Clair Named SEC Freshman of the Week

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Nakeyta Clair was named the SEC Freshman of the Week by the league office Monday.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Nakeyta Clair was named the SEC Freshman of the Week by the league office Monday.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Oct. 22, 2012

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss freshman middle blocker Nakeyta Clair had career highs in kills and blocks in a pair of Rebel victories Friday and Saturday, and the Southeastern Conference took notice. After averaging 13.5 kills and 7.5 total blocks, Clair was named SEC Freshman of the Week by the league office Monday.

After playing her best volleyball of the season en route to leading Ole Miss to wins over Missouri and South Carolina, Clair became the first Rebel of the season to be honored by the conference office.

Clair had a then-career high 13 kills, three solo blocks and four block assists in a 3-1 (25-17, 25-21, 19-25, 25-21) victory over Missouri on Friday night. Clair then showed she had more in the tank against South Carolina, recording a new career high of 14 kills, three solo blocks and five block assists in a 3-0 (25-19, 25-12, 25-21) win Sunday.

A native of Country Club Hills, Ill., Clair committed just two errors all weekend, recording 27 kills on 42 attempts for an attacking clip of .595. Her .706 attacking clip on 17 attemps against Missouri is the second highest in program history for a player with 10-19 attempts during the rally scoring era. In addition, Clair’s three solo blocks in each match are season highs, and her five block assists against the Gamecocks tied a season high.

“It was kind of a coming out party for Nakeyta,” Ole Miss head coach Joe Getzin said. “I’m really proud of her performance on the weekend. As our staff and as our team knows, we’ve seen Nakeyta perform day-in and day-out in practice so it was really good to see her execute in a match situation. To hit close to .600 is a phenomenal feat no matter what year you are.”

For the weekend, Clair had a team-high attacking percentage, the second most kills on the team, and her 15 total blocks were nine more than any other player.

Ole Miss returns to action Sunday, with a home match against Auburn (13-8, 4-7 SEC) at 1:30 p.m. CT.

For all Ole Miss volleyball news and information, go to OleMissSports.com, follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissVB and go to Facebook at Ole Miss Volleyball.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Blog
    • Rebels Ahead of Schedule in Year Three

      Thursday, November 20, 2014 - Football

      It's sometimes easy to forget where the Ole Miss football program was just three short years ago, when Hugh Freeze was interviewing for the head coaching position. The Rebels had won just two games in 2011 and had lost 14... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Nov. 10-16, 2014)

      Monday, November 17, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewNov. 10-16, 2014Women's Basketball- The Ole Miss women's basketball team opened up the 2014-15 season with two wins over the weekend. The Rebels took down Grambling 92-67 in the season opener on Friday and followed... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Nov. 16

      Sunday, November 16, 2014 - Athletics

      The Ole Miss football team was off, but it was a busy week in Ole Miss athletics nevertheless, as the men's and women's basketball teams opened their respective seasons. Here are some thoughts and opinions on the week that was:-... read more

    • Getting Healthy, Staying Sharp on the Bye Week

      Friday, November 14, 2014 - Football

      No. 10 Ole Miss was without several starters and regular contributors against Presbyterian, and many others were limited.  But given an extra week of rest, head coach Hugh Freeze said he expects everyone, with the exception of the players out... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 11

      Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 11 - Presbyterian (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Nov. 3-9, 2014)

      Monday, November 10, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewNov. 3-9, 2014Football- Ole Miss took a break from the rugged Southeastern Conference and earned a 48-0 shutout win over Presbyterian on Saturday.- It was the Rebels' first shutout since beating Tulane 39-0 in 2012.-... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House - Nov. 9

      Sunday, November 9, 2014 - Football

      Austin Miller handled all of this week's edition of the Observations from the Best Seat in the House. Check out what he had to say below:- The nation's best scoring defense finally got its first shutout of the season, as... read more

    • Wilkins, Dodson Shine in Blowout Win

      Saturday, November 8, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss racked up the second-most yards in school history, totaling 640 yards, including 402 yards on the ground, in a 48-0 rout of Presbyterian. The Rebels were able to limit the reps for several players in the contest, with... read more

    • Three and Out: Keys to Ole Miss-PC

      Saturday, November 8, 2014 - Football

      Three areas to watch as No. 11 Ole Miss hosts FCS opponent Presbyterian in its final non-conference matchup of the regular season. Execute, Stay Heathy Saturday's game with Presbyterian is more about Ole Miss than its opponent, as the team's... read more

    • Injuries Create Opportunities for Young Players

      Thursday, November 6, 2014 - Football

      With injuries mounting on both sides of the ball, Saturday's game against Presbyterian presents an opportunity for young players and backups to gain experience and make an impression on the coaching staff. Among those injured players, head coach Hugh Freeze... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 10

      Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 10 - Auburn (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Path To Atlanta: A Little Homecookin'

      Monday, November 3, 2014 - Football

      A question we keep hearing is what needs to happen in order for the Rebels to get to the SEC Championship game. It's pretty simple, just cheer for the home team. The lone exception to that notion is Ole Miss'... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 2014)

      Monday, November 3, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewOct. 27-Nov. 2, 2014Football- No. 4 Ole Miss lost a heartbreaker to No. 3 Auburn on Saturday night, 35-31.- In addition to losing the game, the Rebels lost star receiver Laquon Treadwell on what looked... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Nov. 2

      Sunday, November 2, 2014 - Athletics

      In this week's edition of Observations from the Best Seat in the House, Metz Camfield and I teamed up to give you our thoughts and opinions of the week that was in Ole Miss athletics. There's a lot on our... read more

    • Rebels Look to Move on in Face of Adversity

      Saturday, November 1, 2014 - Football

      Dragging an Auburn defender on what initially looked to be a go-ahead touchdown, Laquon Treadwell fought his way toward the end zone, but had his ankle rolled over and fumbled into the end zone. In the moments that followed, the... read more