SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference named its volleyball players of the week Monday for games played Nov. 11-16. Chattanooga outside hitter Gylian Finch was named the Offensive Player of the Week, Western Carolina libero Meagan Sanchez was named the Defensive Player of the Week and ETSU’s Emily Arnold was tabbed the Setter of the Week. The players of the week are selected by the league office.
Finch earns the first weekly honor of her career and the first weekly honor of the season for Chattanooga after helping the Mocs to a 2-0 week. Finch hit .358 in the two matches and averaged 4.50 kills per set as Chattanooga picked up its first two conference wins of the season in the final week of regular-season play. She began the week with a double-double, tallying a match-high 22 kills and 12 digs in a five-set win over The Citadel. The native of Mount Morris, Illinois, hit .373 and added four service aces in Chattanooga’s first SoCon victory. The next day, she hit .333 with a match-high 14 kills, seven digs and two aces in a sweep of Wofford.
Sanchez collects her seventh defensive honor of the season and the eighth of her career. The senior becomes just the second SoCon player to earn eight career weekly honors, tying Furman’s Meg DeMaar (2014-18). The pair trail only Georgia Southern’s Martina Veiglova (2001-03), who took home nine weekly honors in her career. On the week, the native of Bristow, Virginia, averaged 7.14 digs per set. In a four-set loss to ETSU on Nov. 13, Sanchez tallied a match-high 35 digs and added three assists. She finished with a team-high 15 digs in the 3-0 loss to Samford, the 2019 SoCon regular-season champion.
Arnold, a Louisville, Kentucky, native, averaged 11.38 assists per set as the Bucs beat Western Carolina in four sets and fell to Samford, 3-1, in the final game of the regular season. She dished out a match-high 46 assists against Western Carolina and added seven digs, two aces and two block assists in the win. Against the Bulldogs a day later, she recorded a match-high 45 assists and tallied four digs, two aces and a block assist. The weekly award is her fourth of the season.
Chattanooga (7-22, 2-14 SoCon), the No. 9 seed in the upcoming Southern Conference Championship, heads to Charleston, South Carolina, to face No. 8 seed The Citadel (10-19, 4-12) on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. in the first-round contest. Western Carolina (17-12, 11-15) earned the No. 3 seed and will take on No. 6 seed Mercer (13-16, 6-10) in the final match of Friday’s quarterfinal round, slated for 7 p.m. in Wofford’s Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium. No. 2 seed ETSU (23-5, 14-2) will play seventh-seeded UNC Greensboro (11-19, 5-11) at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week: Olivia Cunningham (ETSU), Neci Harris (Furman), Brittany Major (Mercer), Kelsi Hobbs (Samford), Abigail Veit (Western Carolina) and Riley Coonan (Wofford).
Also nominated for defensive player of the week: Marija Popovic (ETSU), Andrea Aceveda (Furman), Megan Smith (Mercer), Emily Naubert (Samford), Megan Kaufman (Chattanooga) and Riley Coonan (Wofford).
Also nominated for setter of the week: Katie Murphy (Furman), Corinne Meglic (Samford), Maddie Halsey (Chattanooga), Hannah Price (Western Carolina) and Lorissa King (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
Nov. 18 Gylian Finch, So., OH, Chattanooga
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 White, Jr., MB, Western Carolina
Nov. 18 Meagan Sanchez, Sr., LIB, 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
Nov. 18 Emily Arnold, Fr., ETSU