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