Triangle trio splits weekly awards
North Carolina outside hitter Taylor Leath and N.C. State outside hitter Julia Brown share this week’s ACC Volleyball Player of the Week award, whereas Duke right-side hitter Samantha Amos took home Freshman of the Week honors.
Leath and Brown are two-time Player of the Week honorees this season, but this is Amos’ first Freshman of the Week nod.
Leath helped the Tar Heels earn a pair of wins over the weekend, which included topping No. 10 Florida State in Tallahassee, 3-2. The redshirt sophomore recorded her seventh double-double of the season on Sunday, racking up 26 kills and 13 digs, while totaling 35 kills, five blocks, two aces and a .361 hitting percentage across the weekend’s games.
Brown and the Wolfpack also picked up a pair of wins over Florida State and Miami (3-1). The junior recorded her 12th double-double of the season (21 kills, 13 digs) in last Friday’s five-set thriller over the Seminoles, which marked the program’s first-ever victory over a top 10 opponent. Brown averaged 4.44 points per set, 4.33 kills per set and 1.78 digs per set.
Not to be outdone, Duke’s Amos recorded back-to-back career highs in kills as she aided the Blue Devils to their fourth consecutive win. The freshman registered 15 kills, five blocks, two digs and a .520 hitting percentage in the win over Louisville. Amos averaged 4.43 kills per set, 1.14 blocks per set and a .349 hitting percentage over the weekend.
Campbell: Kayla Schanback has been named the Defensive Player of the Week and teammate Allena Heath has been selected as the Freshman of the Week, as announced by the Big South Conference. Schanback collected 55 digs during the week while Heath contributed 41 kills for the Camels and collected eight total blocks.
Elon: The Phoenix closed out the road portion of its regular-season schedule Monday night, but was not able to claim a win, falling 3-0 (16-25, 26-28, 19-25) at UNCW in Hanover Hall. The team returns home to close out the regular season next weekend with two matches against Hofstra and Northeastern.
St. Aug’s: Led by the duo of Shakera Hall and Olivia Porter, The Falcons downed Livingstone College 3-1 in Salisbury to qualify for the CIAA Volleyball Tournament. The ladies (9-12 overall) will enter the tournament as the No. 4 seed in the Southern Division.
Shaw: The Lady Bears earned a 3-1 victory over Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Conference (CIAA) foe Fayetteville State University Monday night. The win puts the ladies back in first place of the Southern Division and boosts their record to 17-7 overall, 13-1 in the conference and 7-1 within the Southern Division.
Duke: Freshman Marques Bolden has sustained a left lower-leg injury. Bolden will not play in Duke’s home games on Nov. 11 and 12, and will be re-evaluated following the weekend. The DeSoto, Texas, native scored 13 points and had 11 rebounds in Duke’s exhibition win over Virginia State on Oct. 28, but did not play in Duke’s exhibition finale on Nov. 4.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack will continue its season after it received an at-large bid to the NCAA championship Monday night, marking its first appearance at the national tournament since 1996. The Pack will travel to Minneapolis to face 2016 Big-10 Tournament Champion Minnesota.
UNC: The Tar Heels received an at-large bid to play for the 2016 NCAA championship and will host Liberty at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Fetzer Field.
Duke: For the 22nd time in school history and the 13th time out of the last 14 years, the Blue Devils received an at-large invitation to play in the NCAA tournament. The Blue Devils will play Charlotte at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Koskinen Stadium.
Duke: Sophomore linebacker Ben Humphreys earned ACC Linebacker of the Week honors following his performance against Virginia Tech on Saturday. In the 24-21 loss, Humphreys collected a career-high 16 tackles including 1.5 tackles for loss. On the season, Humphreys leads the Blue Devils in tackles with 81 while his tackles per game average of 9.00 ranks sixth in the ACC.
N.C. Central: For the first time in program history, the Eagles are ranked in the FCS Coaches Poll. With an overall record of 7-2 and an unbeaten 6-0 mark in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play, the team entered Monday’s FCS Coaches Top 25 Poll at No. 25. This is the first time the Eagles have been nationally ranked since transitioning to NCAA Division I-FCS in 2011.
Wake Forest: Head coach Tony Bresky has announced the addition of Chris Eaton as an assistant coach. Eaton had a six-year professional career from 2007-12, earning career-high rankings of 317 in singles and 147 in doubles, before joining the coaching ranks. As a professional player, Eaton played in the main draw at Wimbledon for four straight years, and totaled three singles and 22 doubles titles on tour.
Raleigh Sports Club: Bryan Kersey, ACC Supervisor of Basketball Officials, will be the special guest speaker on Wednesday. Kersey will give attendees the inside scoop on the future of officiating, including video replay, block/charge, traveling, etc.
UNC: Behind 35 points from Stephanie Watts and an unofficial school-record 16 three-pointers, the Tar Heels earned a 115-51 victory over Elizabeth City State in Monday’s exhibition. The Heels begin the regular season on Friday by hosting Alabama State at 4 p.m.
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