GREENSBORO, N.C. – Senior outside hitter Tamara Otene has been named Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Week after leading No. 13 Georgia Tech (11-1, 2-0 ACC) to a pair of 3-1 victories over Clemson and NC State last week, the league office announced on Monday. The award marks Otene’s first career weekly recognition by the ACC.
Otene was a powerful presence for the Jacket attack over the first week of ACC play, racking up a team-leading 38 kills (4.75 k/s), two aces and an assist on top of her defensive contributions with 28 digs and three blocks. The efforts resulted in her sixth and seventh double doubles this season as she played a key role on both ends.
The New Zealand native opened the week with a personal best as a Jacket of 22 kills at a .300 clip alongside 15 digs, an ace and a block for the first double double against the Tigers. Otene followed with 16 more kills, 13 digs, two blocks and an assist for yet another double double facing the Wolfpack.
Amongst the conference this season, the potent attacker is currently ranked seventh with 3.54 kills per set and eighth in the league with 3.92 points per set. Otene’s 22 kills against the Tigers tied the fourth most in a single match across the ACC as well as the second most through just four sets in the league. The pin’s 23.5 points in the contest tied the third most points in four sets in the conference as well.
Georgia Tech picks up its fourth weekly ACC honor following the fifth week of the season, already tying last season’s total as each were previously awarded to decorated former outside hitter Julia Bergmann.
Georgia Tech will begin a four-match road swing, opening at Virginia Tech on Friday at 4 p.m. in Blacksburg, Va. before wrapping up the weekend at Wake Forest on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Winston-Salem, N.C.
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