Nov. 29, 2010
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn volleyball senior Jonelle Wallace was named the SEC Player of the Week for her performance in the team's 3-2 victory at Georgia on Nov. 24, the league office announced Monday.
"This is such a great honor to earn this award in a conference with a lot of great athletes," Wallace said. "The team had to take care of business in our final match to show the NCAA committee that we were still ready to play in the postseason and I'm happy to have played a role in that."
Wallace led the squad to a come-from-behind, five-set victory at Georgia by recording a career-tying 16 kills on 24 attempts with no errors. She finished the match with a scorching .667 attack percentage and added a dig and two block assists in the victory. Overall, she finished the weekend with a 3.20 kills-per-set average and upped her season attack percentage to .284 overall.
"I'm very proud of Jonelle (Wallace) and happy she received this award," head coach Wade Benson said. "She, like the rest of the team, has put in a lot of hard work this season and I'm thrilled that it is all paying off for her and for them."
Auburn added another milestone to its already successful season as the squad was selected to be one of 64 teams in the 2010 NCAA Volleyball Tournament. The selection marks the first time in the program's history that Auburn has reached the NCAA tournament. The Tigers will face Missouri State (21-9) at 4:30 p.m. in the first round in Lincoln, Neb., Thursday. The other two teams in the sub-regional are host No. 2 Nebraska (27-2) and Sacred Heart (29-6). The two winners will advance to the second round on Friday for a 7 p.m. match.