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Shipe Named ECAC Libero of Week
Liberty senior Gabrielle Shipe was named the ECAC Division I Libero of the Week, today. This comes two days after she was tabbed the Big South Defensive Player of the Week.
Shipe, a native of Orlando, Fla., is the third player in program history to earn ECAC weekly honors. Lillie Happel was named ECAC Player of the Week on Sept. 13, 2012, while Jade Craycraft was voted Player of the Week on Oct. 10, 2013.
In the 75 years since its inception, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has emerged as the nation's largest conference. The ECAC has grown considerably from its charter membership of 58, currently boasting over 300 member schools in Divisions I, II and III, ranging in location from Maine to North Carolina.
Shipe averaged 4.50 digs per set and 0.45 aces per set during Liberty's 4-1 week. She was named to the Brown Invitational All-Tournament team, averaging 4.62 digs per set and 0.44 aces per set during four matches at Brown.
The senior libero opened the week with 16 digs and two aces at Georgetown. She then recorded her second 20-dig match of the season, collecting a match-high 21 digs versus Central Connecticut. Shipe totaled a match-high 19 digs to go with two aces, as Liberty downed tournament host Brown, 3-1. She led Liberty with 15 digs and a season-high three aces during a 3-1 victory over UMass-Lowell on Saturday, and paced all players with 19 digs when Liberty swept Fairfield to end the tournament.
For the season, Shipe leads the Lady Flames and ranks seventh in the Big South with 4.32 digs per set. She has also vaulted up the Liberty all-time digs list, reaching eighth overall with 1,382 career digs.
The Lady Flames (9-4) will travel to Nashville this week to compete at the Bruin Classic, hosted by Belmont on Friday and Saturday. Liberty opens the tournament with a 5 p.m. match against Northern Kentucky on Friday. The Lady Flames will then face Wright State and Belmont, Saturday.