Gallagher Named National Player of the Week

Gallagher Named National Player of the Week

Sept. 7, 2010

Coral Gables, Fla. – University of Miami redshirt junior setter Katie Gallagher has been named as this week’s Collegiate Volleyball Update ( National Player of the Week for the week of Aug. 30-Sept. 5.

A day after being named the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Player of the Week, Gallagher picked up her first career national weekly award on Tuesday.

Gallagher, a 5-11 setter from Winter Park, Fla., helped the Hurricanes to a perfect weekend at the Blue Raider Bash hosted by Middle Tennessee State University, and an overall 5-0 record on the week.

To start the week, versus in-state opponent Florida Atlantic, Gallagher guided UM to a .460 team hitting percentage, tossing out 39 assists in the 3-0 sweep of the Owls.

The Hurricanes opened the Blue Raider Bash with a sweep of Auburn, and then went four against Southern Mississippi. In the victory over the Golden Eagles, Gallagher tallied 55 assists as the team hit at a .301 clip for the match. The next match was nearly a triple-double for the junior as she notched seven kills on .583 hitting to go with 49 assists, 11 digs and three blocks as Miami downed Georgia Southern in four sets, 3-1.

Finally, the Hurricanes wrapped up the four-match tournament with a victory against host Middle Tennessee State, in which Gallagher had 47 assists, nine digs and three kills on a .600 attack percentage.

For the week, the redshirt junior setter had 15 kills on .438 hitting, averaged 12.0 assists and 2.28 digs per set, all while adding nine blocks. As a team, the `Canes hit .300 through the five matches.

Gallagher is the second Miami student-athlete to earn National Player of the Week honors, with Lane Carico collecting the honor during the 2009 season.

Miami returns home Sept. 9-10 to host the Hurricane Invitational, welcoming FIU, Bethune-Cookman and San Francisco. UM will open its tournament play against the USF Dons, meeting for the first time since 2008 when the `Canes won the Asics/Coca-Cola Invitational in San Francisco.

The tournament begins with FIU facing Bethune-Cookman at the James L. Knight Sports Complex on the UM campus Fri., Sept. 10, at 3 p.m. UM’s match against San Francisco will begin at 6 p.m.

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