Randy Matson, Track and Field (1962, '63, '64, '65)
Billy Hobbs, Football (1967)
Richard Ellis, Golf (1969)
William Thomas, Football (1989, '90)
Wilson Pate, Tennis (1996)
Ryan Palmer, Golf (1996, '97, '98, '02, '03)