Oct. 3, 2011
Greensboro, N.C. - Boston College freshman setter Kellie Barnum was named ACC Volleyball Freshman of the Week, announced Monday by the Atlantic Coast Conference. Miami senior outside hitter Lane Carico has been named Player of the Week.
Barnum orchestrated the Boston College offense en route to their first weekend sweep in conference play since the 2007 season with wins over Virginia, 3-1, and Virginia Tech, 3-0. Averaging 12.0 assists per set, the setter helped Boston College hit over 140 points higher than it had been averaging prior to last week's matches.
The Pacific Palisades, Calif. native distributed a career-high 34 assists and went 4-for-6 with no attack errors in the sweep of the Hokies. The setter returned to establish new career-marks of 50 assists, the most for the Eagles this year, and three blocks in the win over the Cavaliers. The win over Virginia is just the second in program history and first over both teams in four seasons.
The weekly award is the first for Boston College since Sept. 4, 2007, when freshman Audrey Eichler was named ACC Player of the Week. The Eagles resume conference play on Friday, Oct. 7 when they hit the road to face Clemson in South Carolina at 7:00 p.m. BC concludes its road trip with a meeting against Georgia Tech on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 1 p.m.
Carico helped Miami extend its winning streak to four matches and its home court winning streak to 10 straight as she registered 5.50 kills per set and 3.67 digs per set in wins over Wake Forest and Duke, respectively. The native of Manhattan Beach, Calif. hit .389 over the weekend and put down a team-high 33 kills against just five errors on 72 swings for the Canes.
She helped Miami sweep Duke and break a three-match losing skid to the Blue Devils, recording the first win over Duke since a 3-0 decision in 2008. Additionally, Carico became the school's all-time leader in kills with 1,495, surpassing Karla Johnson for the top honor. In both matches on the weekend, Carico picked up double-doubles to extend her streak to four and increase her total to nine on the year.
The award is the third of the season for Carico. The Hurricanes return to action on Friday when they take on NC State at 7:00 p.m. in Raleigh, N.C.