MONDAY, OCTOBER 04, 2010
Aidan Yeager named A-Sun “Player of the Week”
Senior outside hitter Aidan Yeager has been known for her long frame but her broad shoulders carried the JU volleyball team to a 2-0 week, including a 3-2 win over FGCU, and her first Atlantic Sun Conference “Player of the Week” honors.
In two matches to start A-Sun play, Yeager led the Dolphins with 27 kills, 3.86 kills per set, a .421 (27-3-57) hitting percentage, eight blocks, six service aces and two digs.
“Aidan had an injury plagued season in 2009, so it is just nice to see her back playing at a high level,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “She had an amazing weekend on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball so we’re excited for her efforts to be recognized.”
In the slugfest against FGCU, Yeager paced the squad in the final two sets to finish with a career-high 21 kills, a .426 (21-1-47) hitting percentage and a career-high six service aces. She concluded the weekend with six kills, a .400 (6-2-10) hitting percentage and five blocks in only two sets during a 3-0 win over Stetson.
In her fourth year with the program, Yeager is finding her way into the JU career record books for her abilities at the net.
With two blocks vs. New Mexico on Sept. 18, Yeager surpassed Melissa Merchant (281, 2006-07) for second on the JU career list for blocks assists. She is now 56 shy of Danielle Neville’s (2002-05) program record of 353. She also moved into the top five in total career blocks with 307 and is 10 shy of surpassing Merchant (316) for fourth.
Offensively, Yeager is making her way into the top five in career kills and is 64 kills away from becoming the sixth Dolphin to reach 1,000. She is currently 72 kills away from surpassing Sara Bendorf (1,006 - 2006-08) for fifth on the all-time list.
Yeager currently ranks sixth in the A-Sun with a .300 hitting percentage, tied for second with 0.43 service aces per set and 10th with 2.68 kills per set.
JU will continue A-Sun play this week in Georgia on Friday at 7 p.m. against Kennesaw State.