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Sisters Jade, Sirena Vorster Receive Big South Honors
Liberty's middle-blocking tandem of sisters Jade and Sirena Vorster played a key role in Liberty's 2-0 weekend. For their efforts, the Vorster sisters, hailing from Wellington, Fla., were both honored with weekly honors from the Big South Conference, as announced on Tuesday.
Junior Jade Vorster was named Big South Volleyball Player of the Week, while Sirena Vorster was tabbed Big South Volleyball Freshman of the Week.
The Vorsters were Liberty's top two attackers last week, kills-wise and percentage-wise, helping the Lady Flames remain perfect in conference play, 9-0, with home sweeps over Presbyterian and Winthrop.
Jade Vorster earns her first career Big South Player of the Week award. She was previously voted Big South Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 13. Sirena Vorster receives the first Freshman of the Week honor of her career. She joins teammate Hannah Weidner, who has been named Freshman of the Week three times this season.
During last weekend's matches, the elder Vorster averaged 2.17 kills per set at a .407 pace while posting 1.50 blocks per set. She helped the Lady Flames hold opponents to a .017 hitting percentage over the weekend.
For the season, Jade Vorster is ranked second in the Big South in blocks per set overall (1.22) and in conference play (1.30). Her five solo blocks last week helped her break Loren Thomas' single-season rally-scoring record for solo blocks, at 26.
On Friday against Presbyterian, she recorded five kills (.385) and added six blocks (three solo, three assisted). She helped Liberty outhit PC, .187 to -.061, while factoring in on all but one of the Lady Flames' blocks. During Saturday's match, Jade Vorster contributed eight kills at a .429 pace, along with three blocks, in a 3-0 sweep of Winthrop.
Freshman Sirena Vorster had arguably her best all-around week, leading Liberty with 3.83 kills per set at a .462 pace from the middle hitter position. She also totaled three blocks on the weekend. The freshman entered last week averaging 1.75 kills per set for the season, and more than doubled that output during wins over PC and Winthrop.
For the season, Sirena Vorster leads the team with a .292 attack percentage, averaging 1.95 kills per set overall.
The younger Vorster sent down a career- and match-high 14 kills during Liberty's 3-0 sweep of Presbyterian on Friday, hitting .650. Her .650 hitting percentage was the best by a Lady Flame this season, and the seventh-highest in the program's rally-scoring history. During a 3-0 sweep over Winthrop on Saturday, Vorster scored a match-high nine kills to go along with three blocks.
Liberty (22-5, 9-0 Big South) currently holds a 13-match winning streak, while leading the Big South standings by two matches. The Lady Flames head to Radford to take on the defending conference champion Highlanders on Friday at 7 p.m., at the Dedmon Center.