#ASunVB Weekly Awards: Strausbaugh, McCombs & Creamer

Monday, September 30, 2013

MACON, Ga. - Sammie Strausbaugh is the #ASunVB Player of the Week after leading Jacksonville to a pair of wins and into third place in the A-Sun, while Lipscomb's Bri McCombs is Defensive Player of the Week and Stetson's Tiffany Creamer claims her second straight A-Sun Freshman of the Week honor, the conference office announced Monday.

Strausbaugh, the A-Sun Player of the Week, averaged 3.38 kills per set, hit .333 and averaged 3.38 digs per set for the weekend in which the Dolphins earned wins against Lipscomb and Northern Kentucky. Strausbaugh tallied 27 kills and 27 digs kills in the two conference games, including a double-double of 12 kills and 17 digs versus the Lady Bisons and 15 kills and 10 digs against the Norse. Melville helped the Dolphins move into third place in the conference at 3-1 and 12-2 overall.

McCombs garnered Defensive Player of the Week after recording 33 digs against North Florida and Jacksonville. The sophomore averaged 4.71 digs per set and also contributed a pair of service aces for the weekend as Lipscomb split their matches, falling 3-1 to JU.

Tiffany Creamer earns her second straight Freshman of the Week award, helping the Hatters to a 3-0 mark for the second straight week and into sole possession of first place in the A-Sun at 4-0. She tallied 41 overall kills, (28 in conference matches) and averaged 3.73 kills per set with a hitting percentage of .333. She also added a service ace and averaged .91 digs and .27 blocks per set.

Atlantic Sun Volleyball Player of the Week - Sept. 30
Quick Bio Accomplishments
 Sammie Strausbaugh

• Sophomore
• OH
• Dover, Pa.
• Exercise Science

• Third Career A-Sun Player of the Week honor
• Helped Dolphins into third place in A-Sun with two weekend wins against Lipscomb and Northern Kentucky
• Recorded 27 kills, averaging 3.38 kills per set in the pair of A-Sun matches and posted double-doubles in both wins
• Hit .333 in three matches and also averaged 3.38 digs and 1.00 block per set
• Also contributed five service aces

Stats for the Week: 3.38 Kills/Set, .333 Hitting Pct, 3.38 Digs/Set, 1.00 Block/Set
Next Jacksonville Contest:at Kennesaw State (ESPN3); Oct. 4 (Kennesaw. Ga.)            
Other Nominees: Lauren Ford, Lipscomb; Kayla Weller, Stetson; Cameron McGuire, North Florida; Christine Pinder, FGCU

Atlantic Sun Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week - Sept. 30
Quick Bio Accomplishments
 Bri McCombs

• So.; Libero
• Franklin, Tenn.
• Law Justice and Society

• First Career A-Sun Volleyball weekly award
• Recorded match high in digs with 19 in 3-0 win at North Florida.
• Made 14 digs in 3-1 loss at Jacksonville.
• Averaged 4.71 digs per set
• Contributed a pair of service aces
• Tallied 33 digs for the weekend
• Helped the Lady Bisons got 1-1 in A-Sun play

Stats for the Week: 4.71 Blocks/Set, 33 digs total, two service aces
Next Lipscomb Contest: vs. USC Upstate (ESPN3); Friday, Oct. 4            
Other Nominees: Michelle Kastner, Stetson; Ellen Hawks, Stetson; Cari Whitmire, North Florida; Sammie Strausbaugh, Jacksonville

Atlantic Sun Volleyball Freshman of the Week - Sept. 30
Quick Bio Accomplishments
 Tiffany Creamer

• Freshman
• Outside Hitter
• Newnan, Ga.
• Integrative Health Science

• Second straight A-Sun Volleyball weekly award
• Recorded 41 kills (28 in two A-Sun matches) to average 3.73 kills per set for the week
• Hit .350 in A-Sun matches (.330 in A-sun play) in 3-1 victories against Mercer and Kennesaw State
• Hit .333 for the week and also contributed a service ace, 10 digs and three blocks
• Helped the Hatters to their best start in school history, with the last 4-0 start in A-Sun play in 2002
• Stetson's seven-match winning streak is tied for the longest in school history, and the team's nine-game home court winning streak is a school record.

Stats for the Week: 3.73 kills/set, .333 hit pct (.350) in A-Sun matches
Next Stetson Contest: at FAU (Boca Raton, Fla.); Tues., Oct. 1            
Other Nominees: Kelly Marcinek, Northern Kentucky; Kelly Koop, North Florida; Rachel Miller, Jacksonville
2013 Atlantic Sun Volleyball Weekly Awards
Date Player of the Week (School)
Defensive Player of the Week (School) Freshman of the Week (School)
Sept. 3 Kendall Courtney (Jacksonville) Emily Rochefort (Mercer) Kelly Marcinek (Kennesaw State)
Sept. 9 Jewell Dobson (Lipscomb) Ellen Hawks (Stetson) Taylor Snyder (Northern Kentucky)
Sept. 16 Megan Devine (ETSU) Camille Pedraza (Kennesaw State) Taylor Snyder (Northern Kentucky)
Sept. 23 Kaley Melville (Stetson) Meredith Hardy (ETSU) Tiffany Creamer (Stetson)
Sept. 30 Sammie Strausbaugh (Jacksonville) Bri McCombs (Lipscomb) Tiffany Creamer (Stetson)

About Player of the Week
The following criteria are used by the Atlantic Sun Conference in selecting the A-Sun Players of the Week in each of the conference’s 20 sports. These criteria are used in no specific order and, in its groupings, one does not weigh more than the others:
• Statistics compiled during the week of competition
• The impact of that person’s efforts in meeting the team goals (i.e., game-winning shot, walk-off home run, etc.)
• Magnitude of the contest on the conference and national level (i.e., game meant championship, etc.)
• When individual participates in more than one game per week, how that individual performs in each of those games, effecting team performance goals
• Level of competition faced by each individual
• Each week’s performance will be considered on its own merit
• Other pertinent factors (i.e., career milestones; program, conference and/or national records)