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Watts Named ASUN Freshman of the Week

March 23, 2021  Lynchburg, Va.   RSS
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Trinity Watts received her 1st career ASUN Freshman of the Week honor.

Trinity Watts received her 1st career ASUN Freshman of the Week honor.

After leading the Lady Flames to a pair of sweeps over North Alabama this past weekend, Liberty outside hitter Trinity Watts has been named the ASUN Volleyball Freshman of the Week.

A native of Houston, Texas, Watts receives her first ASUN Freshman of the Week honor. She is the second Liberty player this season to be named ASUN Freshman of the Week, joining Julia Mangum (Feb. 16). This is the first time since 2016 that Liberty has had multiple players receive conference freshman of the week honors in the same season. That year, Leah Clayton, Casey Goodwin and Anna Gragg were all named Big South Freshman of the Week.

Watts led the way for the Lady Flames on the attack during their two-match sweep of North Alabama. She averaged 4.67 kills per set, adding 0.83 aces per set, 3.67 digs per set and 0.33 blocks per set.

Watts recorded back-to-back double-doubles on the weekend, beginning with 12 kills and a career-high 12 digs on Friday in a 3-0 sweep. She was at her best in the third set, scoring five kills at a .333 pace and adding six digs. With Liberty leading set three 25-24, Watts sent down the match-clinching kill.

On Saturday, Watts scored a career-high 16 kills at a .333 pace, adding three aces, 10 digs and one block. Similarly to Friday night, set three was her best. She scored seven kills and added two aces. Watts ended the match with a kill, giving Liberty the 27-25 set-three win and 3-0 sweep.

Watts has scored double figures in kills in each of Liberty's last five matches, and nine out of the last 11.

Liberty (5-8) will open the 2021 ASUN Volleyball Championship Saturday at 6 p.m. at defending conference champion Kennesaw State. The winners of this weekend's quarterfinal matchups will compete in semifinals on April 2 in Kennesaw, Ga., with the final taking place the following day.