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Corbin, Scripko Repeat as Big South Volleyball Weekly Honorees

October 29, 2007  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Four-time Big South Freshman of the Week Nicki Scripko puts down a kill for the final point of Liberty's win over Winthrop.

Four-time Big South Freshman of the Week Nicki Scripko puts down a kill for the final point of Liberty's win over Winthrop.

The Liberty volleyball team, who punctuated a 3-0 week by snapping Winthrop's 63-match Big South winning streak Saturday, boasts both conference award winners for the second-straight week. Setter Kallie Corbin repeated as Big South Conference Choice Hotels Player of the Week, while right-side hitter Nicki Scripko garnered her fourth-consecutive Big South Conference New Balance Freshman of the Week distinction, the league announced today.

Corbin (So., Beaverton, Ore.) is the first player to earn Big South Player of the Week honors in consecutive weeks this season. The sophomore has taken home the award three times so far during the 2007 campaign. Winthrop junior middle blocker Shannon Sitzmann is the only other conference performer with a trio of Big South Player of the Week awards to her credit this year.

For the week, Corbin hit a team-high .429 with 15 kills, 128 assists, four aces, 26 digs and eight blocks. She leads the Big South Conference and ranks No. 49 nationally with 12.48 assists per game on the season. The Oregon native also sits fifth in the conference with 0.37 service aces per game.

Scripko (Fayetteville, N.C.) captured her fourth-straight Big South Freshman of the Week award by hitting .351 with team-high figures in kills (48) and aces (5), along with 28 digs and eight blocks for the week, continuing her stellar play since the start of conference action. Scripko ranks second in the conference with 4.33 kills per game in conference-only matches, and sits fourth in attack percentage (.320) over the same span.

The dynamic duo has helped Liberty record 10-consecutive 3-0 sweeps for the first time in program history, a run which has landed the Lady Flames atop the Big South standings. Liberty, which owns a 20-7 overall mark, is 9-1 in conference play, one-half game ahead of Winthrop.

The Lady Flames' 3-0 week started with a sweep of Norfolk State, Tuesday evening at the Vines Center. Scripko got Liberty off to a fast start, recording nine kills and hitting .900 during the opening stanza. She went on to hit .500 and total a match-high 18 kills against the Spartans. Corbin chipped in at .667, with five kills and 38 assists.

High Point entered the Vines Center on a 10-match winning streak Friday evening, before dropping a 3-0 decision to the Lady Flames. This time around, Corbin helped ignite her team by hitting 1.000 with three kills, 20 assists and five digs during the opening stanza. She finished the contest with her 13th double-double of the year, which consisted of 50 assists and 14 digs. Meanwhile, Scripko paced all players in both kills (16) and digs (15), hit .448 and served up a career-best three aces.

Liberty closed out the week with a bang, handing Winthrop its first conference loss since 2003, in front of a Big South-record 1,583 fans at the Vines Center. Liberty posted the highest attack percentage (.245) by a Big South team against the Eagles, so far this season. Corbin directed the Liberty offense with 40 assists, and also provided five kills, seven digs and four blocks. Scripko led Liberty with 14 kills, to complement 11 digs and six blocks. The freshman came alive in the third and final game, hitting .700 with seven kills, including one for the match's final point.

The Lady Flames, in the midst of their first 20-win season since 2003, will take to the road for a pair of matches this weekend. Liberty will open the trip with a Friday tilt at future Big South member Presbyterian. Match time is scheduled for 7 p.m.