AIKEN, S.C. - University of South Carolina Aiken volleyball player Samantha Lukralle has been selected as the Days Inn Downtown Aiken USC Aiken Athletic Department Student-Athlete of the Month for October.
During the second month of the Pacers’ 2010 season, Lukralle set two school records while leading USC Aiken’s back row in defense corralling in a team-high 285 digs in 54 sets averaging 5.29 digs per set. Only once during the month did she fail to record double-digit digs after opening the month collecting at least 20 digs in the first six matches.
A sophomore libero from Lindenhurst, N.Y., Lukralle collected a month-high 34 digs in USC Aiken’s 3-2 victory over the Tornado of King College during the Pacer Volleyball Invitational on October 22. The 34 digs were just six shy of her career-high that she set in the final match of the month of September when she collected 40 digs against Augusta State.
During the Pacers’ 3-0 win over Coker College, Lukralle set her first school record of the season as she tallied 10 service aces in the match with the Cobras. Her 10 service aces broke the previous record of nine service aces in a single match that originally set by former Pacer great Roxanna Rivera in 1995 and then matched by Vicki Elliott in 1996.
Over the final weekend of the month, Lukralle continued to control the Pacers’ back row and set her second record of the season, third of her career, during USC Aiken’s home match against PBC No. 1 Flagler College; this time eclipsing her own previous record for most digs in a single season. Lukralle surpassed the previous mark of 523 digs in a single season, a record she set as a freshman last year, and currently has a team-high 552 digs, averaging 4.97 digs per set, heading into USC Aiken’s final two matches of the regular season.
The Days Inn Downtown Aiken USC Aiken Athletic Department Student Athlete of the Month award honors one student-athlete each month from an in-season sport for their hard work and effort.
Each month one winner will be chosen from an in-season sport.
Check www.PacerSports.com throughout the course of the 2010-11 athletic year to learn more about the Days Inn Downtown Aiken USC Aiken Athletic Department Student Athlete of the Month award.