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ASU's Megan Baska named Sun Belt Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week

NEW ORLEANS (Sun Belt) – After leading their teams to big weekend wins, Denver's Faimie Kingsley and Arkansas State's Megan Baska were named the Sun Belt Conference Volleyball Player and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, as announced by the league office on Monday.

Kingsley led the Pioneers in their two matches for the week with 25 kills and a 3.57 kills per set average. The junior middle blocker opened the week with a 10-kill four-block performance against the UNC Golden Bears. Kingsley then finished the week helping the Pioneers make history as they beat No. 19 Colorado State 3-1 for the first program win over a ranked opponent. Kingsley finished with 15 kills and seven blocks. For the week, Kingsley also finished with an impressive .571 hitting percentage. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native earns DU's first player of the week honor this season.

Baska helped ASU go undefeated in its second tournament of the year at the Holiday Inn Express Invitational on the campus of Northwestern State University. Her 25 digs against Central Arkansas was a season-high in matches that have gone just 3-sets, and it ranked her third highest total overall for the year. The sophomore libero provided three of ASU's 19 service aces against Alcorn State, which was the second best ace total ever for an A-State volleyball. The Overland Park, Kan., native's three aces were also her second best total of the year. The Red Wolves have now five straight games and all four of their wins this past week were sweeps. The accolade marks the second time this season that Baska has earned the league's defensive player of the week honor. Baska was the 2010 Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year and earned the conference honor four times last season.

AROUND THE LEAGUE

  • Sun Belt Conference play begins this week on Friday, Sept. 23. 
  • WKU's Jordyn Skinner was named AVCA National Player of the Week and the CVU.com Player of the Week last week.
  • Louisiana-Monroe's Zuzana Markova was named the Global Player of the Week by the American Volleyball Scouting Report. With four triple-doubles in four matches and a tournament MVP award, Markova continued to lead one of the nation's most improved teams. Troy's Natasha Kolunija received Special Mention from AVSR earlier this season.
  • Denver made history on Friday as they beat No. 19 Colorado State 3-1 for their first win in program history over a ranked opponent.
  • Troy has 599 wins in program history, meaning the milestone 600th win could come as early as Tuesday when the Trojans take on Mercer at home. A win over Mercer would also put the Trojans at 10 wins entering conference play for the first time since 2000 when Troy was a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference and entered its first conference match at 11-3.
  • WKU picked up wins over Missouri, American and Villanova to claim the team championship at the American Classic. Melanie Stutsman was named the American Classic Most Valuable player with classmate Ashley Potts and senior Lindsay Williams joining her on the all-tournament team.
  • FIU took home the Towne Place Suites/UCF Challenge tournament crown and junior Jovana Bjelica was name MVP while senior Sabrina Gonzalez and junior Marija Prsa received all-tournament recognition.
  • ASU went 3-0 at the Holiday Inn Express Invitational over the weekend, marking the second time they went undefeated in a tournament this season. They swept all of their opponents in straight sets, the first time A-State had accomplished such a feat since 2009 at the ASU Invitational.
  • The Owls registered their first three wins of the 2011 campaign at the Holiday Inn Invitational, hosted by Bethune-Cookman over the weekend.  Madison Lang and Georgia Robinson were named to the Holiday Inn Invitational All-Tournament Team.
  • With nine non-conference wins on the year, North Texas can tie the 2003 squad for the most non-con wins in the modern era of NT volleyball with 10. That 2003 squad went on to a 22-14 record thanks to All-American and four-time First-Team All-Sun Belt selection Corina Marginas.
  • Arkansas State had 19 service aces as a team against Alcorn State, the second highest total in school history. They missed the all-time mark by three, which was set in 2007 against Centenary. ASU is now 6-0 in matches that have gone just three sets this season.
  • South Alabama setter Katariina Kananen's 42 sets in the match versus the Cardinals were also fifth-highest for a three-set match in school history.
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