Sept. 15, 2003
Kele Eveland was named this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Volleyball Player of the Week after leading the Yellow Jackets to three wins over ranked teams over the weekend for the first time in school history. The senior setter earned Most Valuable Player honors at the US Bank/Arby’s Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., after accumulating 158 assists, 32 digs, 13 kills and four blocks in 11 games.
Against No. 17 Michigan State, Eveland connected on four kills in seven opportunities to finish the match with a .429 hitting percentage. She also posted 46 assists to help the Yellow Jackets finish the match with a weekend high hitting percentage of .455. The Grand Rapids, Mich., native compiled her second double-double of the weekend versus No. 13 Santa Clara as she garnered 47 assists and 11 digs to guide the Yellow Jackets past the Broncos in three games.
Her third double-double of the weekend came in the tournament finale against No. 5 Nebraska. Eveland connected on 65 assists to help Georgia Tech out hit Nebraska .219 to .183 and remain undefeated (8-0) in 2003. On the defensive end, she tallied 11 digs and four total blocks. The win over the Cornhuskers in Lincoln, marked the first regular-season loss at home for Nebraska since the 1999 season.
Eveland and the No. 10 Yellow Jackets are back in action this week as they host No. 24 Wisconsin, Western Carolina and South Florida in the Georgia Tech Invitational, September 19-20, in O’Keefe Gymnasium.
This marks the second time in Eveland’s career she has earned ACC Player of the Week honors.