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Sept. 26, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Duke junior middle blocker Christiana Gray was named the ACC Volleyball Player of the Week Monday by the Atlantic Coast Conference. Maryland freshman middle blocker Adreene Elliott picked up Freshman of the Week honors.
Gray, a Carmel, Ind. native, helped the Blue Devils to a perfect 2-0 record over the weekend with a sweep of Georgia Tech and a 3-2 victory over Clemson. She compiled 24 kills on 46 attempts and three errors for a .457 hitting percentage and added nine blocks in the two matches. In the win over the Yellow Jackets she went 7-for-14 with no attack errors, and had a career-high 17 kills in the win over Clemson.
After falling behind the Tigers 2-1 and winning the fourth set 25-17 to force a decisive fifth set, Duke defeated Clemson by a 25-23 margin, the second longest fifth set in NCAA history during the rally scoring era. Over the last two sets, Gray went 9-for-11 with no attack errors. Two of her last three kills came with Clemson serving for match point. In the fifth set Gray went 5-for-6 with no attack errors and had her fifth block of the match.
The weekly award is the first of Gray’s career.
The Blue Devils return to action this weekend when they take on No. 21 Miami on Friday and No. 22 Florida State on Sunday, with both matches on the road.
Maryland’s Adreene Elliott, from Winston-Salem, N.C., posted eight kills in three consecutive matches, as the Terrapins went 2-1 over the weekend with wins over Boston College and NC State and a loss to North Carolina. Her 24 kills and only four errors was good for a .435 hitting percentage, and she added eight total blocks. Elliott hit at a .615 clip, a career high, in the loss to North Carolina.
The win over NC State snapped the Wolfpack’s 13-game winning streak, a school record.
Maryland returns to action this weekend when it hosts Virginia on Friday and Virginia Tech on Sunday.