SEC Volleyball Players of the Week
SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brittnee Cooper - LSU, MB, Sr., 6-3
Cooper picked up Tiger Classic All-Tournament Team honors as the Tigers defeated La.-Lafayette and Tulane after taking 2008 Final Four participant and No. 6 Nebraska the distance. Cooper connected for 3.91 kills per set on an impressive .551 clip highlighted by a dominant 20-kill performance against No. 6 Nebraska. Cooper joins three-time AVCA All-American Destinee Hooker of Texas as the only players to knock 20 kills and hit over .500 against the Cornhuskers since 1997. The Houston, Texas product followed that up powering home 13 kills and eight blocks in a three-game sweep of La.-Lafayette before capping the weekend with 10 kills against Tulane. For the week, Cooper recorded a kill on 62 percent of the balls she touched and committed only five errors.
SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Elyse Cusack - Florida, L, Sr., 5-8
Named the Most Valuable Player of the 31st Annual Community Bankers Classic, averaging 4.22 digs per set in helping No. 5 Florida to wins against No. 11 Stanford and Pacific en route to the Bankers Classic Championship. Cusack finished the week averaging 4.07 digs per set and 1.21 assists per set, leading the Gators to a 3-0 record on the week and a 5-0 mark on the year. Moved into the SEC's all-time top-five for career digs and now has 1,713 career digs. Cusack became the first player in Florida school history to eclipse the 1,700 career digs mark and has recorded double figures in digs in each of the team's five matches this season, including a season-best 22 digs in helping Florida defeat No. 11 Stanford. She passed for a .978 efficiency during the week's three matches, committing just two reception errors in 91 reception attempts to anchor a steady Florida serve-receive, and had a perfect 1.000 reception percentage in 27 attempts to provide critical stability to Florida's back row in the win against No. 11 Stanford.
SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Amanda Anderson - Arkansas, MB, 6-2
Freshman Amanda Anderson paced Arkansas with a .475 hitting percentage that included 20 kills and only one hitting error, and posted eight blocks at the Virginia Tech Invitational. Anderson was limited in the first match and played only in the first set but still averaged 2.50 pps for the weekend. Anderson did not commit a hitting error in either of the first two matches and was in double-digits with 10 kills in the third match of the weekend. She has had three matches without hitting errors this year. Anderson helped the Razorbacks to a 2-1 runner-up finish.