FLORENCE, S.C. – For the second consecutive week, Francis Marion University senior libero Kelsie Deaton has been named the Peach Belt Conference Volleyball Specialist of the Week, this time for the week ending Oct. 24. Overall, it is the third straight week a Patriot player has earned this honor.
Deaton, a native of Martinsville, Ind., averaged 6.87 digs per set in four matches last week, while compiling a .961 reception percentage.
She set a career high with 45 digs in a close five-set loss to Palm Beach Atlantic University on Friday at the Pacer Invitational Tournament. The total was only one dig shy of the school record and was the seventh highest match total in Peach Belt Conference history.
She tallied 26 digs in a victory over Davis & Elkins College and recorded 20 digs against King College. She began the week with a 12-dig performance on the road at UNC Pembroke.
She is now ranked second in the PBC in digs per set at 5.14.
Deaton has 10 matches this season with 20 or more digs, and 27 in her career. For her career, she has 1,768 digs, and has moved up three positions into fourth on the Peach Belt’s all-time list. She is second on the FMU career list behind Jessica Strader (2003-06), who dug up 2,248 balls.
The 14-12 Patriots will travel across Interstate 20 to play at the University of Montevallo on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Deaton is a former All-Conference performer at Martinsville High School, where as a junior she helped lead MHS to the 4A state championship.