NEW ORLEANS (SunBeltSports.org) – Troy's Blair Winston earned Sun Belt Conference Volleyball Player of the Week honors, while Arkansas State's Megan Baska set the record for the most SBC Defensive Player of the Week honors in a career with her 10th award, the league office announced Monday.
Winston, a native of Marietta, Ga., was instrumental last weekend as Troy moved to 7-3 in SBC play on the season, tying the school record for SBC wins with five matches still to play. The true freshman recorded her second 20-kill game of the season as she posted 20 against South Alabama. Winston had just four errors for a .340 attack percentage as the Trojans defeated their in-state rival in front of a record 1,647 fans.
The outside-hitter was again on her game against Louisiana-Lafayette, posting 16 kills, despite the Cajuns snapping Troy's six-match home winning streak. On the week, Winston averaged 4.50 kills per set, moving her season average up to 3.88 in conference play, the fourth best mark in the SBC.
The Trojans currently stand in second place in the SBC standings as they travel to South Alabama on Saturday after they play a non-conference match on Tuesday at Florida A&M.
Baska, from Overland, Kans., earned her second SBC Defensive Player of the Week honor this season after she totaled 39 digs over the weekend and averaged 5.57 digs per set. The Red Wolves went 1-1 against No. 19 Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee for the week.
The libero enjoyed a 17 dig performance against the Hilltoppers in a 3-0 loss, and then added 22 digs against the Blue Raiders in a 3-1 victory. The junior now has 1,455 digs for her career and is 42 digs shy of taking over third place on the all-time career digs list at ASU.
In conference matches this season, Baska averages 4.38 digs per set which ranks first in the SBC. She'll look to keep it going this weekend as the Red Wolves host UALR on Sunday in a fight for first-place in the SBC West Division.