Nov. 17, 2008
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Playing the final regular-season matches of her career, senior Holly Mauldin (Columbia, S.C./Irmo) played some of her best volleyball, as the USC Upstate volleyball team's setter set a career-high in assists on Friday against ETSU and followed that with a career-high in digs on Saturday against Campbell. For her efforts, the Columbia, S.C., native was awarded the Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday.
Mauldin led Upstate during the week with two double-doubles, bringing her team-leading total on the season to 11. In nine sets during the week, Mauldin averaged 7.78 assists and 3.33 digs while also adding seven kills and three aces, while playing much of the time in a 6-2 setting rotation.
This is the third A-Sun Player of the Week award for the Upstate volleyball program and the second of the season. Sophomore Sandra Campbell (Orlando, Fla./Pilot Point (Texas)) won the award on Sept. 8 of this season and also earned the award on Nov. 5, 2007.
Playing in the final A-Sun matches of her career, she posted a career-high 42 assists and 11 digs in a five-set match with ETSU on Friday. She also notched two aces in the match. On Saturday, while playing in a 6-2 setting rotation for the whole match, she had 28 assists and a career-high 19 digs as the Spartans capped their A-Sun season with a four-set win over Campbell. She also tied a career high with five kills and carried a perfect 1.000 hitting percentage in the match against the Camels.
Mauldin will leave Upstate with her name entrenched in the school's record book, as her 1,910 career assists rank sixth in the career records. With her ace against Campbell on Saturday, she became just the 18th player in school history to record 100 aces in a career and her 670 career digs is 20th in the school record book.
The Spartans (8-21 overall, 4-16 A-Sun) now get set for Mr. Gatti's Provisional Invitational, a six-team tournament featuring Presbyterian, N.C. Central, Winston-Salem State, North Florida and Central Arkansas. The tournament starts at 9 a.m. on Friday and all 12 matches taking place in the Hodge Center, with six on Friday and six on Saturday.