SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Furman’s Nicole Mack and UNCG’s Christina Gregory have been named Southern Conference volleyball offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively, for matches played Sept. 25 to Oct. 1, the conference office announced Monday. This is the second weekly award this year for Gregory and first for Mack.
Mack, an outside hitter, helped Furman pick up two SoCon wins over the weekend to extend the Paladins’ win streak to three. A Cascade, Colorado, native, Mack lead Furman to a sweep over preseason favorite ETSU on Friday as she notched a career-high 15 kills and a .367 hitting percentage. Mack then recorded 12 kills in a Saturday sweep over Chattanooga as she finished the weekend with just six errors on 63 swings. The sophomore averaged 4.50 kills per set while collecting eight digs and two total blocks over the weekend.
Gregory, a libero, started the weekend with 17 digs in a four-set win over Mercer on Friday night while chipping in three assists. The Louisville, Kentucky, native then recorded a season-high 32 digs in a close five-set loss to Samford on Saturday night, marking the fifth straight match she finished with double-digit digs. Gregory finished the weekend with 49 total digs and seven assists, averaging 5.44 digs per set. The junior boasts a .972 serve receive percentage and ranks second in the conference with 273 digs.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week: Sharlissa De Jesus (The Citadel), Braedyn Tutton (ETSU), Morgan MacGilvary (Mercer), Ashley Muench (UNCG), Taylor Anderton (Samford), Katie O’Connor (Western Carolina) and Catie Cronister (Wofford).
Also nominated for defensive player of the week: Gracie Barnes (The Citadel), Marija Popovic (ETSU), Meg DeMaar (Furman), Paige Alsten (Mercer), Grace Tiesman (Samford), Abigail Veit (Western Carolina) and Bijonae Jones (Wofford).
2017 SoCon Volleyball Offensive Players of the Week
Aug. 28 Ally Ford, R-So., OH, Chattanooga
Sept. 4 Catie Cronister, So., OH, Wofford
Sept. 11 Paige Alsten, Jr., MB, Mercer
Sept. 18 Taylor Anderton, Jr., S, Samford
Sept. 25 Rylee Milhorn, Sr., OH, ETSU
Oct. 2 Nicole Mack, So., OH, Furman
2017 SoCon Volleyball Defensive Players of the Week
Aug. 28 Megan Kaufman, Fr., DS/L, Chattanooga
Sept. 4 Christina Gregory, Jr., DS/L, UNCG
Sept. 11 Meg DeMaar, Sr., L, Furman
Sept. 18 Taylor Gill, Jr., L, Wofford
Sept. 25 Megan Kaufman, Fr., DS/L, Chattanooga
Oct. 2 Christina Gregory, Jr., DS/L, UNCG