Volleyball Players of the Week: November 7
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Arkansas-Pine Bluff has swept the final weekly player honors of the 2017 Southwestern Athletic Conference volleyball season as outside hitter Lisa Casimie, setter Britney Sahlmann and libero Jade Sanlin were honored by the league for their outstanding performances in competition from Oct. 31 - Nov.6.
Offensive Player of the Week and Newcomer of the Week- Lisa Casimie, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Jr. | 5-11 | OH | Castries, St. Lucia
Casimie put away a combined 53 kills over three matches, averaging a .278 attack percentage over that span. The junior attacker had two matches where she hit better than .400, as she averaged 4.42 kills per set. Versus Southern on Nov. 2, she made 16 kills to go with seven digs, four service aces and four blocks in a five-set loss. She followed that with another 16-kill effort versus Texas Southern, hitting .433 and making six digs as UAPB swept the No. 3 seed Lady Tigers. The Castries, St. Lucia native capped her week with 21 kills and eight digs during a four-set win over Prairie View A&M, hitting .415 in the match.
Defensive Player of the Week – Jade Sanlin, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Sr. | 5-7 | DS | Fairview Heights, Ill.
The Lady Lions’ senior libero posted 66 total digs in three matches as her team went 2-1. Sanlin averaged 5.5 digs per set and had two matches with 20 or more digs. She made 23 digs versus Southern and collected 18 digs and 25 digs, respectively, versus Texas Southern and Prairie View A&M. Sanlin had a spotless ledger in receptions during the team’s wins over the Lady Tigers and Lady Panthers.
Setter of the Week – Britney Sahlmann, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
So. | 5-10 | S | Bryant, Ark.
Sahlmann dished out 130 total assists in three matches, including two matches with 40 or more assists and a 2017 SWAC single-match high 53 assists versus Prairie View A&M on Nov. 6. The Bryant, Ark. native also added 20 digs and three aces. Sahlmann averaged 10.83 assists per set over this span, starting with a 37-assist, seven-dig effort versus Southern on Nov. 2. Against Texas Southern on Nov. 5, Sahlmann served up 40 assists before wrapping up her week with her efforts versus Prairie View A&M