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Stephens’ ace pitcher Whitfield, Habersham volleyball standout Shalikashvili named Players of the Week

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Our non-football Players of the Week are Emma Whitfield for Stephens County softball and Alexandra Shalikashvili for Habersham Central volleyball.

EMMA WHITFIELD

Emma Whitfield - Stephens

Tall Ads - ACEFor Whitfield, it’s her second Player of the Week award in her career, and she is a one-time Player of the Year as well. The Clemson commit is off to another great start in her senior 2018 season.

She’s 2-1 overall with a 0.53 ERA and 51 strikeouts in just 26.1 innings of work. In her recent outing against North Oconee, Whitfield threw a complete game shutout, striking out 14 batters.

If there’s a weak spot for her, it’s her hitting at the moment. As her coach, Dave Poffenberger explains, she wasn’t getting a chance to hit during travel ball all summer. She’s hitting just .167 with 2 RBI and a double. But it’s early, and the pitching is where she concentrates most anyway, and that part of her game is as good or better than ever!

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ALEXANDRA SHALIKASHVILI

Alexandra Shalikashvili - Habersham

Crump Tall GIF 2018The third Shalikashvili to play for head coach Lindsay Herrin, Alexandra has been excellent so far.

Through a handful of games, she’s serving at 96.3% with 8 aces and 100% accuracy.

Shalikashvili, a junior outside hitter, also has 11 digs to her credit and 39 kills (13/match). Her .416 hit percentage is also one of the best in our area at this point in the season.

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