Oct. 19, 2009
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Senior outside hitter Serinity Phillips was named the BIG EAST Volleyball Player of the Week, as announced by the league on Monday. Phillips became the third Irish player to win the honor this season, as senior setter Jamel Nicholas earned the honor last week. Sophomore outside hitter Kristen Dealy earned the award Sept. 14.
Phillips led Notre Dame to wins at Pittsburgh (Oct. 17) and West Virginia (Oct. 18) to improve the team’s BIG EAST record to 7-0. As the league’s lone undefeated team, Notre Dame has won seven straight matches and 10 of its last 11, the longest streak since 2005 when that team rattled off 15 consecutive wins. The Irish did not lose a set this past weekend and four of the team’s league wins have been in three sets.
Phillips made sure there was no letdown one week after recording her 1,000th career kill against Cincinnati (Oct. 10). She had an all-around effort at Pittsburgh by helping Notre Dame to a victory with 11 kills, seven digs and five blocks. It was just the second conference loss for the Panthers this season.
Against West Virginia, Phillips hit .351 while racking up 18 kills and adding five digs and five blocks.
The Valley Center, Calif., native led all BIG EAST players last week with 5.67 points/set. Phillips ranks second in league play with 4.00 kills/set and 4.94 points/set. She is fifth with 1.44 blocks/set.
Notre Dame’s three-match road trip continues Friday (Oct. 23) at DePaul.