PC volleyball honor announced
De Jong Earns Big South Defensive Player of the Week Honors
Charlotte, N.C. - Radford junior middle-blocker Mallory McKnight (Denton, Texas) has been named the Big South Volleyball Player of the Week, and Presbyterian middle-blocker Sydney De Jong (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) is the conference’s Defensive Player of the Week for matches played the opening week of conference action. Campbell outside hitter Sarah Colla (Carlsbad, Calif.) is the Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.
McKnight helped lead the Highlanders to two four-set victories on the road last week. She had a .471 hitting percentage, 31 kills (3.88 per set), seven digs (0.88 per set), six blocks (0.75 per set) and 36 points (4.50 per set). Against UNC Asheville, she recorded 12 kills, two digs and five blocks. McKnight followed that up with a .708 hitting percentage, 19 kills, five digs and a block in the win over USC Upstate.
De Jong tallied 12 blocks (1.50 per set) last week to help the Blue Hose to a 2-0 record. She made six blocks in four sets against Hampton on Friday. De Jong then tallied another six blocks, two of which were solo, in a four-set match versus Campbell on Saturday.
Colla recorded 50 kills last week (3.00 per set), highlighted by a Big South single-match five set record 35 last Friday. She also posted 16 digs (1.78 per set), six blocks (0.67 per set) and 54 points (6.00 per set). In the record performance at Charleston Southern, Colla added a .301 hitting percentage, 10 digs and five blocks in the five-set win. Then on Saturday, she had 15 kills, six digs and a block at Presbyterian.
Also nominated for Player of the Week: Sarah Colla (Campbell), Hannah Western(Charleston Southern), Kyndall Nicholas (Hampton), Molly Livingston (High Point), Erin Cooke (Presbyterian) and Lily Leistiko (Winthrop).
Also nominated for Defensive Player of the Week: Alysha Mitchell (Campbell), Abby Bottomley (High Point), Grace Green (Radford), and Phoebe Wu (Winthrop).
Also nominated for Freshman of the Week: Madison Malloch (Charleston Southern), Lauren Talbert (Presbyterian) Grace Green (Radford) and Lily Leistiko (Winthrop).