North Texas Earns Two Conference USA Weekly Honors
Chamberlain Named Offensive Player Of The Week, Valerian Tabbed Freshman Of The Week
IRVING - Conference USA announced Monday that two North Texas volleyball players earned Player of the Week honors. Senior middle blocker Amanda Chamberlain was named the league's Offensive Player of the Week, and outside hitter Valerie Valerian was tabbed Freshman of the Week.
It marks the third time in three weeks that at least two Mean Green players made the weekly award list after North Texas had three players honored on Oct. 16 and two selected last Monday. Chamberlain has received Offensive Player of the Week accolades three times this season.
"To never have earned this award, and to now have three, makes me feel like all of the hard work I put in doesn't go unnoticed and it motivates me to become even better for my team in this final stretch," Chamberlain said.
The Mean Green posted a pair of victories against Marshall and Louisiana Tech, improving their C-USA record to 11-1 and clinching at least the second seed in the conference tournament. North Texas hosts No. 25 Western Kentucky in a battle for the first seed at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Chamberlain combined for 31 kills (5.17 per set) at a .609 clip to improve her season hit percentage to .480, the second-best in Division I. She extended her double-digit kill streak to eight matches with 13 kills and no errors against the Thundering Herd and 18 kills against the Lady Techsters. Chamberlain passed Tara Hooser for eighth in school history with 987 career kills.
"I am unbelievably thankful and blessed to be on a team who puts me in a position to win these awards," Chamberlain said. "I couldn't have done it without them."
Valerian helped out in all aspects for the Mean Green, averaging 3.83 points per set. She tallied 18 kills (three per set), two aces, 12 digs and four blocks across all six sets. Valerian posted 10 kills with just two errors on 20 attempts (.400) against Marshall and followed it up with eight kills, two solo blocks and a career-high two aces against LA Tech.
"I'm so grateful to be able to receive this award, but I couldn't have done it without the amazing group of girls around me," Valerian said. "There's still a lot to keep working for this season, and I'm excited to see hard work paying off for us."