MELBOURNE, FL - After recording 74 kills and hitting a blistering .388 in four weekend matches, Florida Southern College volleyball junior Nicole Mattson has been named as the Sunshine State Conference Offensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday.
Mattson, who helped the Moccasins to a 2-2 record at the Terrace Hotel Classic, recorded a career-high-tying 26 kills while hitting an incredible .511 on the attack in a 3-1 win over New Haven on Saturday. She also posted 17 kills against No. 12 Western Washington later that day. On Friday, Mattson had 15 kills in a 3-0 win over pace and 16 against defending national champion No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul.
She also chipped in on the defensive side of the net with 39 digs and six total blocks (three assists, three solo). Dating back to last season's NCAA South Regional, Mattson has recorded a total of 133 kills (19 per match) in her past seven contests, four of which have come against nationally-ranked opponents.
Mattson's Player of the Week award is the first of her career and marks the 25th time in program history that a Moccasin has earned SSC Offensive Player of the Week honors since the conference began the Offensive Player of the Week category in 2004. Kendall Marroti was the last FSC player to earn the honor on Sept. 28, 2015.
Florida Southern will head to Denver this weekend for four matches at the annual Colorado Premier Challenge. The Mocs will face Angelo State and Metro State on Friday, and two opponents yet to be determined on Saturday.