GREENSBORO, N.C. - Senior setter Nrithya Sundararaman of the 23rd-ranked University of Miami volleyball team has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. She becomes the fifth different Hurricane to earn the honor, as UM has had a player recognized six times in 13 weeks this season.
"Nrithya had a great weekend to close out her home regular season career," head coach Nicole Lantagne Welch said. "She is a big reason we have been able to have such a balanced attack by spreading the ball around effectively to all of our offensive weapons. She has also improved her blocking this year to help our team's defensive efforts."
Sundararaman, a native of Naperville, Ill., continued her strong season with 11.50 assists per set in two sweeps over the weekend. In addition to 34 assists against Boston College, the setter connected on a season-high five kills in seven attempts to go with seven digs.
Prior to the match versus Maryland, the program honored the lone senior on the roster with a ceremony with her family on the court. Sundararaman then went on to collect nine digs and 35 assists in the match to help the Hurricanes finish the regular season undefeated at home.
Sundararaman ranks third in program history with 2,257 career assists and leads the ACC with 10.68 assists per set this season. She has also excelled in the classroom with a 3.90 GPA as a neurobiology major, being named Capital One Academic All-District earlier this month.
The setter joins junior Taylor Hollins (Oct. 29), sophomore Emani Sims (Oct. 1, Oct. 22), sophomore Alexis Mourning (Oct. 8) and junior Alex Johnson (Sept. 10) as Hurricanes to win ACC Player of the Week this year. Miami has won the award more than any other team in the conference.
"I can't say enough about how much of a team we are this season and every player in our program is contributing to our team success," Lantagne Welch said.
Miami (25-4, 17-2) is currently No. 23 in the ACVA Coaches Poll and will travel to face Florida State for the ACC title Friday at 1 p.m. The match will be broadcast on ESPN3.For all the latest information on Miami Hurricanes volleyball, follow the official Twitter feed, @CanesVB, or "Like Us" on Facebook at facebook.com/MiamiHurricanes.