#ASunVB Countdown - Top Returning Leaders in Blocks

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

MACON, Ga. - The 2013 Atlantic Sun Volleyball season begins on Friday, Aug. 30th, and as a preview the A-Sun is taking a look at some of the top returning student-athletes in the conference.

Today, the spotlight focuses on the top returning leaders in blocks.

Topping the list is ETSU's Meredith Hardy, a 2012 First-Team All-Atlantic Sun selection and All-Tournament Team member who led the A-Sun last season with an average of 1.45 blocks per set. A Preseason All-Atlantic Sun choice by the coaches, Hardy also set the A-Sun record for blocks in an overall season (201), blocks in a conference season (113), and overall average for a season (1.45).

She finished 2012 ranked 17th nationally in blocks and was one of only three players to total double-digit blocks in a match, which she did five times including the A-Sun season high of 12. Entering 2013 Hardy is first among active career leaders in blocks with 290.

Second in the ranking is Florida Gulf Coast's Olivia Mesner, who ranked second in blocks last season averaging 1.02 per set. She tied Hardy with the second-highest total of blocks in a three-set match (9) against FIU, just missing double-digits.

Jacksonville's Kylie Jacob averaged one block per set to rank third. Jacob tallied her season-best total of nine blocks twice in 2012, both times in conference play. Jacob is also among the top in active career leaders entering 2013, ranking third with 262 career blocks.

Another Buccaneer, Khadija Wiley, tallied 115 blocks (.97/set) to join Hardy on the list. Wiley recorded her season-best of eight blocks in a five-set thriller against SEC foe South Carolina.

Stetson senior Ellen Hawks averaged .93 blocks per set in 2012 to round out the top five. Entering 2013, Hawks is second among career active blockers with 279, trailing only Hardy. Hawks tallied a 2012 season and team high of nine blocks against ETSU on Sept. 29, 2012.

#1 for Blocks
Quick Bio
Name: Meredith Hardy
School: ETSU
Year: Junior
Position: Middle Blocker
Hometown: Kingsport, Tenn.
Previous School: Dobyns-Bennett     

2012 Blocks/Set: 1.45 Total Blocks: 201

#2 for Blocks
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Name:Olivia Mesner
School:Florida Gulf Coast
Year: Junior
Position: Middle Blocker
Hometown: Boca Raton, Fla.
Previous School: Spanish River 

2012 Blocks/Set: 11.28 Total Blocks: 1376

#3 for Blocks
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Name: Kylie Jacob
School: Jacksonville
Year: Senior
Position: Middle Blocker
Hometown: Fayetteville, Ga.
Previous School: Starrs Mill        

2012 Blocks/Set: 1.00 Total Blocks: 117

#4 for Blocks
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Name: Khadija Wiley
School: ETSU
Year: Sophomore
Position: Middle Blocker
Hometown: Columbus, Ga.
Previous School: Columbus  

2012 Blocks/Set: .97 Total Blocks: 115

#5 for Blocks
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Name: Ellen Hawks
School: Stetson
Year: Senior
Position: Middle Blocker
Hometown: Austin, Tex.
Previous School: Westwood       

2012 Blocks/Set: .93 Total Blocks: 115