EAST GREENSBORO – North Carolina A&T volleyball collected two more weekly awards this week as freshman Mallory Porcher (6-foot, middle hitter, Orlando, Fla.) was named rookie of the week and sophomore Shaylynn Hall (6-2, middle hitter, Garner, N.C.) was named defensive specialist of the week by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) on Monday.
“We are very happy and proud of Shaylynn and Mallory,” head coach Hal Clifton said. “Both worked very hard last weekend. Mallory put together a really strong performance with attacking and blocking. Shaylynn was really big at the net versus Howard. She blocked them very well and was also very efficient in her attack.”
Porcher earned her first weekly award while Hall secured her third. This is the fourth consecutive week that an Aggie has received a weekly award.
Hall averaged 1.62 blocks in two matches last week and 1.12 kills. She recorded four blocks and two kills in a 3-0 win at Norfolk State Friday night and then recorded nine blocks and seven kills with a .545 hitting percentage at Howard on Sunday.
Porcher averaged 1.29 blocks and recorded six kills last week. She recorded two kills and two blocks against NSU and recorded seven blocks and four kills against HU. Hall and Porcher helped the Aggies record 17 total blocks against Howard to tie for the third-most in a single match by an Aggies team.
Hall leads the MEAC with 1.13 blocks per set. Porcher ranks ninth in the conference with 0.84 blocks per set in MEAC play.
The Aggies have recorded 12 weekly awards this season, the most by a MEAC team this season. Junior setter Edie Brewer leads the team with five weekly awards, followed by Hall with three, sophomore libero Andrea Laboy-Rivera with two, Porcher and freshman setter Addy Warfield with one apiece.
N.C. A&T looks to capture the MEAC Southern Division with a trip to Durham, N.C., to face North Carolina Central Friday at 6 p.m.