Serrano, Axner and Engelbrecht Earn Final #ASUNVB Weekly Honors

Serrano, Axner and Engelbrecht Earn Final #ASUNVB Weekly Honors


ATLANTA, Ga. -
 Dani Serrano and Dana Axner of FGCU, and Liesl Engelbrecht of Kennesaw State captured the season's final ASUN Conference Volleyball weekly awards, as announced by the league office on Monday.

Dani Serrano earned her first career Player of the Week honor for her stout play at the net last week. The junior middle blocker recorded 25 kills and a .409 hitting percentage in a 2-0 week for FGCU. Defensively, she racked up 10 blocks and became FGCU's all-time leader in the category. This season, she leads the ASUN in blocks/set with a mark of 1.43. In a win over Stetson, which clinched a share of the ASUN Regular Season Title, Serrano notched a career-high with 16 kills.

Serrano is joined in the weekly awards by teammate, Dana Axner. Axner brings home her sixth Freshman of the Week honor, which sets the all-time mark previous held North Florida's Gabby O'Connell. Axner totaled 49 digs and an average of 6.14. In FGCU's victory over Stetson, Axner tallied a career-high 27 digs. This season, she leads the league in digs with 536 and is just 23 digs shy of breaking FGCU's single-season record of 558. 

Liesl Engelbrecht is the final Defensive Player of the Week. The senior middle blocker was dominant at the net last week, totaling 15 blocks. In KSU's win over Lipscomb last week, Engelbrecht tied a program single-season record with 10 block assists. For the season, she has 105 blocks and is just the third Owl ever to record at least 100 blocks in a season. She also chipped in offensively by registering 22 kills. 

ASUN Volleyball Player of the Week - Nov. 12th
Dani Serrano, FGCU
Junior | Middle Blocker | Sanford, Fla. | Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship

- First Career ASUN Player of the Week Award; third this season for FGCU
- Totaled 25 kills and 3.13 kills/set last week for FGCU, including a career-high 16 kills against Stetson
- Defensively, Serrano totaled 10 blocks, becoming the program's all-time leader in the category
- Leads the conference in blocks/set with a mark of 1.43, which also ranks 18th nationally

Other Nominees: Lauren Chastang, Kennesaw State; Victoria Baptista, Liberty; Megan Kuper, Lipscomb; Devyn Wheeler, North Florida.

ASUN Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week - Nov. 12th
Liesl Engelbrecht, Kennesaw State
Senior | Middle Blocker | Duluth, Ga. | Psychology  
- Third Career ASUN Defensive Player of the Week Award; first this season
- Tallied 15 total blocks in two key conference victories for the Owls 
- Engelbrecht recorded 10 block assists in KSU's win over Lipscomb; tying the program single-game record
- Last week averaged 2.14 blocks/set, which is double her season average of 1.07

Other Nominees: Dana Axner, FGCU; Margaret Latchford, Liberty; Lauren Anderson, Lipscomb; Emma Dixon, North Florida.

ASUN Volleyball Freshman of the Week - Nov. 12th
Dana Axner, FGCU
Freshman | Libero | Dublin, Ohio
- Sixth Career ASUN Freshman of the Week Award; breaks Gabby O'Connell's record set in 2016
- Averaged 24.5 digs per match in a 2-0 week for FGCU for the second straight week in a row
- Tallied 27 digs in FGCU's ASUN Regular Season Title clinching win over Stetson
- Now has 536 digs, which leads the ASUN, she is just 23 shy of breaking the FGCU single-season record

Other Nominees: Dani Ballou, Kennesaw State; Lilly Kruse, Liberty; Logan Gish, Lipscomb; Solimar Cestero, North Florida.

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
Oct. 15th: Player: Casey Goodwin, Liberty; Defensive: Dani Serrano, FGCU; Freshman: Dana Axner, FGCU
Oct. 22nd: Player: Quin Sutphin, Kennesaw State; Defensive: Quin Sutphin, Kennesaw State; Freshman: Tori Morris, FGCU
Oct. 29th: Player: Carlyle Nusbaum, Lipscomb; Defensive: Hao Jin, Stetson; Freshman: Lilly Kruse, Liberty
Nov. 5th: Player: Cortney VanLiew, FGCU; Defensive: Daniele Serrano, FGCU; Freshman: Dana Axner, FGCU
Nov. 12th: Player: Dani Serrano, FGCU; Defensive: Liesl Engelbrecht, Kennesaw State; Freshman: Dana Axner, FGCU

 

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