FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Ashley Lewis and Northwestern State’s Megan Lohmiller are the Southland Conference Volleyball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday.Lewis paced her Sam Houston State (6-8, 2-0 SLC) squad to a perfect outing on the road in its opening weekend of conference play. The junior collected 44 kills while averaging 4.89 kills per set, claiming double-double performances in a 3-1 victory over Northwestern State and a 3-2 win at Central Arkansas.Lohmiller anchored the Northwestern State (9-7, 1-1 SLC) defense in a pair of games last week, pushing the Lady Demons to a win over Houston Baptist. The senior produced back-to-back games with 20+ digs, concluding Northwestern State’s opening weekend of conference action with 49 digs.The awards are the first of the season for both Lewis and Lohmiller.Offensive Player of the Week: Ashley Lewis – Jr. – Outside Hitter – Houston, TexasLewis played a key role in the Bearkats’ success, marking SHSU’s third consecutive season beginning conference play at 2-0. The junior from Houston, Texas, averaged 4.89 kills per set and had double-doubles in each match, beginning with a career-high 23 kills and 16 digs in a four-set win at Northwestern State on Thursday. She followed that up with 21 more points and 14 digs, adding a pair of blocks and aces to her totals as the Kats outlasted Central Arkansas for their first win in the Prince Center since the 2012 season. Lewis currently ranks third in the Southland with 3.63 kills per set this season.Honorable Mention: Kennedy Shelstead, Abilene Christian; Lucie Porkona, New Orleans; Jodi Edo, Southeastern Louisiana; Ann Hollas, Stephen F. Austin.Defensive Player of the Week: Megan Lohmiller – Sr. – Libero – Heath, TexasLohmiller led a strong defensive effort for the Lady Demons, boosting NSU to a 1-1 mark to begin the conference slate. The senior combined for 49 digs, averaging 6.1 digs per set and helped Northwestern State hold opponents to a .169 hitting percentage. Lohmiller tabbed a season-high 27 digs in the Lady Demons’ 3-1 victory against Houston Baptist Saturday afternoon.Honorable Mention: Sh’Diamond Holly, New Orleans; Addison Miller, Sam Houston State; Karlee Wilkerson, Southeastern Louisiana; Maddie Miller, Stephen F. Austin; Carissa Barnes, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.