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Volleyball Suns Pick Up GAC Weekly Honors

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Three members of the Arkansas Tech volleyball team are among the first-ever Great American Conference weekly award winners, which were announced by the league office on Tuesday.

Senior middle blocker Laura Farney (photographed, top left) was named GAC offensive player of the week, senior libero Brennae Benda (photographed, top right) earned GAC co-defensive player of the week honors and sophomore Amber Cerrillos (photographed, bottom middle) picked up the GAC setter of the week award.

Farney, Benda and Cerrillos were recognized for their performance during the Rockhurst Volleyball Classic in Kansas City, Mo., on Friday and Saturday.

Their play helped the Golden Suns win 3-of-4 matches to begin the 2011 volleyball season.

Farney recorded 50 kills and had a hitting percentage of .265 during the Rockhurst Volleyball Classic. She was especially good against the host team, collecting 21 kills against only one attack error in a five-set victory over Rockhurst. She also became just the 13th Golden Sun to reach 1,000 career kills during the classic.

Benda made her own Tech volleyball history in Kansas City. She became Arkansas Tech's all-time leader in career digs, surpassing the old record of 1,409 career digs established by Racheal Urquhart from 2005-08.  Benda made a total of 78 digs over the weekend to increase her career total to 1,475.

Cerrillos made her debut as Tech's starting setter a good one with 155 assists over the weekend. She also led the Golden Suns in service aces (9) during the classic.

Arkansas Tech will return to action on Friday, Sept. 9, and Saturday, Sept. 10, at the University of Alabama in Huntsville Invitational.

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