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Junior outside hitter Whitney Smith earned her second straight MSC Player of the Week award
Junior outside hitter Whitney Smith earned her second straight MSC Player of the Week award
Mon, Oct. 24, 2011 - [Volleyball]
Mid-South Conference
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- For the second straight week, University of Rio Grande's Whitney Smith is the Mid-South Conference Volleyball Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.
    The conference player of the week honor is her third this season. She also earns her fourth MSC Hitter of the Week award of the season. Lindsey Wilson College's Andrea Taylor and Shawnee State University's Kirsti Yates also earn weekly conference honors for their play last week. Taylor is the MSC Setter of the Week while Yates is the MSC Libero of the Week.
    Taylor picks up her fifth conference honor and her second straight while Yates earns her third award of the season.
    Smith averaged 4.5 kills and recorded a .376 hitting percentage while helping the RedStorm to three wins in four matches last week. The Albany, Ohio, junior outside hitter finished the week with three double-doubles, including a 25-kill and 16-dig performance in a loss to Campbellsville University.
    In a sweep of Cincinnati Christian (Ohio) University, Smith ended with 14 kills, 12 digs and three service aces. She concluded the week with 58 kills, 44 digs and six aces.
    This season, Smith leads the Mid-South Conference in both total kills (388) and kills per set (3.7). She is 16th in the NAIA in total kills and 33rd in kills per set. Smith's .281 attacking percentage is seventh-best in the conference.
    Rio Grande is 16-13 overall this season, including 3-5 in the MSC East Division.
    Taylor averaged 13.6 assists per set while helping the Blue Raiders to wins over University of the Cumberlands and Georgetown College.
    The Louisville native finished with a season-high 58 assists and 15 digs in a 3-1 win over Cumberlands last week. It was her third 50-plus assist match of the season. Taylor added 37 assists in a 3-0 win over Georgetown.
    Taylor leads the MSC and is 10th in the NAIA this season averaging 10.8 assists per set.
Lindsey Wilson is 25-1 overall and leads the MSC West Division with a 9-1 record.
    Yates averaged 5.4 digs per set and amassed a .946 reception percentage last week while helping the Bears to a 2-1 week.
    The Chillicothe, Ohio, sophomore libero finished with a double-digit digs in each of her three matches last week, including 25 digs in a loss to Campbellsville. Yates added five service aces to her week.
    Yates is second in the Mid-South and 42nd in the NAIA averaging 4.8 digs per set this season.
    Shawnee State is 10-20 overall and leads the MSC East Division with a 4-5 record.