Juliana de Barros named Jayhawk Conference volleyball player of the week

Juliana de BarrosBarton Community College volleyball player Juliana Melo de Barros has been named the KJCCC Volleyball Verizon Wireless Co-Player of the Week.  De Barros, a sophomore setter from Sao Paulo, Brazil, recorded another remarkable week for the Lady Cougars directing the offense on the way to dishing out 110 assists, a 10 assist/set average.  A first team member of last year’s Jayhawk West All-Conference team and Barton’s reigning Region VI Championship team, de Barros has been integral in leading the No. 18 ranked Lady Cougars to a 15-6 record on the season including an undefeated 8-0 in conference play.  She shares the honor with Seward County Community College sophomore outside hitter Courtney Geesing.  

De Barros started off the week with her second triple-double of the season with a 10 kill, 10 dig, 55 assist effort against Colby Community College on Monday night.   In addition, her .381 hitting performance and leadership was instrumental in bringing the Lady Cougars back from a two-set deficit to win the match in five sets.

On Wednesday night in Liberal, de Barros had an off night but still delivered 26 assists, drilled 3 aces, collected 4 kills and 2 blocks in Barton’s three set sweep of conference second place and national receiving votes Seward County Community College.   To round off her remarkable week de Barros returned to form on Friday leading Barton to yet another sweep of an opponent by dispatching Garden City, hitting .455 with 29 assists and another 3 aces.

“It’s hard for a setter to get the nod for Player of the Week,” said Head Coach Patrick Hall.  “In truth, Ju should be a candidate every week, as she certainly puts up the numbers, and is clearly instrumental in our success.  Getting another triple/double probably earned her the attention she deserves.  It was nice to see that recognized.”

Barton travels to Dodge City on Wednesday to take on the dangerous Lady Conquistadors in conference play.  The Lady Cougars will then travel to Colorado Springs to play in the Air Force Prep Tournament on Friday and Saturday.   Barton’s next home match is October 12 against Hutchinson Community College in another key conference match.

Released: October 3, 2011

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