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Craycraft Named Big South Player of Week
Following a week during which Liberty volleyball posted two Big South sweeps and claimed control of first place in the conference standings, junior setter Jade Craycraft was named Big South Volleyball Player of the Week.
Craycraft becomes the second Lady Flame to be tabbed Big South Player of the Week this season, as Loren Thomas won the award on Sept. 4. She is the fifth Liberty player honored by the Big South in 2012, as Caroline Douglas and Monica Johnson have both been previously named Freshman of the Week and Gabrielle Shipe has been tabbed Defensive Player of the Week twice.
Craycraft, a native of Wooster, Ohio, had a tremendous all-around week, averaging 12.17 assists, 3.83 digs, 1.33 blocks, 1.33 kills and 0.33 aces per set. On Friday night against Presbyterian College, she recorded 32 assists, eight digs, four blocks, one ace and four kills in a 3-0 sweep of the Blue Hose.
On Saturday, Craycraft dished out 41 assists while adding 15 digs, four blocks, one ace and four kills as Liberty swept Winthrop. Her 41 aces against Winthrop marked a new career high for a three-set match, while her 15 digs were a season and match high. Craycraft has now registered 20 career double-doubles, including a team-best seven this season.
The Lady Flames (17-7, 7-2 Big South) hold a one-match lead over Presbyterian College and Coastal Carolina for first place in the Big South. Liberty plays its next three matches away from Lynchburg, starting on Friday at 7 p.m. when the Lady Flames face Radford at the Dedmon Center.