Week #1 Winner
Mississippi State University
Head Coach - Jenny Hazelwood
With over 10,000 votes cast in its first week of the 2010 season, the Volleyball Market/AVCA Play of the Week has been awarded to the Mississippi State University volleyball team. The Bulldogs earned the honor after beating the other two semifinalists -Francis Marion University and the University of Oklahoma - during a week-long voting period.
The award-winning play came during Mississippi State's home match against Sun Belt Conference foe University of Arkansas-Little Rock on August 27. The intense 15-second battle features an equal amount of hustling from both sides of the net, but the Bulldogs push through with an extra effort and take over the play. After the Mississippi State libero mishandles an attack from the Arkansas-Little Rock back-row, middle blocker Paris Perret saves the ball and sends it back over the net to the Trojans. Perret then wins the play for the Bulldogs with a strong block, rejecting the UALR attack attempt and giving the ball back to Mississippi State. The Bulldogs went on to win the match with a sweep, giving the squad their first win of the season.
The play, which can be viewed on the AVCA's YouTube channel by clicking here, will now join the upcoming weeks' finalists in becoming eligible for the Volleyball Market/AVCA Play of the Year, to be announced at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet on Friday, Dec. 17, at the AVCA Convention in Kansas City, Mo.
About Volleyball Market/AVCA Play of the Week
For the second season in 2010, AVCA member schools will have the opportunity to submit up to three (3) plays per week to be voted on by coaches, players, fans and the general public for the chance to be named Volleyball Market/AVCA Play of the Week. Deadline for video submission will be Tuesdays at 11:00 am (ET) for plays from the previous week (Monday-Sunday). The submitted plays for each week will be narrowed down to five, and those five will be posted to the AVCA Web site on Thursday to be voted on. Voting will take place on the AVCA Web site and will run through the following Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. (ET). The Volleyball Market/AVCA Play of the Week will then be announced via press release the following day. For more information on the Volleyball Market/AVCA Play of the Week, visit the AVCA Web Site.
About Volleyball Market
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