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Oct. 1, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Miami sophomore middle blocker Emani Sims and North Carolina freshman middle blocker Paige Neuenfeldt have been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Volleyball Player and Freshman of the Week, announced by the conference on Monday.
Sims collected 32 kills while hitting .500 in two home wins over the weekend. In a 3-1 win over Duke, the sophomore matched her career high with 18 kills while adding seven blocks at the net. In a three-set sweep of Wake Forest, Sims tallied 14 kills while hitting at a .722 clip, a new career best. A member of the preseason All-ACC Team, Sims made only one error in 18 total attempts against the Deacons.
Neuenfeldt helped the Tar Heels improve to 4-1 in conference play with wins over Clemson and Georgia Tech. The rookie middle blocker posted 1.29 blocks and 1.86 kills per set in the two wins. Against the Tigers, the Birmingham, Mich., native posted her fourth match with double-digit kills on the season with 10. Neuenfeldt added six blocks in the next match as the Tar Heels handed the Yellow Jackets their first sweep of the season. She now ranks second in the conference with 1.37 blocks per set.