Courtesy: American Athletic Conference
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The American Athletic Conference has announced the winners of the league’s weekly volleyball honors for the week ending on October 21.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
McKenna Melville * Fr. * OH * UCF
Melville picks up her second Offensive Player of the Week honor, as the freshman guided UCF to another weekend sweep on the road, pushing the Knights into the sole first-place spot in The American. Melville had two double-doubles and averaged 4.62 kills, 3.50 digs, 0.62 blocks and 0.62 aces per set. Her team extended its winning streak to 15-straight matches with a 9-0 American record. Melville earned her conference-best 13th double-double after knocking down 14 kills and 13 digs in a sweep over ECU on Friday. She then paced UCF’s offense with 23 kills, a .322 hitting percentage, three service aces and a pair of blocks, as the Knights outlasted Cincinnati in a five-set thriller in a battle for the top spot in the league on Sunday.
✌️ huge games nets Mac her second Player of the Week honor from @American_VBall!
Congrats, rook 👏
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— UCF Volleyball (@UCF_Volleyball) October 22, 2018
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Montana Watts * Jr. * L * SMU
Watts averaged 7.00 digs per set without a reception error through SMU’s 2-0 weekend at Moody Coliseum. The Mustangs’ weekend performance moved them into a tie for fourth place in The American standings. Watts had 30 digs in a 3-2 win over 2017 conference champion Wichita State on Friday and bumped 26 more in a sweep over third-place Tulsa on Sunday. She contributed to the offense with 10 assists over the weekend.
After averaging 7.00 digs per set without a reception error through SMU’s 2-0 weekend at home, @SMUVolleyball's Montana Watts has been named the #AmericanVB Defensive Player of the Week!
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— American Volleyball (@American_VBall) October 22, 2018
WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
Anne-Marie Watson * So. * RS * UCF
Watson helped the Knights hold Cincinnati to hitting below .200, recording 12 blocks in a 3-2 win for first place on Sunday. Her 12 stuffs are tied for second in conference history, while her team totaled 21.5 blocks, which ranks No. 2 all-time in league history. Watson averaged 2.33 blocks per set and added 11 kills with a .375 clip in the victory over the Bearcats to earn a double-double.
Jordan Thompson * R-Jr. * OH/RS * Cincinnati
Thompson had another dominant week at the net, reaching the 30-kill mark for the seventh this year, while averaging 5.31 kills and 6.38 points per set. She pummeled 30 kills and had six service aces and 10 digs to lead the Bearcats to their seventh five-set win of the year in their final nonconference match at Dayton on Wednesday. Thompson had 12 kills on .524 hitting in a sweep over ECU before knocking down another 27 kills with two service aces and 10 digs through five sets in a match for first place against UCF on Sunday.
Abby Irvine * So. * S * Houston
Irvine played an important role in helping Houston take down 2017 conference champion Wichita State in five sets on Sunday. She recorded a double-double of 47 assists and 11 digs, as the Cougars outlasted the Shockers. Irvine averaged 9.12 assists and 2.38 digs per set with six kills and a pair of aces over the weekend.
Jac’cara Walker * Jr. * OH * USF
Walker contributed in both rows, averaging 4.43 kills, 3.00 digs and 4.57 points per set with a .971 reception percentage. She hit .320 with 12 kills and nine digs against then-first-place Cincinnati on Friday and earned her 11th double-double of the year in a 3-1 win at ECU on Sunday with 19 kills and 12 digs.
Erika Hansel * Jr. * RS * Tulane
Hansel continues to shine for Tulane, as the Green Wave extended their winning streak to five matches after another 2-0 weekend. Hansel knocked down nine kills while adding four blocks to lead Tulane to a three-set win against UConn. She tallied 14 kills while hitting .609 against Temple in a second-straight sweep on Sunday. She averaged a .419 hitting percentage with five blocks over the weekend, while her team hit over .300.