CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) - Winthrop's Stephanie Palmer has been named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Player of the Week in volleyball, while Presbyterian College's Rachel Hall was tabbed the Freshman of the Week. Gardner-Webb's Evan Moffitt picked up Defensive Player of the Week honors for matches played Sept. 12-18, the League announced today.
Palmer, a sophomore from Spartanburg, S.C., posted two triple-doubles last week to lead her team to a 2-1 record. The setter's first triple-double came against Charlotte on Sept. 14 as she posted 11 kills, 32 assists and 12 digs, to go along with three blocks in the narrow 3-2 loss. After posting 28 assists, five kills and two blocks in the win over N.C. Central on Sept. 16, Palmer recorded her second triple-double of the week with 35 assists, 13 digs and 10 kills in the 3-1 win over Elon on Sept. 17. Palmer is the only player in the Big South with multiple triple-doubles as she has two on the year.
Hall, a middle blocker from Roswell, Ga., posted 47 kills, hit .413 and added 14 blocks and 11 digs in five games for the Blue Hose last week. She highlighted her week with 12 kills, a .733 average at the net, two digs and two blocks as the Blue Hose downed Georgia State, 3-0, in her first match of the day on Sept. 16. She stayed hot as she found the floor for 15 kills and a .393 hitting percentage later in the day vs. South Carolina State. She hit above .300 percent in four of her five matches and finished with 2.47 kills per set.
Moffitt, a senior from Franklin, N.C., recorded 68 digs and averaged 5.23 digs per set in three matches for Gardner-Webb last week. She got her week started with 21 digs against Western Carolina on Sept. 16 and followed with 29 digs against Big South foe Charleston Southern on Sept. 17. She closed her weekend out with 18 digs in Gardner-Webb's 3-0 win over Wofford in her second match on Sept. 17.
Also nominated for volleyball Player of the Week for Week 4: Ally Russo (Campbell), Lindsey Gill (Coastal Carolina), Laura Wilcox (Gardner-Webb), Courtney Johnk (High Point), Kendle Rollins (Liberty), Presley Mabrey (Presbyterian College) and Carly Flemming (Radford).
Also nominated for volleyball Freshman of the Week for Week 4: Lorin Thomas (Campbell), Lian Bernett (Coastal Carolina), Heather Feldman (Gardner-Webb), Kristin Heldt (High Point), Rachel Brummitt (Radford) and Catherine Brusie (Winthrop).
Also nominated for volleyball Defensive Player of the Week for Week 4: Kelsey Campbell (Campbell), Lindsey Gill (Coastal Carolina), Molly Barlow (High Point), Loren Thomas (Liberty), Rachel Brummitt (Radford) and Becca Toor (Winthrop).
Big South Volleyball Player of the Week
Aug. 29 - Becca Toor, Winthrop
Sept. 5 - Becca Toor, Winthrop
Sept. 12 - Lillie Happel, Liberty
Big South Volleyball Freshman of the Week
Aug. 29 - Jennica Mullins, Winthrop
Sept. 5 - Emma Deininger, Radford
Sept. 12 - Emma Deininger, Raford
Big South Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week
Aug. 29 - Rachel Brummitt, Radford
Sept. 5 - Breanna Holliday, High Point
Sept. 12 - Alex Stewart, UNC Asheville