Gulley Play Nominated for AVCA Play of the Week

Thursday, October 22, 2009

MACON, Ga. – Senior Chelsey Denesha tallied 18 kills while junior Sabrita Gulley made 17 kills and 11 digs to lead Kennesaw State to one of the biggest wins in program history; a 3-1 win against Belmont in an Atlantic Sun Conference match, Saturday afternoon at the KSU Convocation Center.

Gulley's play from her back and subsequent block in the fourth set of the match earned her a nomination for the AVCA Play of the Week. AVCA member schools have the opportunity to submit up to three plays per week to be voted on by coaches, players, fans and the general public for the chance to be named Volleyball Market/AVCA Play of the Week. If one play defined the effort of Gulley and her teammates in the match, it came with the Owls trailing 20-18 in the fourth set. A KSU attack was blocked back by Belmont, and with the Owls scrambling, Gulley found herself down on the court with the ball coming towards her.

The junior was successful getting the ball back on Belmont's side with a one-handed swipe at the ball, but the Bruins were quickly setting up for an attack. "In my mind the whole time I'm thinking 'If I get up and block this ball, how great would that be?' So I got up as quickly as I could," Gulley said. The only blocker in position, Gulley literally rose to the occasion. The North Chicago, Ill., native blocked the attack from Belmont's Tara Blood straight down into Belmont's side of the court, touching off an explosion of emotion and bringing the Owls back within a point, 20-19.

A top performer for the A-Sun the past week, Gulley tallied 4.18 kills per set, leading the Owls to a 2-1 week in the A-Sun and into sixth place in the conference. On Tuesday against Mercer, Gulley notched a match-high 21 kills to go with 16 digs for her ninth double-double of the season. After leading the Owls with eight kills and 11 digs against Lipscomb Friday night, Gulley notched 17 kills and 11 digs for her 10th double-double of the season Saturday in the Owls' 3-1 win against Belmont. Gulley made 11 kills with just one error over the last two sets as Kennesaw State earned its first win against Belmont in program history. The human services major also collected three total blocks, including two solo blocks, in the win.

The Atlantic Sun Conference is an 11-member league committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun stands for achievement with integrity in both the academic and athletic arenas, with a focus on the balance between the two for our student-athletes. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.