Volleyball Players of the Week: October 17
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Alabama State outside hitter Bayle' Bennett, libero Asha Daniels and middle blocker Payten Clark, and Jackson State setter Sapphire Simpson have been recognized as Southwestern Athletic Conference Volleyball Players of the Week for their standout performances in matches played from Oct. 10-16.
Offensive Player of the Week - Bayle' Bennett, Alabama State
So. | 5-8 | OH | Crete, Ill.
Against one of the nation's better all-around defensive units in Alabama, Bennett put away 15 kills on 33 attempts in the four-set affair versus the Crimson Tide on Oct. 12. Bennett accounted for 16.5 total points and hit at .212 for the match. This is the second Offensive Player of the Week award for the sophomore striker.
Defensive Player of the Week - Asha Daniels, Alabama State
So. | 5-6 | DS/L | Wetumpka, Ala.
Daniels collected her second-straight Defensive Player of the Week award after she led Alabama State with 22 digs in a four-set loss to Alabama on Oct. 12. Daniels averaged 5.25 digs per set. The Wetumpka, Ala. native had no reception or ball-handling errors in the match. With this selection, Daniels has earned three Defensive Player of the Week honors this season, tying her with Alcorn State's Fiapaipai Iosia for the most such nods by one player this season.
Setter of the Week - Sapphire Simpson, Jackson State
Fr. | 5-18 | S/RS | Decatur, Ga.
Simpson had the Lady Tigers' offense humming along in Jackson State's thrilling five-set win at Mississippi Valley on Oct. 12. Simpson set a new SWAC 2017 single-match high in assists, dishing out 51 of them in the match. Simpson averaged 10.2 helpers per set, added one kill on the offensive end and also chipped in defensively with eight digs and a block assist.
Newcomer of the Week - Payten Clark, Alabama State
So. | 6-1 | MB | Baton Rouge, La.
Versus Alabama on Oct. 12, Clark finished the night with 11 kills against the University of Alabama in the lone match of the week for the Lady Hornets. She ended the night hitting .250 on 24 total attacks and added one block, all while scoring 11.5 points in the match. This is the second Newcomer of the Week award for the Baton Rouge native.