Saturday, October 22, 2016

Record-setters Phillips, Perry grab GCAC weekly awards

NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana freshmen Tiffany Phillips andAmanda Perry, who set school records and helped the Gold Nuggets clinch a tie for the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference volleyball regular-season championship, are GCAC award winners for Oct. 10-16. Phillips won her fifth Setter of the Week honor, and Perry is Defender of the Week for the third time.
The Gold Nuggets can win the GCAC title outright Thursday with a victory in a 6 p.m. match at SUNO.
Phillips, from Gardena, Calif., and a graduate of Bishop Montgomery High School, produced 28 assists and 14 digs in a home victory against Dillard and set a XULA season record with her 11th double-double in those categories. Phillips also had a career-high three blocks against Dillard. For the week (two matches), Phillips averaged 7.83 assists and three digs per set.
Perry, from Bolingbrook, Ill., and a graduate of Bolingbrook High School, had 45 digs and averaged 5.63 digs per set. Against Mobile she set the XULA season record of 422 digs. Against Dillard she led the Gold Nuggets with 28 digs and helped XULA set a school team record for digs in a match with 118. Perry was part of a defensive effort which once again shut down Dillard's Corneisja Harrison — .128 hitting percentage vs. XULA after hitting .266 to win GCAC Attacker of the Week for Oct. 3-9.
This is the third time this season that XULA won at least two of the GCAC's three weekly volleyball awards. Phillips is the first XULA volleyball player to win five GCAC weekly awards in a season.

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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