LEXINGTON, Ky. – Despite playing in just two matches in the past seven days, Salisbury University junior Katie Stouffer was named the best player in Division III volleyball last week, being named the National Player of the Week by the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Tuesday afternoon.
Stouffer contributed to a pair of Sea Gull wins, as Salisbury topped Capital Athletic Conference foe Frostburg State University, 3-1, and Alvernia University, 3-0, with both wins coming in a tri-match on Saturday, October 24.
Stouffer hit .616 for the week with 48 kills against just three attack errors on 73 swings. She also registered eight digs and five block assists in the two matches.
In the win against Frostburg State, Stouffer ripped 29 kills, which is tied for the sixth highest single-match total in program history, and it's the highest four-set match total in program history.
This year, the Frederick, Maryland native leads the CAC and ranks fifth in the nation with five kills per set, she also ranks second in the CAC in hitting percentage, hitting .339 for the year.
This is the first National Player of the Week honor for Stouffer and is the fourth time a Sea Gull has won the award, most recently Carley Todd earned the accolade on September 4, 2012.
Stouffer and the Sea Gulls return to action this Wednesday, October 28, hosting Marymount (Va.) University at Maggs Physical Activities Center. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.