Players of the Month

Junior placekicker Jake Verity (left) and senior middle blocker Toya Osuegbu (right).

The East Carolina University Athletic Department announced its monthly student-athlete awards on Wednesday. Junior placekicker Jake Verity and senior middle blocker Toya Osuegbu have been named the student-athletes for the month of September.

Osuegbu is the leading single-match hitting percentage on the volleyball team, and tallied nine blocks during the team’s match against North Carolina State University (5-9, 0-2 ACC). ECU defeated the Wolfpack 3-2, where Osuegbu was instrumental in the team's upset.

She also had a .833 hitting percentage against North Carolina Central University (2-13, 1-1 MEAC), the best hitting percentage in a single match for an ECU volleyball player.

"I am so proud of Toya and her contribution to ECU. She is our only senior and a captain. She set the school record in September with a .833 hitting percentage and had 9 blocks in our win against NC State,” head coach Julie Torbett said. “Our record during her 4 years is currently 62-49. She is also a Student Athlete Advisory Representative, and the President of ECU's African Student Organization.”

Jake Verity was 8-for-10 on field goals, where he kicked four against the University of William & Mary (2-3, 0-1 CAA). Verity’s career high is four in a game, an accomplishment he first achieved against BYU (2-3, 0-0) in 2017.

Verity has been named to the 2019 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Watch List, one that awards the best place-kicker in the country. He was the American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week last Monday for his efforts against William & Mary.

At this point in his ECU career, Verity is 36-for-48 (75%) for field goals and 67-for-69 (97.1%) for extra points, and is ranked by ESPN as No. 5 in the country for made field goals among FBS kickers.

Both Osuegbu and Verity have had a large impact on each of their respective teams in the month of September and are likely to continue to do so for the remainder of the season.

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