LEXINGTON, KY - Florida Southern College volleyball senior Nicole Mattson has been named as the Sports Imports/AVCA Division II National Player of the Week, the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced on Tuesday afternoon. Mattson helped lead the Moccasins to a perfect 4-0 record at least weekend's Terrace Hotel Classic, including a win over then No. 4 Ferris State.
She 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 was named as the Sunshine State Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.
Mattson is the third player in program history to earn National Player of the Week honors from the AVCA, and the first since former all-American Anna Tovo accomplished the feat on Nov. 7, 2017. Florida Southern opens SSC play at home on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. against Eckerd.
The AVCA, with its headquarters in Lexington, Ky., is managed by Associations International. The mission of the AVCA is to advance the sport of volleyball with AVCA coaches at the epicenter of leadership, advocacy, and professional development. With a membership of over 7,000 and counting, the AVCA provides a professional network for those individuals and companies dedicated to enhancing and promoting the sport. Members include collegiate, high school, club, youth and Olympic coaches, as well as volleyball club directors. The AVCA provides education to volleyball coaches, recognition of elite players and coaches, promotion of volleyball competitions throughout the world, and networking opportunities for volleyball products and services providers. Further information is available at www.avca.org.