SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Samford’s Michaela Reesor, Georgia Southern’s Alexandra Beecher, and Furman’s Jo Wilks have been named the SoCon Offensive, Defensive and Freshman Volleyball Players of the Week, respectively, for October 29. The selections are made by the conference office.
Reesor, a sophomore outside hitter, set a Samford single-match school record with 33 kills in the Bulldogs’ 3-2 win at Wofford on Sunday. The previous school record for kills was 31, set in 2008. The Caledon, Ontario, Canada native hit .375 in Samford’s only match last week. She also amassed 14 digs for her fourth consecutive double-double, her eighth on the season. Reesor hit .375 against the Terriers, recorded only nine errors in the five-set match.
Beecher, a freshman defensive specialist, was named Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. The Orlanda, Fla. native averaged 6.29 digs per set in a 2-0 week for the Eagles. She posted 23 digs and added six assists in the Eagles’ 3-1 win at College of Charleston, which vaulted GSU into first place in the South Division. The freshman then collected 21 digs, three assists and a service ace in Georgia Southern’s 3-0 win at The Citadel.
Furman’s Jo Wilks was named the SoCon Freshman of the Week, her fifth honor of the season. The setter from Union Grove, Wis., recorded double-doubles in two out of the Paladins’ three matches last week. Wilks recorded 40 assists and 13 digs in Furman’s 3-0 win over Winthrop, hitting .625 with five kills in the match. In the first of two SoCon matches last weekend, Wilks notched 62 assists and eight digs in Furman’s 3-2 loss to Wofford. She also added three blocks and four kills in the match. Wilks then posted 52 assists and 19 digs in the Paladins’ 3-1 win over Chattanooga. She hit .556 with five kills in the win. Wilks recorded 14 kills, five blocks, two service aces, 40 digs and 154 assists in three matches for the Paladins last week.
Also nominated for Offensive Player of the Week were Appalachian State’s Lindsey Sauls, College of Charleston’s Darcy Dorton, The Citadel’s Ise d'Angelo, Davidson’s Caroline Brown, Elon’s Chanelle Smith, Furman’s Chandler Ambrester, Georgia Southern’s Meredith Paskert, UNCG’s Olivia Humphries, UNCG’s Morgan Freeman, Western Carolina’s Caitlin Piechota, and Wofford’s Wendy Burnett.
Also nominated for Defensive Player of the Week were Appalachian State’s Courtney Rhein, College of Charleston’s Emily Shelton, The Citadel’s Erin Bucherl, Davidson’s Molly Crenshaw, Elon’s Kris Harris, Furman’s Elle Ross, UNCG’s Kellie Orewiler, Chattanooga’s Paula Passmore, Western Carolina’s Morgan Cochran, and Wofford’s Wendy Burnett.
Also nominated for Freshman of the Week were Appalachian State’s Paige Brown, College of Charleston’s Melissa Morello, The Citadel’s Rachel Keefer, Elon’s Ana Nicksic, Georgia Southern’s Alexandra Beecher, UNCG’s Julia Westerbur, Chattanooga’s Sarah Batterton, Western Carolina’s Nicole Ford, and Wofford’s Jessica Graham.
2012 Volleyball Offensive Players of the Week
Week 1 – Darcy Dorton, College of Charleston
Week 2 – Kris Harris, Elon
Week 3 – Natalie Braun, Furman
Week 4 – Lauren Hutchinson, Samford
Week 5 – Lauren Hutchinson, Samford
Week 6 – Taeler Davis, College of Charleston
Week 7 – Chandler Ambrester, Furman
Week 8 – Meredith Paskert, Georgia Southern
Week 9 – Olivia Humphries, UNCG
Week 10 – Michaela Reesor, Samford
2012 Volleyball Defensive Players of the Week
Week 1 – Paula Passmore, Chattanooga
Week 2 – Alexandra Beecher, Georgia Southern
Week 3 – Alexis Bauer, Samford
Week 4 – Emily Shelton, College of Charleston
Week 5 – Paula Passmore, Chattanooga
Week 6 – Ali Deatsch, Elon
Week 7 – Morgan Cochran, Western Carolina
Week 8 – Celia Rose Eddy, Elon
Week 9 – Paula Passmore, Chattanooga
Week 10 – Alexandra Beecher, Georgia Southern
2012 Volleyball Freshmen of the Week
Week 1 – Jo Wilks, Furman
Week 2 – Jo Wilks, Furman
Week 3 – Jo Wilks, Furman
Week 4 – Alexandra Beecher, Georgia Southern
Week 5 – Melissa Morello, College of Charleston
Week 6 – Lauren Betlach, UNCG
Week 7 – Jo Wilks, Furman
Week 8 – Julimar Alvarado, Chattanooga
Week 9 – Briana Reid, Chattanooga
Week 10 – Jo Wilks, Furman