ATLANTA, Ga. - Kennesaw State's Lauren Chastang & Karlee Groover and FGCU's Dana Axner earned this week's ASUN Conference Volleyball awards, as announced by the league office on Monday.
Chastang continues her breakout sophomore campaign, as she earns her third Player of the Week honor. Chastang helped the Owls remain undefeated in ASUN play by taking down previously unbeaten FGCU and Liberty. She recorded 36 kills, 4.50 kills/set, 3.38 digs/set and hit .317 this past week. She posted back-to-back double-doubles, including one of her best performances of the year with 23 kills, 13 kills and hit .372 against Liberty. For the year, Chastang is tied for the league lead in kills with 271 and is fourth in kill/set at 3.61.
Groover, who earns her first-ever Defensive Player of the Week award, stepped up her performance this past week helping Kennesaw State remain as the only unbeaten in the ASUN conference. Last week she totaled 43 digs, which an average of 5.38 digs/set, a full dig above her season average. In a win over previously unbeaten FGCU, Groover tallied a career-high 24 digs. This season, Groover ranks third in the ASUN in total digs with 309 and is fourth in digs/set at 4.12.
Dana Axner's fantastic freshman campaign rolled on this past week, as she earns her third Freshman of the Week honor. She totaled 39 digs and an average of 4.88 digs/set. Axner is just three digs away from entering FGCU's top-20 single-season digs list, and she's just 19 matches into her career. She ranks near the top of the ASUN in digs this season, with 4.60 digs/set (second) 290 total digs (fourth).
ASUN Volleyball Players of the Week - Oct. 8th
Lauren Chastang, Kennesaw State
Senior | Outside Hitter | Overland Park, Kan. | Business
- Third Career ASUN Player of the Week Award; third this season
- Recorded 36 kills and 4.50 kills/set and hit .317 in a 2-0 weekend for the Owls
- Posted back-to-back double-doubles this weekend, including 23 kills and 13 digs against Liberty
- Is tied for the ASUN lead in kills with Carlyle Nusbaum with 271 and ranks fourth in kills/set at 3.61
Other Nominees: Sharonda Pickering, FGCU; Mallory Mattingly, Jacksonville; Casey Goodwin, Liberty; Megan Kuper; Lipscomb; Hao Jin, Stetson
ASUN Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week - Oct. 8th
Karlee Groover, Kennesaw State
Sophomore | Libero/Defensive Specialist | Newnan, Ga.
- First Career ASUN Defensive Player of the Week Award; first this season for KSU
- Tallied 43 digs last week, good enough for 5.38 digs/set, a full dig more than her season average
- Registered a career-high 24 digs in a battle of unbeatens against FGCU on Friday
- Ranks third in the ASUN in total digs with 309 and fourth in digs/set at 4.12
Other Nominees: Dani Serrano, FGCU; Hannah Marchand, Jacksonville; Kailey Macy, Liberty; Lauren Anderson, Lipscomb; Chelcie Spence, Stetson
ASUN Volleyball Freshman of the Week - Oct. 8th
Dana Axner, FGCU
Freshman | Defensive Specialist | Dublin, Ohio
- Third Career ASUN Freshman of the Week Award
- Tallied 39 digs and 4.88 digs/set in a 1-1 week for FGCU
- Is three digs away from moving into the top 20 for single-season digs in program history
- Ranks second in the ASUN in digs/set with a mark of 4.50 and third in total digs with 309
Other Nominees: Natalie Martin, Jacksonville; Bri Brecerra, Kennesaw State; Kailey Macy, Liberty
2018 Season Award Winners
Aug. 27th: Player: Cortney VanLiew, FGCU/Carlyle Nusbaum, Lipscomb; Defensive: Chelcie Spence, Stetson; Freshman: Dana Axner, FGCU
Sept. 4th: Player: Lauren Chastang, Kennesaw State; Defensive: Dani Serrano, FGCU; Freshman: Dana Axner, FGCU
Sept. 10th: Player: Hao Jin, Stetson; Defensive: Dana Axner, FGCU; Freshman: Solimar Cestero, North Florida
Sept. 17th: Player: Lauren Chastang, Kennesaw State; Defensive: Eva Deisa, Stetson; Freshman; Dani Ballou, Kennesaw State
Sept. 24th: Player: Casey Goodwin, Liberty; Defensive: Megan Kuper, Lipscomb; Freshman; Chelsey Lockey, FGCU
Oct. 1st: Player: Carlyle Nusbaum, Lipscomb; Defensive: Casey Goodwin, Liberty; Freshman: Dani Ballou, Kennesaw State
Oct. 8th: Player: Lauren Chastang, Kennesaw State; Defensive: Karlee Groover, Kennesaw State; Freshman: Dana Axner, FGCU