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Goodwin Named ASUN Defensive Player of the Week

October 1, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Casey Goodwin (left) was named ASUN Defensive Player of the Week.

Casey Goodwin (left) was named ASUN Defensive Player of the Week.

Liberty junior right-side hitter Casey Goodwin has been honored by the ASUN for the second week in a row, being named ASUN Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week.

A native of Rougemont, N.C., Goodwin was named ASUN Volleyball Player of the Week last week. She is just the second Lady Flame (Jade Vorster, 2014) to be named a conference player of the week and defensive player of the week in the same season. She is Liberty's first defensive player of the week honoree since Margaret Latchford was named Big South Defensive Player of the Week on Nov. 16, 2015. Goodwin joins Loren Thomas (2009-12) as the only two players in program history to be named freshman of the week, defensive player of the week and player of the week at some point in their career.

Goodwin entered the season as the ASUN Fan-Voted Preseason Player of the Year. Last weekend, she helped Liberty remain unbeaten in ASUN play with wins at North Alabama and NJIT. She recorded 1.25 blocks per set and added three service aces. Her defensive prowess helped Liberty hold opponents to a combined .097 attack percentage.

On Friday, Goodwin tied her career high with six block assists in a 3-1 victory at North Alabama. She aided a Liberty defense that posted 10.5 team blocks, holding the Lions to a .057 hitting percentage. Her strong defensive play continued on Sunday at NJIT, as she posted four blocks, eight digs and three service aces during a 3-1 Liberty win in which the Highlanders hit .137. She set the tone in the first set, serving up three straight aces to help Liberty build a big lead. In addition to her defense, she contributed a match-high 15 kills at NJIT.

For the season, Goodwin leads the ASUN with 0.40 aces per set and is tied for the conference lead with 22 total aces.

Liberty (7-10, 4-0 ASUN) remains in a four-way tie for first place in the ASUN standings. The Lady Flames welcome two of the other first-place teams to the Vines Center this weekend, hosting Lipscomb on Friday at 6 p.m. before taking on defending ASUN champion Kennesaw State on Sunday at 1 p.m. Liberty will play a conference-record nine straight home matches in October.