Freeman and Hollins Named ACC Co-Players of the Week

Oct. 29, 2012

ACC Players of the Week

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Florida State senior middle blocker Sareea Freeman, Miami junior outside hitter Taylor Hollins, 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.

Freeman was the most consistent performer for the Seminoles as Florida State went 3-0 with three sweeps last week. The native of Fresno, Calif., hit .412 and connected on nine kills as the Seminoles defeated rival and 11th-ranked Florida on Wednesday to snap a 21-match losing streak that dated back to 1994. They then went on to down conference foes Virginia and Virginia Tech over the weekend. In the three matches, Freeman hit .448 with 24 kills and 10 blocks. This is the second honor this season for Freeman, who previously earned recognition on Oct. 8.

Hollins averaged 4.14 kills per set on a .548 hitting percentage with only two errors to help Miami pick up two home sweeps over the weekend. Hollins nearly had a double-double in three sets against Virginia Tech on Friday with 14 kills and nine digs. Against Virginia, she had 11 kills in 17 attempts with no errors for a career-high .647 match hitting percentage. For the season, Hollins  leads the Canes and is eighth in the ACC with 274 kills (3.22/set) and has a team-high 15 double-doubles.

This is the third weekly honor for Neuenfeldt, following recognition on Oct. 1 and Oct. 22. The Birmingham, Mich., native helped the Tar Heels improve to 19-4 and 10-3 in conference play with wins over in-state rivals Duke and Wake Forest. On Friday against the Blue Devils, Neuenfeldt tallied 11 kills and four blocks in a 3-1 win. She followed that with 14 kills and four blocks against Wake Forest, her fourth straight and ninth match overall with double-digit kills.