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Duke’s Sklar Nabs Player of the Week Honors
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Syracuse volleyball freshman Erica Handley, who played a key role in the Orange’s undefeated weekend, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Freshman of the Week – the first such award for the Syracuse volleyball program during its inaugural year of ACC membership. Also earning weekly recognition was Duke sophomore outside hitter Emily Sklar, who took home Player of the Week honors for the second time this season.
Handley nearly had a career day against Clemson on Sunday, finishing one off career bests in assists (55), digs (8) and kills (4) in a four-set match. The 55 assists are tied for sixth in school history for a four-setter and the most since April Quigley’s 57 against Colgate on Oct. 23, 2007. She also matched a personal best with three aces and leads the team with 21 on the season. Handley displayed her astute play-making ability in Syracuse’s second set, as the team notched 21 kills with the freshman setter dishing out an astounding 19 assists. Her 13.75 assists per set in the match is the best match average of Handley’s young career. In the weekend opener against Georgia Tech, Handley handed out 32 assists and matched a career-high with four block assists. For the season, Handley has 13 matches where she has averaged at least 9.00 assists per set.
Sklar powered Duke to a pair of wins over two of the top teams in the ACC in No. 18 Florida State and Miami this past weekend. In Duke’s five-set victory over the Seminoles, Sklar finished two digs shy of her third consecutive double-double, totaling 15 kills and eight digs to go along with three blocks. Saturday versus Miami, the San Jose, Calif., native matched a career-high with 20 kills, hitting a scorching .429 while also adding nine digs to lead Duke to its 18th win of the season. Sklar was outstanding on both offense and defense over the two matches, averaging 4.38 kills per set and 2.12 digs per set. For the season, she leads Duke with 267 kills and has totaled 10 or more kills in 13 consecutive matches.