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.
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