Cooke Earns Big South Freshman of the Week Honors; w-USC Upstate Match Result
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – High Point middle blocker Molly Livingston (Sun Prairie, Wis.) has been named the Big South Volleyball Player of the Week, while teammate Abby Bottomley (Virginia Beach, Va.) is the Defensive Player of the Week for matches played Oct. 8-14, the conference office announced today. In addition, Presbyterian’s Erin Cooke (Davidson, N.C.) has been selected as the Freshman of the Week.
Livingston recorded a .500 hitting percentage in three High Point wins last week, which included two Big South sweeps. She tallied 36 kills (3.27 per set), 19 blocks (1.73 per set) and 50.0 points (4.55 per set). In HPU’s five-set win at East Tennessee State, Livingston put down 17 kills, two service aces, five blocks and hit .405. She then tallied a .538 attacking clip and 11 total blocks in a sweep of USC Upstate, and concluded her week with 12 kills and a .688 percentage in a 3-0 win vs. UNC Asheville.
Bottomley totaled 75 digs and 6.82 digs per set in High Point’s three victories last week. She opened with a program-, season-, career- and match-high 42 digs in Tuesday’s five-set win at ETSU. Bottomley then posted 16 digs in the win over USC Upstate, and added 17 the following night in the UNC Asheville victory.
Cooke recorded her third triple-double of the season on Saturday, as she had 11 kills, 23 assists, and 14 digs in a five-set contest against Radford. Earlier in the week on Tuesday, Cooke picked up seven kills, nine points and seven assists in a win at South Carolina State. She finished the week with six blocks and two service aces for the Blue Hose.
This is the fourth time this season that a Blue Hose earned a Big South Player of the Week honor. Cooke has been named Freshman of the Week twice.
Also nominated for Player of the Week: Jessica Stocking (Campbell), Addison Kaderli (Charleston Southern), Megann Delgado (Hampton), Allie Wright (Presbyterian), Mallory McKnight (Radford), Emily Russell (USC Upstate) and Siani Yamaguchi (Winthrop).
Also nominated for Defensive Player of the Week: Grace Kane (Campbell), Hannah Western (Charleston Southern), Hannah Donaldson (Gardner-Webb), Sydney De Jong (Presbyterian), Haley Kleespies(Radford), Madisen Zyburt (UNC Asheville), Emily Russell (USC Upstate) and Carlie Skelton (Winthrop).
Also nominated for Freshman of the Week: Anna Grace Holdford (Campbell), Hannah Donaldson(Gardner-Webb), Brooklyn Irvin (Hampton), Madison Smith (High Point), Grace Green (Radford).
Blue Hose Defeated by USC Upstate in Five Sets
Clinton - The Presbyterian College volleyball team was defeated by USC Upstate in five sets on Tuesday night at the Templeton Center. The Spartans beat the Blue Hose 22-25, 25-17, 25-16, 21-25, and 15-10. The Blue Hose are now 4-4 in the Big South, 7-12 overall. The Spartans are 8-15 overall, 4-5 in conference play.
Freshman Erin Cooke collected a team-high 15 kills and a team-high 30 assists on Tuesday night. Junior Erin Eulitz also recorded a double-double with 11 kills and 17 digs. Sophomore Sydney De Jong had a .435 hitting percentage with 12 kills on the night. Sophomore Allie Wright and freshman Lauren Talbert each picked up nine kills. Freshman Trinity Williams chipped in with eight kills. Sophomore Taylor Farmerpaced the Blue Hose with 20 digs. Sophomore Sierra Jones tallied 26 assists.
The Blue Hose started quickly on Tuesday night, as they were able to get out to a 16-9 lead in the first set. The Spartans would inch their way back into the set to bring their deficit to four, only for PC to take an eight point advantage, 22-14. Upstate would battle back and score seven of the next eight points, but the Blue Hose would put away set number one. Cooke recorded seven kills and seven assists in the set.
In the fourth set, the Blue Hose found themselves behind the Spartans quickly. After trailing by four, PC evened the score at 11 and marched forward. Upstate continued to match the Blue Hose, with the pair of teams trading points for 12 straight points. Once the set was tied at 16, PC took 5 of the next six points to take control. The Spartans rallied to bring the lead down to two, but the Blue Hose would take three of the final four points to force the fifth set. Eulitz collected seven kills in the set.
The Blue Hose will hit the road for their next pair of matches. PC will take on UNC Asheville on Saturday afternoon. For Blue Hose news and updates, be sure to follow PC Volleyball on Twitter, @BlueHoseVolley.