Following a record-setting week in which she broke the school record for kills in a match, senior Kelley Wernert was named the Conference USA Co-Offensive Player-of-the-Week as announced by the league office Monday.
Wernert averaged an impressive 6.08 kills, 0.85 blocks, 0.85 service aces and 2.69 digs per game, while establishing a .325 hitting efficiency for the week. She also ended the four-match week with 11 service aces, 11 total blocks and 97.5 points. For her all-around performance, she was named MVP of the George Washington Invitational and earned all-tournament honors. The title was East Carolina's first since the 2005 Wofford Invitational. Wernert started the week off by landing a career-best and school-record 31 kills against UNC-Wilmington, marking the most kills in a four-game match and second-most overall in C-USA this season. The Hoffman Estates, Ill., native leads the league with 5.93 points per game and is tied for first with an average of 5.09 kills per game. This is Wernert's first C-USA Offensive Player-of-the-Week honor.
Along with Wernert, Memphis’s Shelby Burton earned co-offensive player-of-the-week honors as she led Memphis (11-4) to a 4-0 week and co-champion finish in its final preseason tournament. Burton averaged 4.17 kills, 1.50 blocks and 5.54 points per game as well as a blistering .494 attack efficiency. Jenn Miller of Tulane garnered defensive player-of-the-week honors as she averaged 6.64 digs per game and had two matches with 30-plus dig performances. Setter-of-the-week went to Laura Cote’ of Memphis, who handed out match-high assists totals in all four matches, including averaging 17 assists to lead Memphis past Stetson.
The Pirates will venture to Oklahoma on Friday as they open conference play with a tilt against Tulsa to kick off C-USA play. First serve is set for 2 p.m. inside the Reynolds Center.