University of Louisville sophomore opposite hitter Aiko Jones have been named ACC Volleyball Player of the Week.
A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Jones shined in Louisville’s sweep of No. 8 Syracuse. The Cardinal had double-digit kills in both contests, highlighted by a .500 hitting percentage on 11 kills in Friday’s 3-0 win. Jones racked up 28 total kills on a .345 hitting percentage while adding nine blocks, six digs and two aces across the two matches.

Aiko Jones had a breakout season last year, earning First Team All-ACC, AVCA All-East Region, AVCA HM All-American honors as well as being named to the NCAA Texas All-Regional Team. In the regular season, she was named to the All-LUV and All-Cardinal Classic teams. She started every set of every match and led the team in kills, and attacks while hitting .258 for the season from the right side. She had a season-high 23 points when she was unstoppable against the No. 2 ranked Longhorns of Texas with 23 which tallied up to .375 hitting (23-5-48) to lead UofL to its first Elite Eight appearance. In all, she was responsible for 460 of the Cardinals’ points. As strong in the classroom as she is on the court, Aiko is a member of the ACC Honor Roll, was named to the ACC All-Academic Team and is a Red and Black Scholar.

The ACC will resume play Wednesday evening with Wake Forest hosting Georgia Tech at 6 p.m. on ACC Network.
2020 ACC Volleyball Players of the Week
Sept. 22 – Ashley Homan, Gr., OH, Virginia Tech
Sept. 29 – Elizaveta Lukianova, OH, Sr., Miami | Polina Shemanova, OH, Jr., Syracuse
Oct. 6 – Charley Niego, OH, Jr., Notre Dame
Oct. 13 – Julia Bergmann, OH, So., Georgia Tech | Aiko Jones, OPP, So., Louisville

2020 ACC Volleyball Freshmen of the Week
Sept. 22 – Madison Morey, DS/L, Virginia
Sept. 29 – Hattie Monson, L, Notre Dame
Oct. 6 – Lindsey Miller, MB, Notre Dame
Oct. 13 – Cate Long, OH, Clemson

Nancy Allison Worley