Malone earns SWAC Player of the Week honors
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Junior outside hitter Melodie Malone earned SWAC Offensive Player of the Week honor after helping Southern record its first win of 2015.
Malone, who posted 22 kills in eight games last week, helped Southern University volleyball secure a 3-2 road win over Grambling State Monday night. The Fort Worth, Texas native tied for a game high 16 kills as the Lady Jaguars overcame a 2-1 deficit before winning the final two sets 25-12, 15-5
Alabama State’s Riley MacDonald, Scout Wonsang and Kimeko Bennett join Malone as volleyball players of the week for their outstanding performance in competition from Sept. 16-22.
Offensive Player of the Week
Outside Hitter • 5-6 • Jr. • Fort Worth, Texas
Malone delivered a 16-kill performance against Grambling to lead Southern to its first win of 2015. In two matches, Malone posted 22 kills and a .333 attack percentage as the Jaguars went 1-1. She also added four assists and six digs.
Defensive Player of the Week
Middle Hitter • 6-0 • Sr. • Memphis, Tenn.
Wonsang had a team-best 63 digs, for a 3.71 digs-per-set average in four matches this past week against Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Louisiana Tech, Central Arkansas and South Alabama. Wonsang had 18 digs in the win against Louisiana Tech.
Setter of the Week
Setter • 5-10 • Fr. • Frisco, Texas
MacDonald had a team-high 101 assists, averaging 5.94 assists-per-set, in four matches last week. She tied a career-high with 29 assists against both Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Louisiana Tech. This is MacDonald’s second weekly award after collecting Newcomer of the Week honor on Sept. 9.
Newcomer of the Week
Right Side • 6-2 • Fr. • Hollywood, Fla.
Bennett, collecting her second-straight weekly honor, had 29 kills and 10 blocks in four matches this past week against Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Louisiana Tech, Central Arkansas and South Alabama. Bennett tied a season-high with 12 kills against Texas A&M Corpus Christi.