Kailin Newsome named SLC Offensive Player of the Week

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HAMMOND, La. – After helping the Southeastern Louisiana University volleyball team continue its strong start, junior Kailin Newsome was named the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week Monday.

The two most recent Southland Freshmen of the Year have claimed the league’s first two Offensive Player of the Week honors. Newsome, the 2020 SLC Freshman of the Year, took the award a week after teammate Cicily Hidalgo, the league’s top freshman last season.

Newsome led the Lions with 3.73 kills per set and posted a .348 attack percentage in a 3-1 week for the Lady Lions. The Houston native opened the week with 11 kills in a three-set sweep of Jackson State, before recording a pair of double-doubles versus Tarleton State (15 kills, 13 digs) and Tennessee State (15 kills, 12 digs).

Through seven matches, Newsome and Hidalgo have proven a potent combo. Newsome ranks fourth in the SLC with 3.24 kills per set and sixth in the league with 3.71 points per set.

Southeastern will head to Queens, New York to compete in the Jack Kaiser Volleyball Classic. SLU opens the tournament Friday with a 9 a.m. match versus host St. John’s, before facing Stonehill College at 4 p.m. The Lady Lions take on Bryant to close the tournament Saturday at 10 a.m.

Fans interested in becoming active supporters of the Southeastern volleyball program are encouraged to join the Diggin’ It Club. Lion volleyball alums are encouraged to join the exclusive S Club, which is restricted to Southeastern athletic letter winners.

All membership fees and donations to both the Diggin’ It Club and S Club (volleyball) are available for the exclusive use of the Southeastern volleyball program. Membership information is available by contacting the Lion Athletics Association at laa@southeastern.edu or (985) 549-5091 or visiting www.LionUp.com.

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