Juliana Melo de Barros again named national and conference volleyball player of the week

For the second consecutive week Barton Community College volleyball player Juliana Melo de Barros has been named the NJCAA and KJCCC Volleyball Verizon Wireless Player of the Week.  De Barros, a sophomore setter from Sao Paulo, Brazil, was also selected as the National Player of the Week last week.  De Barros continues to post remarkable numbers for the Cougars, directing the offense on the way to dishing out 158 assists, a 9.8 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. 19 ranked Lady Cougars to a 20-7 record on the season including an undefeated 9-0 in conference play. 

De Barros started off the week with her third triple-double of the season with an 8 kill, 12 dig, 27 assist, and .545 hitting percentage in the Lady Cougars’ sweep of Dodge City Community College on Monday night.

This past weekend Barton travelled to Colorado Springs for the Air Force Prep Tournament, where de Barros racked up another double/double with 16 digs and 44 assists in a four set loss to New Mexico Military.  It would be the only loss of the weekend, as Barton swept their remaining four matches.

In other matches over the weekend de Barros recorded yet another double/double against Air Force Prep, with 11 kills and 23 assists.  She followed that with an 8 kill, 9 dig, 33 assist effort against Yavapai College, then capped the weekend with 6 digs and 31 assists against Dodge City.  De Barros also recorded 12 aces on the week.

“Ju continues to demonstrate why she’s one of the premier setters in the nation,” said Head Coach Patrick Hall.  “She’s not just delivering great sets, but also producing kills, serving aces, and playing incredible defense.”

Barton returns to conference play on Wednesday, October 12, against Hutchinson Community College at the Barton Gym.  Match time is 6:30 p.m. and will be broadcast via the internet available through the Barton Sports website.

Released:  October 12, 2011

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