Dillard Named Sports Imports/AVCA DI National Player of the Week

Nov. 11, 2014

AVCA Release
Conference USA Release

DENTON - The excitement continues for North Texas volleyball as junior outside hitter Carnae Dillard was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, after impressive performances in sweeps of Rice and TCU this last weekend.

Earlier this week, Dillard was honored by Conference USA with her fourth conference offensive player of the week award of 2014. The junior tallied 44 kills on .288 hitting against high quality opponents, Rice and TCU, averaging 7.33 kills per set. 

"It is a tremendous honor for Carnae to receive this award," head coach Andrew Palileo said. "There are so many great players in the country and to be recognized with this award confirms the type of player she is, along with the team surrounding her. The North Texas community, and especially the athletic department, share in this achievement."

This is the first time a Mean Green student-athlete has garnered Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week honors. In September of 2006, libero Jessica Hulseboch was named the National Player of the Week by The Collegiate Volleyball Update; the last time a North Texas volleyball player was recognized for a national weekly award. Dillard is only the seventh player in C-USA histroy to be recognized for the award.

With the eyes of the NCAA upon Dillard and the Mean Green, North Texas rolls into a crucial clash with Conference USA leader UTSA on Thursday night. With a seven game winning streak on the line, the Mean Green hopes to send the Roadrunners home with their first conference loss of 2014.



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