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Clayton Named Big South Freshman of the Week

October 24, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Lea Clayton was named Big South Freshman of the Week for the second time this season.

Lea Clayton was named Big South Freshman of the Week for the second time this season.

Liberty volleyball received weekly honors for the fourth week in a row, as outside hitter Leah Clayton was named Big South Freshman of the Week on Monday.

This is Clayton's second Big South Freshman of the Week award, as she was also honored on Oct. 10. Additionally, Clayton was named Big South Player of the Week on Oct. 3.

Last Monday, Anna Gragg received her second Freshman of the Week honor, while Casey Goodwin was voted Freshman of the Week on Sept. 12. This marks the first time in conference history that two players from the same school have been named Big South Freshman of the Week multiple times in the same season.

A native of Danville, Va., Clayton helped keep Liberty's eight-match winning streak alive, averaging 4.78 kills and 5.22 points per set in wins at Winthrop and Gardner-Webb. She recorded 20 or more kills in both matches, making her the first freshman in the program's rally-scoring history with three straight 20-kill matches.

She registered her fifth double-double in a row on Friday at Winthrop, posting a match-high 22 kills and 10 digs. Clayton scored seven kills in a 25-18 set-three victory to break a 1-1 match tie. Then, on Saturday, she totaled 21 kills, six digs and five blocks in a 3-2 win at Gardner-Webb. She played her best volleyball down the stretch, scoring six kills in set five, which Liberty won, 21-19.

During Big South play, Clayton is ranked second in the Big South with 4.12 kills per set and 4.59 points per set.

Clayton and the Lady Flames (13-9, 8-2 Big South) return home for a key conference match against Big South-leading Radford (18-4, 9-1), tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Vines Center. Tomorrow's match begins a stretch where five out of Liberty's last six regular-season matches are at home.