The Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU.com) is pleased to announce that University of Miami sophomore Emani Sims has been selected as the CVU.com National Player of the Week for Oct. 15 through Oct. 21.
A 5-11 middle blocker from Glenview, Ill., Sims set a school single-match blocking record on Friday in helping the Hurricanes sweep their Clemson/Georgia Tech road trip for the first time in team history.
In the five-set victory at Clemson, Sims put back 16 Tiger attacks, finishing with two solo blocks and 14 block assists in besting the school's previous record of 13 blocks in a match. Additionally, the sophomore added 16 kills and three digs while hitting .353 as she recorded the first double-double of her career.
Sunday at Georgia Tech, Sims again turned in strong numbers. She was without an error — blocking or hitting — in the match, drilling 11 kills on .688 hitting. At the net, the middle continued her dominating defense, tabbing seven more blocks.
For the weekend, Sims averaged 3.38 kills and 2.88 blocks per set while hitting .460 overall. The sophomore earned her second ACC Player of the Week honor for her efforts. She is the third player from Miami to earn the CVU.com weekly honor. The last was Katie Gallagher in 2010.
In addition to the Player of the Week, CVU.com will be announcing selections for the Top Performers from the past week. These selections will include the Player of the Week and up to 10 others. Choices will consist of players who were finalists for the weekly honor and others who had exceptional individual matches. The additional selections will be based on nominations and CVU.com staff criteria.
Editor's Note: This is the ninth in a series of Player-of-the-Week selections that will be made through the remainder of the season and announced on Tuesday or Wednesday of each week.
College and conference SIDs are welcome to make Player-of-the-Week nominations. Nominations are due every Monday by 1 p.m. Pacific time.