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Vorster, Weidner Earn Big South Weekly Awards
Liberty junior middle blocker Jade Vorster and freshman right-side attacker Hannah Weidner have earned Big South weekly awards, for their performance during Liberty's 2-0 week, last week.
Vorster was named Big South Defensive Player of the Week for the first time this season, while Weidner received her third Big South Freshman of the Week honor. Weidner was previously named Freshman of the Week on Sept. 8 and Sept. 15. Vorster is the second Lady Flame to be voted Defensive Player of the Week in 2014, as senior libero Gabrielle Shipe earned the award on Sept. 15.
Hailing from Wellington, Fla., Vorster averaged 1.88 blocks per set while helping Liberty hold opponents to a .168 attack percentage in wins over Campbell and High Point. She also contributed on the attack, averaging 2.12 kills per set at a .324 pace.
Vorster is ranked second in the Big South with 1.23 blocks per set during the season. Her 106 blocks this season are tied for the seventh most in a single season during the program's rally-scoring history (since 2001).
She opened the week by posting her fourth nine-block match of the season, recording nine rejections in a 3-0 sweep of Campbell. Vorster helped the Lady Flames hold Campbell to a .139 attack percentage. The junior middle blocker then added six blocks and a season-high 12 kills as Liberty rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat High Point on Saturday.
A native of Shorewood, Minn., Weidner averaged 2.62 kills per set while hitting .298 during Liberty's 2-0 week. She added seven blocks on the weekend as well.
For the year, Weidner is ranked sixth in the Big South with 3.37 kills per set and seventh with a .291 attack percentage. She has reached double figures in kills in 16 straight matches, and in 21 out of Liberty's first 22 matches this season.
Weidner hit .350 with 10 kills during a 3-0 sweep of Campbell on Friday, and contributed three block assists as Liberty hit a season-high .355 and limited the Camels to a .139 attack percentage. Her 16th straight 10-kill match helped Liberty overcome a 2-0 deficit and defeat High Point, 3-2, on Saturday. She scored 11 kills and added four block assists on the afternoon.
Liberty (17-5, 5-0 Big South) currently holds an eight-match winning streak, while leading the Big South standings. The Lady Flames step outside of conference play for the last time this regular season, hosting William & Mary at 7 p.m., tomorrow in the Vines Center.