Oct. 24, 2011
IRVING, Texas - Southern Miss becomes the first program this season to sweep Conference USA Volleyball Players of the Week accolades. A trio of seniors led the league for the week in their respective categories as Offensive Player of the Week award goes to Ashley Mell
, followed by Kelsea earning Setter of the Week merits and for the second-straight week Lisa has been voted Defensive Player of the Week.
Mell capped off a solid week, averaging a C-USA weekly-best 5.00 kills per set on a .304 hitting clip. She put together back-to-back double-double performances with 20 kills and 11 digs against UTEP and followed that with a season-high 26 kills and 13 digs against UCF. In the fifth set against UCF, Mell accounted for nine of the 14 kills including seven of the final 11 points. She also averaged 2.73 digs per set and collected six total blocks. This is Mell's first Offensive Player of the Week honor for the season and fourth for her career.
Knecht concluded an outstanding weekend performance with a 30-dig showing against UCF. She started the week by recording 25 digs against Tulane and followed that with a 13-dig performance against UTEP. For the week, Knecht averaged a league best for the week 6.18 digs per set and dished out six assists. This is Knecht's second-consecutive Defensive Player of the Week accolade and second of her career.
Seymour finished the week averaging a C-USA weekly-best 14.00 assists per set. She recorded two double-doubles on the road with 37 assists and 11 digs at Tulane and a career-high 72 assists and 12 digs in a win at UCF. Seymour also averaged 2.91 digs per set while collecting seven total blocks. She now has seven career Setter of the Week accolades, but this is her first of the 2011 season.