Casey Goodwin (middle) was named ASUN Volleyball Player of the Week.
Official ASUN Release After a dominant performance during a pair of sweeps to open ASUN play, Liberty junior right-side hitter Casey Goodwin has been named ASUN Volleyball Player of the Week.
A native of Rougemont, N.C., Goodwin is the first Lady Flame to receive a weekly award from the ASUN during their first year in the conference. The last Liberty player to win conference player of the week honors was Leah Clayton, who was named Big South Player of the Week on Oct. 3, 2016.
Goodwin entered the season as the ASUN Fan-Voted Preseason Player of the Year. This past weekend, she had the best weekend of any Lady Flame so far this season. Playing all six rotations as a right-side hitter, she averaged 4.83 kills per set (.500), adding 0.83 aces per set and 1.17 blocks per set, good for a 6.3 points-per-set average. She helped Liberty sweep both North Florida and Jacksonville on the road to open ASUN play 2-0, outhitting opponents a combined .349-.118.
On Friday at North Florida, she led all players with 16 kills, hitting .379, while adding two aces, seven digs and two block assists. Goodwin took over with Liberty trailing, 23-20, in set three. She scored a kill and then served the final four points, including two aces.
During Saturday's 3-0 sweep at Jacksonville, she had another great night, with 13 kills at a .684 pace, three aces, six digs and a season-high-tying five blocks. Her .684 hitting percentage is tied for the fifth highest in any single match in the program's rally-scoring history, while she helped Liberty outhit JU, .387-.115.
For the season, Goodwin leads the ASUN with 0.40 aces per set and is tied for the conference lead with 19 total aces.
Liberty (5-10, 2-0 ASUN), in a four-way tie atop the league standings, will play two more matches on the road next weekend, competing at fellow ASUN newcomer North Alabama on Friday at 8 p.m. ET before playing at NJIT on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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