IRVING, Texas – Charlotte junior Britney Leigh Held has been named Conference USA’s first Setter of the Week as announced by league officials on Tuesday afternoon. Held secures her first Setter of the Week honors after leading the Niners to a 3-1 start to 2014 winning team title honors in the Charlotte Invitational.
“I’m honored for sure,” replied Held in getting the news. “It proves my hitters are putting my balls away and I was really put in the right opportunities to score. I feel like I have a lot of weapons out there and I’m confident in setting all of them.”
Held dished out 160 assists averaging 10.67 per set, hit .382 with 16 kills and added 30 digs to spark a Charlotte offense that contributed to All-Tournament Team honors in the Charlotte Invitational. Held started with 43 helpers in a 3-1 season-opening win over Morgan State while adding 11 digs to go along with her five kills to hit .444. Held aided the Niners 3-0 sweep over UNCG with 33 assists, eight digs, three kills and a service ace before tossing in 39 more assists in a four-set Saturday win over ETSU using 39 assists with three more kills, pair of digs and ace.
To round out the weekend, Held tossed in a season-high 45 assists with five kills to hit .500 popping up nine more digs. The third year setter averaged her 10.67 assists per set while also averaging two digs, 1.37 points and 1.07 kills per set in her setter position.
"We had several players doing great things over the weekend and Britney was definitely one of them,” remarked Head Coach Gokhan Yilmaz. “She is working hard on learning the system we want to play and becoming a great setter for our program. She led our offense to a good hitting percentage and I am confident that she will only get better. We are proud of the way our team competed and played this past weekend. Our coaching staff is trying to find the best lineup and help every individual to improve."
Held and the Niners will host Winthrop on Tuesday before traveling to the Temple Invitational in Philadelphia later this weekend.