Nov. 3, 2003
NEW ORLEANS, La. - After posting perhaps the best week of her career, Tulane University volleyball standout Kim Swafford was named Conference USA Player of the Week by the league office Monday.
Swafford, a senior middle blocker from San Diego, averaged 3.44 kills, 1.22 digs and 1.33 blocks in Tulane's 3-0 week, and posted an eye-popping .622 attack percentage for the week with 31 kills and just three errors in 45 swings against Southern, East Carolina and Charlotte.
"This is such a well deserved award for Kim," head coach Betsy Becker said. "She's worked extremely hard throughout her career, and for her to play so well in her final regular-season home weekend was a real treat. Kim has the unique mixture of size and experience and she's really clicking right now.
"Kim is having the type of year we pictured for her and she is reveling in her role. She's been a big part of our team since she got here back in 1999 and she's definitely one of the main reasons that we're 23-4."
The award is the first of her career and the second earned by a Green Wave player in 2003. Swafford is just the fourth person in Tulane history to earn C-USA Player of the Week honors, including fellow middle Deva Fowler who won the honor back on Oct. 20. They mark the first two Green Wave players to claim the award in the same season.
Swafford posted double-digit kill totals in all three matches last week, including an 11-kill, zero-error outing against Southern on Tuesday. She had 10 kills on Friday against East Carolina, and wrapped up the week with a 10-kill, one-error performance on Saturday vs. Charlotte for a season-best .692 attack percentage.
She also made her presence felt at the net with 12 total blocks in the three matches, including five-block outings against Southern and East Carolina. In the East Carolina match, she tallied a career-best nine digs. At the serving strike, Swafford chipped in with five aces, including four against the Lady Jags on Tuesday.
For the season, Swafford leads the team with a .337 attack percentage and is second on the club with 1.16 blocks per game. Those numbers are good enough to rank fourth and seventh in C-USA in the respective categories, and she ranks third on the team with 2.40 kills per contest.
Swafford and the Green Wave return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 5 when they travel to Baton Rouge to take on in-state foe Southern at 7:30 p.m. From there, Tulane plays three straight C-USA road matches to close out the year before beginning play in the conference tournament beginning on Nov. 21 in Fogelman Arena.