FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University senior libero Kelsie Deaton has been named the Peach Belt Conference Volleyball Specialist of the Week for the week ending Oct. 17, the second consecutive Patriot to earn that honor.
Deaton, a native of Martinsville, Ind., averaged 5.92 digs per set in three matches last week, while compiling a .957 reception percentage.
She tied a career high with 31 digs in a five-set loss to USC Aiken and followed that the next day with a 25-dig effort against Lander University. She opened the week by digging up 15 balls in a 3-0 sweep of Converse College.
Deaton has seven matches this season with 20 or more digs, and 24 in her career. She is ranked fifth in the PBC in digs per set. For her career, she now has 1,665 digs, seventh-best in PBC history. She is third on the FMU career list only 15 digs behind Jackie Phiel (2004-07).
The 13-9 Patriots travel up Interstate 95 to play at UNC Pembroke in a Peach Belt match on Wednesday at 7 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.