SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference named its volleyball players of the week Monday for games played Nov. 4-10. Wofford outside hitter Catie Cronister was named the Offensive Player of the Week, Western Carolina middle blocker MaKenzie White was named the Defensive Player of the Week and Samford’s Corinne Meglic was tabbed the Setter of the Week. The players of the week are selected by the league office.
Cronister earns her first offensive honor of the season after helping Wofford to a 1-1 week. The senior from Chicago, Illinois, began the week by hitting .414 with a match-high 12 kills and just one error on 29 swings in a sweep of Western Carolina on Friday. She added seven digs, four blocks and two service aces in the win. In a four-set loss to ETSU, one of two teams atop the conference at 13-1, she led the Terriers with 15 kills on Saturday. On the week, she hit .308 and averaged 4.00 kills and 1.43 digs per set.
White collects her first career honor as the Catamounts went 1-1 on the week. The junior from Norcross, Georgia, hit .412 with 10 kills and two blocks in the 3-0 loss at Wofford on Friday and tallied nine kills and a match-high 10 blocks in a four-set win over Western Carolina on Saturday, averaging 2.71 kills and 1.71 blocks in the two matches.
Meglic, a Green Bay, Wisconsin, native, averaged 12.22 assists and 1.67 digs per set in two road matches on the week. She dished out a match-high 43 assists and added eight digs in a 3-1 win at UNCG. At Furman a day later, she recorded a match-high and career-high 67 assists in a 3-2 win that pushed Samford to 13-1 in league play. The honor is the third of her career, all of which have come this season.
Wofford (14-14, 7-7 SoCon) hosts The Citadel (10-17, 4-10) on Wednesday, Nov. 13 and concludes regular-season play at Chattanooga (5-22, 0-14) on Nov. 16. Western Carolina (17-10, 11-3) heads to Johnson City, Tennessee, to play at ETSU (22-4) on Wednesday before hosting Samford (19-5) in the Catamounts’ regular-season finale on Friday. After Samford plays at Western Carolina on Friday, the Bulldogs end the regular season at ETSU on Saturday, Nov. 16.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week: Sara Esposito (ETSU), Nicole Mack (Furman), Annie Karle (Mercer), Lauren Deaton (Samford) and MaKenzie White (Western Carolina).
Also nominated for defensive player of the week: Marija Popovic (ETSU), Courtney Hoffman (Furman), Emily Naubert (Samford) and Chasidy Sharpe (Wofford).
Also nominated for setter of the week: Emily Arnold (ETSU), Katie Murphy (Furman), Nya Steele (Mercer), Hannah Price (Western Carolina) and Chasidy Sharpe (Wofford).
2019 SoCon Volleyball Offensive Players of the Week
Sept. 2 Lauren Deaton, So., OH, Samford
Sept. 9 Kaela Massey, Sr., MB, ETSU
Sept. 16 Kelsi Hobbs, Sr., RS, Samford
Sept. 23 Abigail Veit, Sr., OH, Western Carolina
Sept. 30 Kelsi Hobbs, Sr., RS, Samford
Oct. 7 Kelsi Hobbs, Sr., RS, Samford
Oct. 14 Kaela Massey, Sr., MB, ETSU
Oct. 21 Sharlissa De Jesus, Jr., OH, The Citadel
Oct. 28 Nicole Mack, R-Jr., OH, Furman
Nov. 4 Lauren Hatch, Fr., OH, ETSU
Nov. 11 Catie Cronister, Sr., OH, Wofford
2019 SoCon Volleyball Defensive Players of the Week
Sept. 2 Meagan Sanchez, Sr., LIB, Western Carolina
Sept. 9 Catie Cronister, Sr., OH, Wofford
Sept. 16 Meagan Sanchez, Sr., LIB, Western Carolina
Sept. 23 Sydney Cherney, Fr., LIB, ETSU
Sept. 30 Meagan Sanchez, Sr., LIB, Western Carolina
Oct. 7 Meagan Sanchez, Sr., LIB, Western Carolina
Oct. 14 Meagan Sanchez, Sr., LIB, Western Carolina
Oct. 21 Marija Popovic, Jr., LIB, ETSU
Oct. 28 Meagan Sanchez, Sr., LIB, Western Carolina
Nov. 4 Riley Coonan, Jr., MB, Wofford
Nov. 11 MaKenzie Wright, Jr., MB, Western Carolina
2019 SoCon Volleyball Setters of the Week
Sept. 2 Gabriela McHugh, Fr., UNCG
Sept. 9 Corinne Meglic, R-So., Samford
Sept. 16 Corinne Meglic, R-So., Samford
Sept. 23 Malia Randolph, Jr., Mercer
Sept. 30 Emily Arnold, Fr., ETSU
Oct. 7 Emily Arnold, Fr., ETSU
Oct. 14 Nya Steele, So., Mercer
Oct. 21 Emily Arnold, Fr., ETSU
Oct. 28 Hannah Price, Jr., Western Carolina
Nov. 4 Lorissa King, Sr., Wofford
Nov. 11 Corinne Meglic, R-So., Samford