By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Daymari Brito of Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) has been named the NAIA Volleyball National Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Brito was selected based on her performances from Sept. 9 - 15 and was chosen out of a pool of conference player of the week selections among 23 conferences and independents.
Brito, a 6-foot sophomore outside hitter from Yaracui, Venezuela, averaged 5.56 kills per set, 1.78 digs per set and 0.78 services aces per set in a 2-0 week for the Lady Lions. In the 3-1 win (25-18, 23-25, 25-17, 25-15) over visiting Stephens (Mo.) on Sept. 13, Brito compiled a match-high 25 kills and hit for a .478 clip. She added 10 digs and four blocks (one solo). Brito was instrumental in Freed-Hardeman's monumental 3-2 victory (26-24, 22-25, 17-25, 25-19, 15-12) over then-No. 3 Columbia (Mo.) on Sept. 14. She finished with a match-best 25 kills and hit .309. Her fifth service ace in the deciding set was the winning point. Brito ranks second in the NAIA in kills per set (4.6).
The win over Columbia snapped the Cougar's 159-match American Midwest Conference regular-season win streak. That feat is an all-time NAIA record, breaking the 116 done by Houston Baptist.
For a complete list of all the national statistical leaders, click here.
Nominees: Carolyn Evans, Bryan (Tenn.); Kelly Sung, Menlo (Calif.); Lindsay Mangan, Concordia (Ore.); Laura Wills, St. Francis (Ill.); Alicia Carlton, Bethel (Ind.); Abby Nicholas, Montana State-Northern; Jessica Israel, Concordia (Calif.); Mackenzie Scheef, Midland (Neb.); Sabrina Scott, Southern-New Orleans (La.); Vladi Kopanarova, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Taylor DeGraaf, Cal State San Marcos; Morgan Martells, Ashford (Iowa); Ciara Lawson, Friends (Kan.); Nicole Wurstle, Point Park (Pa.); Nadelina Nesheva, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Sunny Bell, Bellevue (Neb.); Alicia Olson, Viterbo (Wis.); Katie Wangberg, Mayville State (N.D.); Susan Tsisiche, Wiley (Texas); Grecia Rivera, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Ellen Lemos, Brenau (Ga.); Nicole Mcinnis, St. Thomas (Fla.); Cailie Johnson, Cornerstone (Mich.).
2013 NAIA Volleyball Players of the Week (complete schedule)
Week 1 (Sept. 10) - Kaitlin Floerchinger, Northwestern (Iowa)
Week 2 (Sept. 17) - Daymari Brito, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)