EAST GREENSBORO – For the second consecutive week, North Carolina A&T women’s volleyball team received player of the week and defensive specialist of the week, announced by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, Monday.
Junior Edie Brewer(6-foot, setter/right side, West Chester, Ohio) was named the co-player of the week for the second consecutive week and for the third time this season. She has received six MEAC weekly awards in her career.
Sophomore Andrea Laboy-Rivera(5-5, libero, Coamo, Puerto Rico) was named the defensive specialist of the week for the second time this season and for the third time in her career.
“Both Edie and Andrea had an excellent weekend,” said N.C. A&T coach Hal Clifton said. “We are proud of their performances and steadiness this entire season. Edie barely missed another triple-double Sunday but played great all weekend. Her offense has really started to shine.
“Andrea played excellent defense in both matches. She made some big digs against both teams, which really helped our transition game. We are super proud of both and congratulate them on their recognition.”
The Aggies have received nine weekly awards this season with Brewer leading the way with four followed by Laboy-Rivera and sophomore middle hitter Shaylynn Hall with two each and freshman setter Addy Warfield with one. The nine weekly awards are the most this season in the MEAC as Morgan State has the second most with seven.
In wins over the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats and the Florida A&M Rattlers that improved the Aggies to 6-0 in the MEAC, Brewer averaged 7.12 assists, 3.75 kills, 2.25 digs and 0.88 blocks with a .338 hitting percentage. Laboy-Rivera averaged 6.38 digs to help the Aggies to the first Florida weekend road sweep since 1998.
Brewer started the week with a triple-double in a 3-1 win at Bethune-Cookman Friday night. She recorded a match-high 18 kills, 25 assists
Brewer has five triple-doubles this season, which is the second-most in the NCAA, while the rest of the MEAC has combined for two triple-doubles this season, one by FAMU and one by Howard.
Against FAMU, Brewer recorded a double-double with 12 kills and a match-high 32 assists with seven digs and two blocks to along with a .435 hitting percentage as the Aggies earned their first win in Tallahassee in 21 years.
Laboy-Rivera tied a match-high with 28 digs at BCU and added five assists and recorded a match-high 23 digs at FAMU with two assists.
Brewer is seventh in the conference in assists per set (5.88). She is third in hitting percentage (.287) and eighth in kills per set (2.91). In conference matches only, Brewer is averaging 7.65 assists per set and has an impressive .343 hitting percentage against conference foes. Her blocks per set (1.04) and kills per set (3.08) have also increased in MEAC play.
Laboy-Rivera leads the MEAC with 4.54 digs per set and with 327 digs overall.
The Aggies return home for two matches this weekend with Maryland Eastern Shore Friday at 6 p.m. and Delaware State Sunday at 1 p.m. in Moore Gymnasium.