By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Caraline Maher of Georgetown (Ky.) has been named the NAIA Volleyball National Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Maher was selected based on her performances from Oct. 21 - 27 and was chosen out of a pool of conference player of the week selections among 23 conferences and independents.
Maher, a 6-foot-0 junior middle hitter from Cincinnati, Ohio, posted four matches of 10-or-more kills in a 4-1 week for the Tigers. She tallied a week-best 16 kills, to go along with six digs and a .433 hitting percentage in a 3-1 win (25-17, 25-18, 17-25, 25-19) against then-No. 13 Bellevue (Neb.) on Oct. 26. In Georgetown's other Top-25 win, Maher finished with 14 kills and a .500 attack percentage in the 3-0 sweep (25-18, 25-21, 25-11) of then-No. 10 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) on the same day. In the only loss of the week to No. 1 Texas at Brownsville on Oct. 25, Maher recorded her 1,000th career kill. Overall, she averaged 3.50 kills, 1.00 digs and totaled 18 blocks (13 assists) in 18 total sets. Maher ranks ninth in the NAIA in hitting percentage (.394).
This is the first Volleyball Player of the Week for Georgetown since Week 3 of the 2009 season.
For a complete list of all the national statistical leaders, click here.
Nominees: Lydie Van Deursen, Columbia (Mo.); Kylie Whaley, Milligan (Tenn.); Guadalupe Garcia, La Sierra (Calif.); Liz Myers, College of Idaho; Monique Morris, Cardinal Stritch (Wis.); Katey Holler, Indiana Wesleyan; Yang Yang, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Joclyn Kirton, Biola (Calif.); Karlie Schut, Northwestern (Iowa); Mercedes Chevis, Dillard (La.); Kamrin Gold, Culver-Stockton (Mo.); Danielle Tombolato, Ashford (Iowa); Crystal Taporco, Friends (Kan.); Allison Rehner, Asbury (Ky.); Beth Walker, Bellevue (Neb.); Alicia Olson, Viterbo (Wis.); Caitlin Pick, Dakota State (S.D.); Vanja Joksic, Texas at Brownsville; Molli Pugh, John Brown (Ark.); Allie Shannon, Coastal Georgia; Adrienne Czaplewski, Warner (Fla.); Amelia Velez, Marygrove (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.)
Week 3 (Sept. 24) - Taylor Degraaf, Cal State San Marcos
Week 4 (Oct. 1) - Kristin Pressley, Oklahoma Baptist
Week 5 (Oct. 8) - Kristin Pressley, Oklahoma Baptist
Week 6 (Oct. 15) - Cailie Johnson, Cornerstone (Mich.)
Week 7 (Oct. 22) - Nicole Gingery, Ottawa (Kan.)
Week 8 (Oct. 29) - Caraline Maher, Georgetown (Ky.)