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Panthers junior leads team to victories over NC State and Virginia
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Pitt junior middle hitter Amanda Orchard and NC State freshman middle blocker Kaitlyn Kearney have earned this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference volleyball honors, as Orchard was named Player of the Week and Kearney was tabbed Freshman of the Week.
Orchard earns her first Player of the Week award, leading Pitt in hitting percentage on its way to an undefeated weekend. In the two games against NC State and Virginia, Orchard notched 15 kills on 27 attempts with no hitting errors to combine for a .556 hitting average and added seven blocks to give her a perfect 1.00 blocks/set average. With these two performances, she has now reached 20 matches in which she recorded above a .400 hitting percentage or better and is now hitting .430 on the season.
Kearney takes home her third Freshman of the Week award after helping the Wolfpack split a pair of conference matches. The Frisco, Texas, native swatted a match-high 11 kills on Friday at Pitt, finishing the match with a career-best .625 attacking percentage. On Sunday at Notre Dame, Kearney put down 10 kills on 18 attacks with only one error to record a .500 hitting percentage. For the weekend she had 21 kills and tallied a .559 attacking percentage.