EAST GREENSBORO (August 27, 2018) – Three North Carolina A&T volleyball players received Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference weekly accolades.
Outside hitter Courteney Pitt (6-foot-1, So., Farmville, N.C.) was named player of the week, middle blocker Lily Walton (6-1, Fr., Charlotte, N.C.) was named rookie of the week and setter/right side hitter Edie Brewer (6-0, So., West Chester, Ohio) earned setter of the week.
The Aggies are off to their best start in 22 years with a 3-0 overall record after defeating Southwestern Athletic Conference foes Alabama A&M, Alabama State and Jackson State in the ISTAP Collegiate Cup Tournament last weekend.
“It is very exciting for our players to win these awards,” said N.C. A&T coach Hal Clifton. “It is nice that they were recognized for their efforts. Courtney did a nice job on offense and played her first matches in the back row. That gave her a lot of experience.”
Pitt averaged 4.0 kills per set in victories over the three SWAC institutions. After racking up a career-high 17 kills in the season opener against Alabama A&M, Pitt added 14 kills and four service aces in a four-set win over four-time defending SWAC champion Alabama State. Pitt ended the weekend with a 17-kill, 11-dig performance hitting .233 in the win over Jackson State.
Walton hit .433 in three matches this past weekend. In addition to averaging 2.67 kills per set, Walton racked up 10 total blocks and eight service aces over the weekend. After opening with an 11-kill, four-ace performance against Alabama A&M, she notched 11 kills and two aces against Alabama State before adding 10 kills, two aces and a combined eight blocks against Jackson State.
“Lily was solid in the middle. She connected well with the setters and was able to score but also put up a solid block,” said Clifton.
Brewer averaged 10.0 assists per set this past weekend including a career-high 46 to go along with 10 digs and nine kills to fall just shy of a triple-double in the season opener against Alabama A&M. Brewer then had a 33-assist, seven-dig performance in the Aggies four-set win over Alabama State before wrapping up the weekend with 41 assists, 10 digs and four blocks versus Jackson State.
“Edie ran the offense so well. She delivered the ball to the right person at the right time. She barely missed a triple-double which says that she can also hit and play defense,” said Clifton.
Walton leads the MEAC with a .433 hitting percentage, ranks third in both service aces (8) and points (3.88), eighth in kills per set (2.67) and ninth in blocks per set (0.83). Brewer is tops in assists averaging 10.0 per set and Pitt ranks tied for first in kills per set (4.00), second in points (4.67) and is tied for fifth in service aces (5).
“Our players know that no one wins these by themselves. We play a team sport,” said Clifton.
N.C. A&T heads to Elon on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. for a matchup against the Phoenix in the Schar Center.
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