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Mon, Oct. 17, 2011 - [Volleyball]
Mid-South Conference
     LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- University of Rio Grande's Whitney Smith is the Mid-South Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 16, conference officials announced on Monday.

     In addition to her player of the week honors, Smith is the MSC Hitter of the Week. Rio Grande's Lauren Raines and Lindsey Wilson College's Andrea Taylor also earn weekly conference honors for their play last week. Taylor is the MSC Setter of the Week while Raines is the MSC Libero of the Week.

     This week's hitter of the week award is the third this season for Smith. She has been the conference player of the week twice this season. Taylor picks up her fourth conference setter of the week award while Raines earns her first weekly libero award of the season.

     Smith racked up 34 kills in two matches last week. She averaged 4.3 kills per set and amassed a .400 attacking percentage while helping the RedStorm split a pair of matches. The Albany, Ohio, junior outside hitter opened the week with seven kills in a 3-0 win over Central State (Ohio) University and finished with a season-high 27 kills in a 3-2 loss to Lindsey Wilson.

     Smith added five digs, three service aces and a pair of blocks to her totals.

     This season, Smith leads the Mid-South Conference in both total kills (330) and kills per set (3.6). She ranks 21st in the NAIA in total kills and 38th in kills per set. Smith's .268 attacking percentage is eighth in the conference.

     Raines tallied 26 of her 33 digs on the week in the loss to Lindsey Wilson while recording six service aces in the win over Central State. The Albany, Ohio, junior libero averaged 4.1 digs per set while recording a .784 reception percentage.

     Raines leads the MSC and is 29th in the NAIA with 450 digs this season. She is second in the conference averaging 4.8 digs per set and tied for third in the Mid-South with 41 service aces.

     Rio Grande is 13-12 overall this season and is tied atop the MSC East Division with a 3-4 record.

     Taylor averaged 10.1 assists per set while helping the Blue Raiders to wins over Shawnee State University and Rio Grande.

     The Louisville native added a pair of double-doubles with a 37-assist, 12-dig performance in the Shawnee State win and a 54-assist, 13-dig match against Rio Grande. Taylor's 54 assists were a season-high.

     Taylor leads the MSC and is 14th in the NAIA this season averaging 10.6 assists per set.

     Lindsey Wilson is 23-1 overall and leads the MSC West Division with a 7-1 record.