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McCarty Named Top Performer

September 29, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Senior Chelaine McCarty was one of 11 players in the nation recognized as a Top Performer.

Senior Chelaine McCarty was one of 11 players in the nation recognized as a Top Performer.

For the second consecutive day, Liberty senior middle blocker Chelaine McCarty was recognized for her stellar play this past weekend. McCarty was named a Collegiate Volleyball Update ( Top Performer for the first time in her career.

McCarty (Houston, Ala.), one of 11 players nationally to earn Top Performer honors, was previously named Big South Player of the Week. The Alabama native led the Lady Flames in kills (37), attack percentage (.462) and points scored (45.0) during Liberty's two wins.

She opened her stellar weekend with 15 kills versus Winthrop, five of which came during the decisive fifth set. McCarty was also the only player on either team to hit over .300 in the match, finishing at .355.

McCarty was dominant the following afternoon, during a rematch of the 2008 Big South Championship title contest against Coastal Carolina. She hit .559 with a career-high 22 kills and a season-best eight blocks on the afternoon. McCarty became the first Liberty middle blocker since Becky Rudnick on Nov. 20, 2004 to post at least 20 kills in a match. She also led all players in blocks, including Chanticleer senior Jill Nyhof, who is listed No. 3 nationally in the category.

For the season, McCarty is ranked in the top 10 of three Big South statistical categories. She leads the conference with a .358 attack percentage, is ranked seventh in blocks per set (0.77) and sits 10th in kills per set (2.85).

McCarty and the Lady Flames will travel to Clinton, S.C., Friday at 7 p.m. to battle the Presbyterian Blue Hose. National Player of the Week (Sept. 29): Visnja Djurdjevic, Tulane

Top Performers
Taylor Barnes, Baylor
Ruth Boscaljon, Youngstown State
Visnja Djurdjevic, Tulane
Lauren Felsing, UW Milwaukee
Nikki Fowler, Tennessee
Ashley Mass, Iowa State
Chelaine McCarty, Liberty
Serinity Phillips, Notre Dame
Rebecca Saraceno, UC Santa Barbara
Meredith Schamun, Rice
Whitney Woods, New Mexico State