Big South Announces Volleyball Players of the Week


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (– Winthrop setter Stephanie Palmer (Spartanburg, S.C.) has been named the Choice Hotels Big SouthVolleyball Player of the Week, while Libertyoutside hitter Caroline Douglas (Greenville, N.C.)was tabbed Freshman of the Week for matches played the opening weekend of theseason.  In addition, Campbellmiddle blocker Lindsey Coats (Dunn, N.C.)picked up Defensive Player of the Week honors.


Palmer put away 29 kills while managing 61 assists, a .379hitting average, eight service aces and 18 digs in helping Winthrop win twomatches.  In Winthrop’s opening defeat of Hampton, Palmerposted 13 kills, 26 assists, 10 digs and one block.  In the Eagles’ second match versus Bradley,she managed 15 assists and six kills.  Palmer’s performance in the final match of theN.C. Central Invitational was impressive as she posted 10 kills, a .588average, 20 assists and three digs against N.C. Central en route to All-Tournamenthonors.


Douglas had a great start to her collegiate career as she finished with 40kills and a .515 hitting average in three matches.  She got her weekend started with 19 kills, a .548average at the net and one block in Liberty’sseason-opening match against UNC Greensboro. The next day in Liberty’s win over N.C. Central,Douglas continued to contribute to the Flames’offense with a .333 attack percentage.  Inthe weekend’s final match, she led the way in Liberty’s sweep of Elon, totaling 16 killsand a .538 average with three block assists.  


Coats recorded 17 blocks and a 1.55 blocks per setaverage for the weekend, while her 17 blocks was an East Carolina Classicrecord.  She posted 10 kills and nineblocks in the opening win against the tournament host East Carolina.  The second gameversus Charlotte,she had six kills and one block.  In the Camels’final tournament match against Bethune-Cookman, she had seven of the team’s 10blocks and managed five kills.  Coatsearned East Carolina Classic All-Tournament honors for her play.


Also nominated for volleyball Player of the Week forWeek 1:  Jessica Groen (Campbell),Wynter Davis (CharlestonSouthern), Meghan Laffin (CoastalCarolina), Courtney Johnk (High Point), CarolineDouglas (Liberty)and Rachel Wieckecki (Radford).


Also nominated for volleyball Freshman of the Week forWeek 1: Lauren Bewick (Campbell), Katrina Houston (CharlestonSouthern), Gabriella Horvath(Coastal Carolina), Anna Pashkova(Gardner-Webb), Annemarie Chin (High Point) and Cheyanne James (Radford).


Also nominated for volleyball Defensive Player of theWeek for Week 1: Caity Farus (High Point), GabrielleShipe (Liberty), Emily Carlin (Radford) and CatherineBrusie (Winthrop).