Big South Announces Volleyball Players of the Week


CHARLOTTE, N.C.  ( - Coastal Carolina middle blocker Kindra Bailey (Irmo, S.C.) has been named the Choice Hotels Big South Volleyball Player of the Week, while Liberty right-side hitter Monica Johnson (Niceville, Fla.) is the CRONS Brand Freshman of the Week for matches played Oct. 8-14.  In addition, Liberty's Gabrielle Shipe (Orlando, Fla.) earned Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Bailey played a key role in Coastal Carolina's 2-0 week.  She totaled 21 kills with a .467 percentage, seven service aces, six digs and 13 blocks.  In the Chants' 3-2 win against Radford, Bailey posted eight kills, three digs and eight blocks.  She then recorded another 13 kills, three digs and five blocks in the 3-1 win over Liberty.  Bailey averaged 2.33 kills and 1.44 blocks per set.

Johnson's solid play helped Liberty to a 1-1 week.  She put away 18 kills with a .361 hitting percentage and put up nine blocks last week.  In the match against Charleston Southern, she recorded 11 kills and six blocks.  Johnson then posted another seven kills and three blocks versus Coastal Carolina.

Shipe commanded Liberty's back row last week.  She tallied 45 digs and averaged 5.00 digs per set.  In the match against Charleston Southern, she posted 29 digs.  Against Coastal Carolina, she recorded another 16 digs.  This is Shipe's second nod for Defensive Player of the Week.

Also nominated for volleyball Player of the Week for Week 8: Sydney Tracy (Charleston Southern), Heather Feldman (Gardner-Webb), Chelsea Davis (High Point), Caroline Douglas (Liberty), Presley Mabrey (Presbyterian), Emily Carlin (Radford) and Stephanie Palmer  (Winthrop).

Also nominated for volleyball Freshman of the Week for Week 8: Sam Zuber (Campbell), Meredith Parrott (Charleston Southern),  Gabriella Horvath (Coastal Carolina),  Anna Pashkova (Gardner-Webb), Annemarie Chin (High Point), Cheyanne James (Radford) and Rachel Lenz (Winthrop).

Also nominated for volleyball Defensive Player of the Week for Week 8: Ashley Higgenbothem (Charleston Southern), Jenna Orner (Coastal Carolina), Annemarie Chin (High Point), Mary Trimpe (Presbyterian), Katelyn Meeks (Radford) and Monica Cardona (Winthrop).

2012 Players of the Week
Aug. 27 - Stephanie Palmer, Winthrop
Sept. 4 - Loren Thomas, Liberty
Sept. 10 - Chelsea Davis, High Point
Sept. 17 - Courtney Johnk, High Point
Sept. 24 - Chelsea Davis, High Point
Oct. 1 - Gabriella Horvath, Coastal Carolina
Oct. 8 - Presley Mabrey, Presbyterian College
Oct. 15 - Kindra Bailey, Coastal Carolina 

2012 Defensive Players of the Week
Aug. 27 - Lindsey Coats, Campbell
Sept. 4 - Gabrielle Shipe, Liberty
Sept. 10 - Annemarie Chin, High Point
Sept. 17 - Jessica Mullins, Winthrop & Katelyn Meeks (Radford)
Sept. 24 - Mallorie Cubillos, Campbell
Oct. 1 - Tyler Cockrell, Gardner-Webb
Oct. 8 - Katelyn Meeks, Radford
Oct. 15 - Gabrielle Shipe, Liberty

2012 Freshmen of the Week
Aug. 27 - Caroline Douglas, Liberty
Sept. 4 - Amy Zimmer, Winthrop
Sept. 10 - Katie Davis, UNC Asheville
Sept. 17 - Rachel Lenz, Winthrop
Sept. 24 - Annemarie Chin, High Point
Oct. 1 - Caroline Douglas, Liberty
Oct. 8 - Meredith Parrott, Charleston Southern
Oct. 15 - Monica Johnson, Liberty