Special Report to Blowing Rock News from AppState Sports. By Kelsey Campbell. September 15, 2014. NEW ORLEANS, LA – Appalachian State University volleyball players Emily Corrigan and Paige Brown earned Sun Belt Players of the Week for the third-straight week, as announced by the league office on Monday.
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Corrigan and Brown each had a successful week of play, helping the Mountaineers to a 11-0 season record and their first Sun Belt win of the year. Appalachian found wins over Presbyterian, Georgia State, Radford and Maryland, while taking the title in the Black and Gold Challenge this past weekend.
Corrigan earned Offensive Player of the Week after starting the week off with 25 kills vs. Presbyterian on Tuesday, only committing five errors for a .364 hitting percentage. Corrigan also tallied 12 digs, a service ace and four blocks assists in the three-set win. The outside hitter continued her week with 12 kills against Sun Belt opponent Georgia State, while also recording 12 digs.
On Saturday Corrigan, originally from Johns Creek, Ga., had 15 kills vs. Radford and then 21 kills to help the Mountaineers top Maryland in three sets. Corrigan only had 5 errors in the win over the Terps for a .390 hitting percentage. Corrigan was named the MVP of the tournament for the third time this season.
Corrigan ranks fifth in the nation for kills per set, averaging 5.90 so far this season.
Brown was named Setter of the Week after leading the Mountaineers in assists all week, beginning with 41 assists, a service ace and five digs against Presbyterian. The setter played a huge role in Appalachian’s first Sun Belt win on Friday, assisting 45 kills while adding six digs and two block assists.
On Saturday the Overland Park, Kan. native finished with 37 assists and 13 digs vs. Radford and 41 assists against Maryland. Brown was named to the Black and Gold Challenge all-tournament team.
Brown is the national leader in the assists with 12.72 per set.
The Mountaineers continue conference play on Friday, Sept. 19 when they travel to former Southern Conference foe Georgia Southern for a 7 p.m. match.