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LMU's Jasmine Rankins Named COBRA Magazine All-Preseason

July 15, 2011

LOS ANGELES, Calif. --- After a breakout season that resulted in a first team All-West Coast Conference selection and a spot on the 2010 COBRA Magazine All-Region team, senior Jasmine Rankins has been tabbed to COBRA's All-Preseason Third Team this year.

COBRA Magazine begins its third season of volleyball coverage in 2011. Founded by Gezus Zaire, COBRA's goal is to tell inspiring stories of black volleyball players that show young African American players that they too have opportunities to thrive in the sport despite cultural differences and economic disadvantages.

"It seems, this day and age, that the wrong types of black women are on the television screen and on covers of magazines," Zaire said. "COBRA showcases black women who are not only beautiful and athletic but are also pursuing higher education. These are some of the best role models that young black girls can have and it's COBRA's duty to make sure they are not only noticed but celebrated."

As part of the 14th issue of COBRA Magazine, the periodical selects 45 players to its All-Preseason Teams and eight players to its Preseason National Player of the Year Candidates list. When the season concludes, COBRA will release its third annual COBRA Magazine All-National Team and the National Player of the Year winner.

Rankins led the Lions last year in attacks (1,202), kills (425), service aces (50), block solos (12) and points (510). Her aces and kills marks also led all players in the West Coast Conference. The conference-best 50 service aces placed Rankins tied for fifth in the LMU single-season record books, matched with Cindy Weglarz (1997). Her .45 service aces per set, which ranked 16th in the nation, also placed in the Top-10 in the LMU single-season books, ranking sixth. The outside hitter averaged 3.79 kills per set, good for 67th in the nation and second in the conference. Rankins took home three All-Tournament selections over the course of the 2010 campaign, earning the honor at the Luxe City Center Trojan Invite, Varney's Kansas State Invitational and BYU Molten Classic. The native of Oceanside, Calif., who led the Lions with nine double-doubles, finished second in the WCC in terms of kills in conference matches alone with 203. As she did over the entire 2010 season, Rankins led all players in service aces in WCC play with 20 (.40 per set).

Preseason National Player of the Year Candidates: Rachael Adams (Texas), Falyn Fonoimoana (USC), Tyler Henderson (Tulsa), Kayla Jeter (Tennesee), Alex Jupiter (USC), Deja McClendon (Penn State), Tarah Murrey (Cal), Bianca Rowland (Washington)

All-Preseason Selections

First Team
Rachael Adams (Texas), Kanani Danielson (Hawaii), Falyn Fonoimoana (USC), Altrese Hawkins (Memphis), Tyler Henderson (Tulsa), Kayla Jeter (Tennessee), Alex Jupiter (USC), Deja Mclendon (Pen State), Monique Mead (Georgia Tech), Tarah Murrey (Cal), Lena Oliver (Western Michigan), BiancaRowland (Washington), Brittany Stewart (Kentucky State), Regina Thomas (Ole Miss), Vineece Verdun (Georgia State)

Second Team
Cassandra Anderson (Florida), Jessica Brown (Western Michigan), Lane Carico (Miami), Stephanie Ferrell (Florida), Isis Gardner (Houston Baptist), Luarie Gonzalez (Albany), Gabby Jolly (Saint Mary's), Ciara Jones (Marquette), Lauren Laquerre (New Hampshire), Cory McGowan (Wingate), Sha'Dare McNeal (Texas), Amber Roberson (Texas), Gwen Rucker (Louisville), Bethany Sanford (Georgia Southern), Jordanne Scott (Cincinnati)

Third Team
Maureen Bamiro (Butler), Lauren Barfield (Washington), Karensa Beckford (Alabama A&M), Brittney Brimmage (Missouri), Desiree Elliot (LSU), Cursty Jackson (Arizona), Haley Jacob (Oregon), Clarissa Moore (Alabama A&M), Stacy Oladinni (Middle Tennessee State), Dana Powell (SMU), Jasmine Rankins (Loyola Marymount), Maline Vaitai (Maryland Eastern Shore), Jalesty Washington (Methodist), Tangerine Wiggs (Florida), Rachel Williams (Stanford)

Courtesy of LMU Sports Information