MACON, Ga. — The Atlantic Sun Conference singled out a pair of East Tennessee State athletes for their play this past week.
Megan Devine, the reigning Atlantic Sun volleyball player of the year, and Ryan Coulter, the 2012 A-Sun goalkeeper of the year, earned weekly awards from the conference.
Kingsport's Devine averaged 5.00 kills per set, hit .324 and averaged 2.69 digs per set for the week that included the Lady Bucs' 3-1 victory over Tennessee in the Lady Vol Classic. The victory was ETSU's first over the Lady Vols in 34 years, and Devine led the way with a .404 hitting percentage in the match.
Devine had a career-high 27 kills against UT, the most in the A-Sun in a four-set match and the second-highest total overall, to earn her third conference player of the week honor.
Coulter recorded a pair of shutouts for the Bucs over the weekend to collect the men's soccer defensive player of the week award.
The senior from Ireland played an integral part in ETSU’s shutout of regionally ranked Memphis on Friday and the Bucs’ 1-0 win over No. 8 UAB on Sunday. He made a total of eight saves in the two games. Entering the weekend, UAB featured the nation’s top-ranked scoring offense, averaging nearly four goals per game through its first three contests.
Coulter, who has recorded shutouts in four of his five starts this season, lowered his goals-against average to a league-best mark of 0.18 and save percentage to an impressive 0.914. The ETSU co-captain moved to third place on the Atlantic Sun all-time list for career shutouts (19).
Coulter and the Bucs (2-1-2) have not allowed a goal in the past four games.