Leslee Ball collects second Southern Conference Player of the Week Award of season
Southern Conference Release
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Southern Conference has announced that Chattanooga senior middle blocker Leslee Ball (Sycamore, Ill.) has been named as the Volleyball Player of the Week following her outstanding performance for the week of October 22-28. It is the second time this season that Ball has received this recognition from the conference, collecting her first award for her play during the final week of September.
This past week, Ball was a key contributor as she helped lead the Lady Mocs to two more victories, 3-1 over The Citadel and 3-1 over Georgia Southern, to push their league record to an impressive 10-3 and stay in the hunt for the top seed in the Southern Conference Tournament.
In eight games last week Ball posted 55 kills for an incredible average of 6.88 kills per game and a hitting percentage of .457 with only seven errors in 105 total attack attempts. She also added nine blocks for an average of 1.13 per game and averaged 2.25 digs.
At The Citadel on October 23, Ball pounded a career-high 31 kills, including 27 through the match’s first three games, and hit for an impressive .475 percentage to lead Chattanooga to the 3-1 victory. That kill total was only five shy of tying the Chattanooga single-match record of 36 kills set by Mary Simpson in a match against Western Carolina on November 11, 1988 and the attack percentage was her third highest of the season.
Returning home for a match against Georgia Southern on October 27, Ball continued her hot hitting, drilling 24 kills to go along with 13 digs and four blocks. In that match she averaged 6.00 kills per game and posted a .435 hitting percentage.
Currently ranked third on the Lady Mocs all-time kills list with 1,373 kills, Ball is also among the best in the Southern Conference this season, ranking in the top five in four different categories. She is currently first in total kills with 253, second in kills per game at 5.06, second in points per game with an average of 5.73 and is fourth in hitting percentage with a mark of .336.
Ball also has posted impressive overall marks on the season for the Lady Mocs, leading the team with 4.77 kills and 0.81 blocks per game as well as a .337 hitting percentage. She also contributes 2.23 digs defensively.
Including her previous award for the week of September 24-30, this is the third time this season that a Chattanooga volleyball player has been honored as the Player of the Week. Junior libero Lara Newberry (Chattanooga, Tenn.) shared the award for the week of October 8-14. This has occurred three times for the Lady Mocs with the most recent coming in 2000 when Carol Reedus (1997-2000), Allison Jurasek (2000) and Krouse accomplished the feat. The only other instances were in 1996 and 1997 when Chattanooga had four selections in each season.
According to the Southern Conference Record Book, Ball is now only the third Chattanooga player to garner Player of the Week honors multiple times in her career, and is only the second UTC player to do so in the same season. Rachel Evans (1995-98) collected the award five times from 1996-97, including twice in 1996 and three times in 1997. Kari Krouse (2000-03) garnered the award three separate times in 2000, 2001 and 2003 while Jenny Kulwinski (1996-99) was recognized twice during her career in 1997 and 1999.
Ball and the Lady Mocs will be back in action this evening when they travel to Cullowhee, N.C. for a 7 p.m. match with the Western Carolina Catamounts.