FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State’s Hannah Brister and Sam Houston State’s Addison Miller are the Southland Volleyball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday.Brister secured her second consecutive Offensive Player of the Week honor and her fifth of the season after pushing the Lady Demons (18-8, 10-2) to a pair of victories over New Orleans and Nicholls last week. The junior outside hitter bagged a .300 hitting percentage for the week with 43 kills, clinching a spot in the 2019 Southland Volleyball Tournament along the way. Northwestern State is back in action Thursday night at Sam Houston State with a 6:30 p.m. CT match on ESPN+.Miller and the Bearkats (13-11, 9-3 SLC) secured a spot in the conference tournament Saturday with a 3-2 win on the road against Abilene Christian. The libero appeared in nine sets and racked up 59 digs for a 6.55 average in their two games on the week. Her defensive presence allowed the Bearkats to hold their opponents to a .154 hitting percentage. This is Miller’s second defensive honor this season.Offensive Player of the Week: Hannah Brister, Northwestern State – Jr. – Outside Hitter – Paincourtville, La.For the second-straight week, Brister averaged better than 20 kills per match and six kills per set. This week she added 43 to her conference-leading total, becoming the seventh player in program history to reach 400 in a season at Northwestern State. She averaged 6.1 kills per set with a .300 hitting percentage. In the win at Nicholls on Saturday, she set a new career best with 27 kills. It was her 11th-straight match reaching double figures and 23rd overall this season. She has had four, 20-kill matches in her last six outings.Honorable Mention: Jodi Edo, Southeastern Louisiana; Corin Evans, Stephen F. Austin; Madison Green, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Defensive Player of the Week: Addison Miller, Sam Houston State – Sr. – Libero – Prosper, TexasIt was another big week for the Bearkats’ senior libero as she helped the Kats split a pair of road matches, placing them at 9-3 in conference play, just one game out of second place in the conference standings. Miller averaged 6.55 digs per set on the week and is currently averaging 5.62 digs per set in conference play. She opened the week with an outstanding performance, picking up 40 digs in just four sets on the road against SFA. The total is just the third time in program history that a Bearkat has reached the 40-dig mark in a single match and is the highest of any Southland player this season. Miller is also one of 13 players in the nation this year to reach 40 digs in a single match. She concluded the week at Abilene Christian with 19 more digs in the five-set win over the Wildcats.Honorable Mention: Alyssa Carlin, UIW; Jodi Edo, Southeastern Louisiana; Corin Evans, 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.
Nissan LEAF & Tesla Earn 2015 IHS Automotive Loyalty Awards Source: Autoline via YouTube Source: Electric Vehicle News Surprised?Some brands are well known for their customer loyalty. Subaru customers, for instance, are famously devoted and, according to Autoline host Sean McElroy (forward to the 3:31-minute mark) who cites a report from Experian Automotive, 72.1 percent return to that brand when it’s time to get a new vehicle. That’s just high enough to edge out Ford, who sees 72 percent of its customers return to the Blue Oval. Despite these high customer retention numbers, they don’t have anything on the industry leader in this metric. Tesla beats them all and it’s not even close.More about Tesla and its customers McElroy says, “Over 80 percent of people who buy a Tesla, go back and buy another one.” While it’s obvious there’s is a great advantage to having so many owners return to the big electric T — the precise figure is 80.5 percent — McElroy points out that, for traditional companies, at least, there is another reason to celebrate this kind of loyalty: advertising expense. To get new customers, the established automakers spend a lot of money on ads and other things to convince consumers to darken their doorways.The California automaker famously doesn’t buy ads. You won’t see a Model X during half-time of the Superbowl, for instance. At least, not on Tesla’s dime. Instead, they rely on giving customers a positive experience. There are no intense sales pitches from staff in their stores. For many issues, Tesla service can come to the customer rather than the other way around. And then there are the vehicles.Not only do Tesla owners enjoy the experience of an electric drivetrain, but the software in the cars is constantly improved, sometimes dramatically. For free. This is something that company CEO Elon Musk contends is responsible for the value retention of its vehicles. Said he on Twitter recently (embedded below) “Continuous, free over-the-air software updates is a big part of why a Tesla retains so much value over time.”Of course, being a human endeavor, the California automaker is not perfect, but as these numbers show, it’s definitely doing something right.True, but this will improve dramatically over next several months & all Tesla cars ever produced (except early Roadsters) will get improvements for free. Continuous, free over-the-air software updates is a big part of why a Tesla retains so much value over time.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 17, 2018 Porsche CEO Says Automaker Is Losing Customers To Tesla Analyst: “All Of Us Likely Tesla Customers In 25 Years,” Has Some Love For BMW Too Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 5, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News