Oct. 17, 2011
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Junior middle blocker Sareea Freeman's quality performances in last weekend's 3-0 sweeps over Georgia Tech and Clemson led her to being named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week, announced today by the ACC.
The Fresno, Calif., native helped the Seminoles remain unbeaten within the conference after leading the team with 14 total blocks in the two-match stretch. Freeman, who has recorded at least seven blocks in her last four matches, is second on FSU with 82 blocks and 1.30 blocks per set. She has also become a worthy go-to option on offense, posting a .300 hitting percentage and 1.60 kills per set through FSU's first 19 matches.
Against the Yellow Jackets, Freeman contributed with four kills and seven blocks. She followed with an even better performance versus the Tigers, garnering 10 kills and a .571 hitting percentage while adding seven blocks. Her seven blocks in each match tie her season high for the most in a three-set match.
In one of her recent matches at N.C. State on Oct. 9, Freeman made a great impact when she recorded season highs of 12 kills and nine blocks in a 3-2 FSU victory.
The Seminoles, who moved up to 19th in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association Poll and boast a league-leading 9-0 conference record, have been guided by the strong blocking of Freeman and fellow middle blocker Ashley Neff. FSU is averaging 3.15 blocks per set as a unit, which was ranked third nationally according to the latest NCAA statistics released last week.
Freeman is the second FSU volleyball student-athlete to earn ACC Player of the Week honors this season. Sophomore right-side hitter Elise Walch earned a co-player of the week award on Sept. 18.