Senior outside hitter Olga Strantzali paced the Miami Hurricanes to a 3-0 mark at the Southern Miss Invitational, grabbing tournament MVP honors en route to Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week glory.
Strantzali tallied three 20-kill efforts, averaging 5.33 kills per set while hitting at a .306 clip. The Pylaia, Greece, native chalked up 22 kills and two aces against Arkansas-Little Rock. She followed that with 22 kills, nine digs and four aces against Southern Miss and rounded out the weekend with 20 kills, eight digs and a .486 hitting percentage against Nichols State.
This is Strantzali’s third career ACC Player of the Week nod, following a pair of accolades in 2015 (Nov. 9, Nov. 30).
Virginia Tech outside hitter Kaity Smith nabbed the first Freshman of the Week nod of 2017 with 4.69 kills per set and a .349 hitting effort on opening weekend. Smith started her Hokie career with a bang, pounding down 30 kills in her debut against Idaho State, a mark which ranks seventh all-time in Tech history. The Florence, Kentucky, native wrapped up her stay at the Pepsi Panther Invitational with 61 kills, 17 digs and an all-tournament team nod.