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Oct. 22, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Miami sophomore middle blocker Emani Sims and North Carolina freshman middle blocker Paige Neuenfeldt have been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Volleyball Players of the Week, announced by the conference on Monday. It is the second weekly honor for both players this season.
Sims collected 27 kills (3.38/set) and 23.0 total blocks (2.88/set) to help lead No. 24 Miami to a road weekend sweep of Clemson and Georgia Tech, the first time the program won both matches on this ACC trip. Against the Tigers, Sims collected a school-record 16.0 total blocks in the match, eclipsing the previous program mark of 13.0. The Glenview, Ill., native had nine kills in the fourth set, totaling a team-high 16 for her first career double-double.
On Sunday against Georgia Tech, Sims tallied 11 kills and seven total blocks in a three-set sweep as the Hurricanes won their eighth straight match. She did not commit an error in 16 attempts for a hitting percentage of .688. She hit at a clip of .460 for the weekend. For the season, she leads the first-place Hurricanes with 103 total blocks (1.36/set).
Neuenfeldt helped North Carolina defeat Maryland and Boston College as the Tar Heels improved to 17-4 and 8-3 in conference play. In the two matches, she posted 27 kills (3.89/set) with only six errors for a .389 hitting percentage and added 11 blocks (1.57/set). The Birmingham, Mich., native recorded double digits in blocks in both matches, the seventh time in her rookie campaign that she has reached that mark.