Cerino named Conference USA offensive player of the week

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Western Kentucky's Sophia Cerino was named the Conference USA offensive player of the week Monday.

Over the weekend, the junior pin hitter kept getting better and better. After a quiet .273 hitting clip with four kills, three blocks and two aces in WKU’s sweep of East Tennessee State, the Brentwood, Tenn., turned on the jets. In Friday’s matchup with No. 22 Washington State the lefty was lethal with 11 kills against just one error on 19 swings for a .526 clip in addition to four aces from behind the service line and a pair of blocks.

In the weekend finale, Cerino couldn’t be stopped. She registered a career-high 19 kills on 33 swings for a .485 attack percentage against Northern Illinois to secure herself Tournament MVP honors and help WKU volleyball claim its second-straight tournament title.

Cerino worked at a scorching .460 offensive hitting clip in three weekend matches and registered a kill on 54-percent of her swings. She also added eight blocks and seven service aces across the trio of matches.