MELBOURNE, FL - After going 4-0 at last weekend's Terrace Hotel Classic, including a win over No. 4 Ferris State, Florida Southern College volleyball swept the weekly Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week awards, the conference office announced on Monday. Nicole Mattson was named as the Offensive Player of the Week while fellow senior Bethany Besancenez earned Setter of the Week accolades. Freshman Tierra Porter earned her first career SSC honors as the Defensive Player of the Week.
The Moccasins are just the second team in the conference to sweep the awards since the Setter of the Week category was added last year. The weekend's victories also included wins against Catawba, West Texas A&M and a Drury squad that entered the week receiving votes in the AVCA Division II Coaches Poll.
Mattson tallied 85 kills (6.07 per set) over the weekend, including back-to-back 27-kill performances against Catawba and West Texas A&M. She also had 17 kills in the win over Ferris State and 14 more against Drury. Mattson was also solid on the defensive side of the ball, with double-digit digs in all four matches. She currently leads the nation in attacks per set (15.29) and ended the weekend just nine kills shy of moving into the top-10 in the FSC record books for career kills. Mattson, a first team all-American and AVCA South Region Player of the Year as a junior, has now won the SSC Offensive Player of the Week award four times in her career.
Besancenez averaged 13.21 assists per set, finishing with 185 total assists as the Mocs improved their home win streak to 20-straight matches dating back to last year. She moved into second place in school history by pushing her career assist total to 4,253. Besancenez finished with 53 assists against Catawba, 50 against West Texas A&M, 47 in the upset of Ferris State, and 35 against Drury. Florida Southern improved its record in the last six Terrace Hotel Classics to 19-3/
Porter had a breakout performance against Drury with 12 total blocks (five solo, seven assists). She finioshed with 28 total blocks over the weekend (2.0 per set) to go along with 21 kills and four digs. Her 12 blocks against Drury were the most for any Moccasin player since 2002, while the five solo blocks were the most in a single match since 2014.
Florida Southern opens SSC action on Tuesday night at home against Eckerd. Start time is set for 7 p.m. at Jenkins Field House, and fans can catch all the action live at FSCMocs.com.