Published on December 4, 2019 by Joey Mullins  

The top-seeded Samford volleyball team earned its second-straight Southern Conference Tournament title with a 3-2 win over second-seeded East Tennessee State University at Richardson Indoor Stadium.
With the win, Samford earns the SoCon's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. This is Samford's fifth SoCon Tournament title since joining the league in 2008. 

Samford's Kelsi Hobbs was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. She was joined on the All-Tournament team by teammates Lauren Deaton and Sierra Rayzor.

Samford also won the regular-season title in the SoCon, finishing with a record of 24-5 overall and 15-1 in SoCon play. The team will take on the Louisville Cardinals in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday, Dec. 5 in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.