RICHMOND, Va. – Senior Courtney Hott (Fredericksburg, Va.) has been named the Colonial Athletic Association's Co-Defensive Player of the Week after leading Virginia Commonwealth University to three victories.
A 6-foot-2 middle blocker, Hott averaged 2.31 blocks per set as the Rams topped Wake Forest, UNC Wilmington and Georgia State to clinch a berth in the CAA Tournament. Hott was nearly unstoppable at times, providing 12 blocks against the Seahawks, as well as 11 the following night against Georgia State.
However, the Fredericksburg native's crowning achievement came when she combined on three consecutive blocks to reverse a 24-22 deficit in the fourth set at Wake Forest. The Rams would win the set 26-24 and rallied to take the match 3-2.
In addition to her superior defensive work, Hott also averaged 2.31 kills per set and hit .324. Hott is enjoying a career year in 2011, averaging 1.98 kills and 1.22 blocks, while hitting .306. She ranks third in the league in blocks per set.
Hott's outstanding season also has her within striking distance of VCU's single-season blocks record. She has 129 through 29 matches this season, 28 behind former teammate Kelsie Clegg, who recorded 157 as a junior in 2009.
VCU and Hott have one final home game remaining in 2011 when they host CAA-rival William & Mary on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. The Rams' four seniors, including Hott, will be honored prior to the match.