Kennesaw State, Stetson Nab ASUN Week 4 Honors

  0 volleymob | September 17th, 2018 | College - Women's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major, News

Courtesy: Atlantic Sun Conference

ATLANTA  – Kennesaw State’s Lauren Chastang & Dani Ballou, along with Eva Deisa of Stetson earned this week’s ASUN Conference Volleyball Weekly awards, announced by the conference office on Monday.

Chastang captures her second Player of the Week honor in three weeks after an impressive showing at the Troy Classic last weekend. The sophomore outside hitter recorded 41 kills over three games at Troy to help her earn the tournament’s MVP award. For the week, Chastang tallied 60 total kills, including a career-high 19 in a five-set loss to Auburn. She brought her game on the defensive end as well, registering 38 digs and 10 total blocks. This season, Chastang leads the ASUN in kills with 183 and sits third in kills/set at 3.39.

Deisa’s school record-setting performance helps her earn her first career Defensive Player of the Week award. The Latvia native broke the Stetson single-match rally-scoring era (2001-Pres.) record for digs with 35 in the Hatters’ five-set winner over Chicago State. For the weekend, she recorded 64 digs and an average of 4.57 digs/set. Deisa also chipped in offensively with two double-digit kill matches and 36 total kills for the week.

Dani Ballou earns her first-ever Freshman of the Week honor. The Clearwater, Fla. native totaled 28 kills last week for Kennesaw State, helping the Owls to a 3-1 record. In KSU’s mid-week match with Auburn, Ballou set a career-high in kills with 10.

Players of the Week

Lauren Chastang, Kennesaw State
Sophomore | Outside Hitter | BayMinette, Ala. | Business
– Second Career ASUN Player of the Week Award; second this year
– Recorded 60 kills and 3.33 kills/set and earned MVP of the Troy Classic
– Brought it on the defensive end, recording 38 digs and 10 total blocks
– Leads the ASUN in kills with 183 and is third in kills/set at 3.39

Other Nominees: Sharonda Pickering, FGCU; Mallory Mattingly, Jacksonville; Jenna Culhan, Liberty; Carlyle Nusbaum, Lipscomb; Devyn Wheeler, North Florida; Eva Deisa, Stetson.

Defensive Player of the Week

Eva Deisa, Stetson
Junior | Outside Hitter | Jurmala, Latvia | Digital Arts
– First Career ASUN Defensive Player of the Week Award
– Set the Stetson single-match record for digs with 35 against Chicago State
– Registered 64 total digs and an average of 4.57 digs/set over the weekend
– Offensively recorded 36 kills and 2.57 kills/set in the Hatters’ 2-1 weekend

Other Nominees: Lauren Petersen, Jacksonville; Liesl Engelbrecht, Kennesaw State; Margaret Latchford, Liberty Ashley Maher, Lipscomb; Asante Lopez, North Florida; Chelcie Spence, Stetson.

Freshman of the Week

Dani Ballou, Kennesaw State
Freshman | Outside Hitter | Clearwater, Fla.
– First Career ASUN Freshman of the Week Award
– Tallied 29 kills, 1.61 kills/set and 10 total digs last week for the Owls
– Notched a career-high 10 kills against Auburn on September 11th
– Helped the Owls to a 3-1 record last week; KSU now sits at 9-4 on the year

Other Nominees: Chelsey Lockey, FGCU; Giao Huynh, Jacksonville; Madi Furtado, Liberty; Solimar Cestero; North Florida; Alejandra Perez, Stetson.

2018 Season Award Winners
Aug. 27th: Player: Cortney VanLiew, FGCU/Carlyle Nusbaum, Lipscomb; Defensive: Chelcie Spence, Stetson; Freshman: Dana Axner, FGCU
Sept. 4th: Player: Lauren Chastang, Kennesaw State; Defensive: Dani Serrano, FGCU; Freshman: Dana Axner, FGCU
Sept. 10th: Player: Hao Jin, Stetson; Defensive: Dana Axner, FGCU; Freshman: Solimar Cestero, North Florida
Sept. 17th: Player: Lauren Chastang, Kennesaw State; Defensive: Eva Deisa, Stetson; Freshman; Dani Ballou, Kennesaw State

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