Nov. 5 Volleyball Players of the Week

Go C-USA! Sam Serley, UAB
Go C-USA!
Sam Serley, UAB
Go C-USA!

Nov. 5, 2012

IRVING, Texas - UAB's SAM SERLEY and RACHEL FAIRBANKS capture two of the three Conference USA Volleyball weekly awards. The duo guided the Blazers to a pair of C-USA straight-set victories over East Carolina and Marshall. Offensive Player of the Week honors went to Serley after she registered an impressive and C-USA weekly best .633 (21K-2E-30TA) attack percentage as well as 3.50 kills and 2.17 blocks per set for a total of 4.83 points per set. For the second time in three weeks, Fairbanks has earned Defensive Player of the Week accolades. She produced a dig per set average of 7.17, a C-USA best. Earning her fifth C-USA Setter of the Week award is Rice's MEGAN MURPHY. The junior led the Owls to home wins over Southern Miss and UCF, keeping Rice in the hunt for the regular season title. She average a C-USA weekly best 13.17 assists per set and sits in the top spot on the C-USA assists per set chart with 11.16 for the season. UAB and UTEP's two conference wins last weekend clinched a spot for both programs in the upcoming 2012 C-USA Championship which is slated to begin Nov. 16 in Tulsa, Okla.

C-USA WEEKLY VOLLEYBALL AWARDS
for matches played from Oct. 29-Nov. 4_Week 11

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SAM SERLEY, UAB / 6-2, SR., MB / NASHVILLE, TENN.
Serley helped lead the UAB offense to a pair of sweeps over the weekend, claiming matches against Marshall and East Carolina at Bartow Arena. Serley hit an impressive .633 in six sets of game action, connecting for 21 kills on 30 swings with only two errors committed. Her weekend total pushed her season hitting percentage in league play to a C-USA best .406. In addition, Serley stonewalled the opposition with 13 total blocks, including nine swats against the Thundering Herd on Senior Day as the Blazers finished with a 10-1 home record this season. For the weekend, Serley averaged 3.50 kills and 2.17 blocks per set for a total of 4.83 points per set. This is Serley's first weekly award of the season and second for her career.

 

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
RACHEL FAIRBANKS, UAB / 5-8, JR., L / KATY, TEXAS
Fairbanks patrolled the back row for the Blazers, leading UAB to a pair of 3-0 sweeps against East Carolina and Marshall. In six sets, Fairbanks corralled 43 digs for a 7.17 digs per set average. In Sunday's match vs. the Thundering Herd, Fairbanks totaled 25 digs, which featured 21 in the first two stanzas of a 3-0 sweep to lead the Blazers to a 10-1 home record this season. In addition, Fairbanks averaged 1.17 assists and 0.50 service aces per set for the weekend. This marks her second career honor in the last three weeks.

SETTER OF THE WEEK
MEGAN MURPHY, RICE / 5-10, R-JR., S / PLANO, TEXAS
Murphy averaged 13.17 assists per set and posted 79 assists over two matches last weekend. Her 41 assists against UCF were the most in a three-set C-USA match for the weekend. She also added three kills on .400 hitting against the Knights. She posted her 12th double-double of the season with 38 assists and 11 digs against Southern Miss. She has 30+ assists in 16-straight matches, including every C-USA match this season. Murphy leads the league in assists per set with 11.16. This is her fifth Setter of the Week honor for the season and career.

2012 C-USA VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSIVE
A27 Tyler Henderson, Tulsa (Sr., OH)
S3 Caroline Young, SMU (So., OH)
S10 Nancy Cole, Rice (Sr., MB)
S17 Cori Martone, Tulane (Jr., OH/MB)
S24 Jeane Horton, UTEP (Jr., OH)
O1 Xitlali Herrera, UTEP (Jr., MB)
O8 Caroline Young, SMU (So., OH)
O15 Tyler Henderson, Tulsa (Sr., OH)
O22 Nancy Cole, Rice (Sr., MB)
O29 Tyler Henderson, Tulsa (Sr., OH)
N5 Sam Serley, UAB (Sr., MB)

DEFENSIVE
A27 Jessica Adams, Tulsa (Sr., L)
S3 Jessica Adams, Tulsa (Sr., L)
S10 Xitlali Herrera, UTEP (Jr., MB)
S17 Dorothy Rahal, Marshall (Jr., L)
S24 Jessica Adams, Tulsa (Sr., L)
O1 Jessica Adams, Tulsa (Sr., L)
O8 Jillian Humphrey, Rice (So., MB) (
O15 Meredith Murphy, UCF (Sr., L)
O22 Rachel Fairbanks, UAB (Jr., L)
O29 DeLaina Sarden, UCF (So., MB)
N5 Rachel Fairbanks, UAB (Jr., L)

SETTER
A27 Sammie Bane, Marshall (So.)
S3 Megan Murphy, Rice (R-Jr.)
S10 Megan Murphy, Rice (R-Jr.)
S17 Megan Murphy, Rice (R-Jr.)
S24 Megan Murphy, Rice (R-Jr.) & Malia Patterson, UTEP (Jr.)
O1 Malia Patterson, UTEP (Jr.)
O8 Olivia Bailey, SMU (Sr.-TR)
O15 Abby Simmons, Houston (Sr.-TR)
O22 Marie Reiterova, UCF (R-So.)
O29 Marie Reiterova, UCF (R-So.)
N5 Megan Murphy, Rice (R-Jr.)

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