MACON, Ga. - Defending Atlantic Sun Conference Volleyball champion Lipscomb is off to the best conference start in school history in 2008 and Alex Kelly's play is a large reason why. The sophomore continued her stellar play over the weekend in a pair of nail-biting victories that kept the Lady Bisons unbeaten against A-Sun competition. On Monday the league office rewarded her with her second consecutive Player of the Week honor.
Kelly paced the Lady Bisons as they won 3-2 in each of their matches at UNF and at Jacksonville in the A-Sun Game of the Week. Her performance at UNF rallied the team in many ways in the later sets as the Lady Bisons stayed perfect with their school record sixth straight A-Sun win and their seventh straight win overall. Kelly had a match-high 17 kills and a .467 hitting percentage against the Ospreys. She also spent time on the back row for the Lady Bisons in both matches and finished with double-doubles in kills and digs in both matches.
The Atlantic Sun Conference is an 11-member league committed to Building Winners for Life, with a focus on academic and athletic integrity and a balance between the two for the student-athlete, and maintaining a high level of sportsmanship. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun encompasses six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun consists of some of the most dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.
Other Top Performers
Karen Dorris, Mercer (Sr. – OH – Nashville, Tenn.. – Education) – Senior outside hitter posted a double-double effort, pounding out 10 kills and adding 12 digs to help lead the Bears to a 3-0, (25-16, 25-18, 25-17) victory over Campbell.
Roberta Santos, FGCU (Sr. – S – Recife, Brazil. – Resort and Hospitality Management) – Santos hit over .300 in both matches while directing the offense to a .338 percentage as a team.
Shelley Walroth, Jacksonville (Jr. – L – Cincinnati, Ohio – Psychology) – Averaged seven digs per set in two matches last week. Tallied a career-best 38 digs in a 3-2 loss to Lipscomb.
A-Sun Weekly Notes
It was a big week for USC Upstate senior Holly Mauldin last week, as the senior setter posted two 30-assist matches and led the Spartans to wins over Presbyterian and Stetson. In the process, the Columbia, S.C., native averaged 8.45 assists per set to go with 2.18 digs. On Saturday against Stetson, Mauldin posted career-highs with 41 assists and five kills, leading the Spartans to a sweep. Not only was it the first 40-assist match of the DI era at Upstate, it is also the A-Sun’s season-high in a three-set match. She also added 12 digs for her fourth double-double of the season and she became the seventh player in school history to reach 1,500 career assists in the match. On Tuesday, Mauldin recorded 32 assists and eight digs against Presbyterian, leading Upstate to the 3-2 win.
In leading the Camels to a 1-1 Atlantic Sun record on the week, sophomore outside hitter Emily Werner posted 18 total kills with nine blocks and nine digs. Werner was also one of three Camels with four aces on the week, helping Campbell match its conference win total from last season. The Sarasota, Fla., native's 19.5 points was a team high in Saturday's win over Kennesaw State, where Werner tallied 12 kills, six blocks, five digs and four aces. Middle blocker Caitlin Bendy, another Campbell sophomore, registered 16 kills on the week, with five blocks and four aces.