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Megan Baska & Mallory Warrington earn Sun Belt volleyball honors

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NEW ORLEANS (SunBeltSports.org) – The Sun Belt Conference announced the final volleyball weekly awards of the season as teams prepare to travel to Troy, Ala., for the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Volleyball Championship beginning on Thursday.
 
WKU redshirt senior Paige Wessel earned her first Offensive Player of the Week honor this season while Arkansas State senior Megan Baska earned her second Defensive Player of the Week award. UL-Lafayette junior Andrea Hole won the Setter of the Week award and Arkansas State's Mallory Warrington took home the Freshman of the Week honor, her second-straight week earning a weekly award.
 
Wessel led WKU to a 3-0 week and the Sun Belt Conference regular-season title last week. She helped WKU hit .329, as she led the offense with a .615 hitting mark with 36 kills. Wessel tallied 3.27 kills per set and also led the team with four service aces. She hit a career-high .846 in a win over Georgia State to go along with 3.67 kills per set. Wessel notched 17 kills in a five-set win over the Jaguars and she put up eight kills and two aces in the Senior Day match versus Troy, a 3-0 win.
 
Arkansas State senior Megan Baska continues to lead the Red Wolves in digs for the season and led A-State with 55 digs for a 6.88 digs per set average over the weekend against ULM and Texas State.  Baska also added nine assists and a service ace against the Warhawks and Bobcats.  Her best match came against ULM when she recorded 22 digs for a 7.33 digs per set average and a service ace in three sets of action.
 
The junior setter Hole averaged 11.67 assists per set in matches against UT Arlington and UALR, and helping UL-Lafayette claim the No. 6 seed in next week's Sun Belt Conference Tournament. Hole opened the week with 58 assists and recorded  career-highs with 25 digs and four service aces in a five-set loss to UT Arlington on Friday. She came back on Sunday in the regular-season finale against UALR, dishing out 47 assists and collecting 10 digs for her 17th double-double of the season. Hole helped lead UL-Lafayette to 19 wins on the season, equaling the 1997 team that finished 19-15 overall. She played solid on the defensive side for the Cajuns, averaging 3.89 digs per set with no reception errors.
 
Freshman Mallory Warrington led the Red Wolves with 91 assists for an 11.30 assists per set average against ULM and Texas State over the weekend.  She also added 24 digs and 13 kills in the two matches.  Her best match in assists per set came against the Warhawks when she recorded a 12.67 assists per set average on 38 assists.  She recorded her sixth double-double of the season against Texas State and fell one kill shy of a triple-double when she recorded 53 assists for a 10.60 assists per set average with 18 digs and nine kills.
 
The 2013 Sun Belt Conference Championship gets under way on Thursday, Nov. 21. The 2013 Sun Belt Conference Volleyball Championship match is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. CT and will be available for viewing on ESPN3. All matches can be watched live on www.sunbeltsports.org. The web stream for the entire tournament is provided at no charge.

WEEK 12 SUN BELT CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
 
Paige Wessel (WKU, RS-Senior, OH)
Wessel led WKU to a 3-0 week and the Sun Belt Conference regular-season title last week. She helped WKU hit .329, as she led the offense with a .615 hitting mark with 36 kills. Wessel tallied 3.27 kills per set and also led the team with four service aces. She hit a career-high .846 in a win over Georgia State to go along with 3.67 kills per set. Wessel notched 17 kills in a five-set win over the Jaguars and she put up eight kills and two aces in the Senior Day match versus Troy, a 3-0 win.
 
WEEK 12 SUN BELT CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
 
Megan Baska (Arkansas State, Senior, L)
Arkansas State senior Megan Baska continues to lead the Red Wolves in digs for the season and led A-State with 55 digs for a 6.88 digs per set average over the weekend against ULM and Texas State.  Baska also added nine assists and a service ace against the Warhawks and Bobcats.  Her best match came against ULM when she recorded 22 digs for a 7.33 digs per set average and a service ace in three sets of action.
 
WEEK 12 SUN BELT CONFERENCE SETTER OF THE WEEK
 
Andrea Hole (UL-Lafayette, Junior, S)
The junior setter averaged 11.67 assists per set in matches against UT Arlington and UALR, and helping UL-Lafayette claim the No. 6 seed in next week's Sun Belt Conference Tournament. Hole opened the week with 58 assists and recorded  career-highs with 25 digs and four service aces in a five-set loss to UT Arlington on Friday. She came back on Sunday in the regular-season finale against UALR, dishing out 47 assists and collecting 10 digs for her 17th double-double of the season. Hole helped lead UL-Lafayette to 19 wins on the season, equaling the 1997 team that finished 19-15 overall. She played solid on the defensive side for the Cajuns, averaging 3.89 digs per set with no reception errors.
 
WEEK 12 SUN BELT CONFERENCE FRESHMAN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
 
Mallory Warrington (Arkansas State, Freshman, S)
Freshman Mallory Warrington led the Red Wolves with 91 assists for an 11.30 assists per set average against ULM and Texas State over the weekend.  She also added 24 digs and 13 kills in the two matches.  Her best match in assists per set came against the Warhawks when she recorded a 12.67 assists per set average on 38 assists.  She recorded her sixth double-double of the season against Texas State and fell one kill shy of a triple-double when she recorded 53 assists for a 10.60 assists per set average with 18 digs and nine kills.
 
RECENT RESULTS
Wednesday, November 13
Western Kentucky 3, Georgia State 0
 
Friday, November 15
Troy 3, Georgia State 1
Texas State 3, UALR 2
UT Arlington 3, UL-Lafayette 2
Arkansas State 3, UL-Monroe 0
Western Kentucky 3, South Alabama 2
 
Saturday, November 16
UT Arlington 3, UL-Monroe 1
 
Sunday, November 17
South Alabama 3, Georgia State 1
UL-Lafayette 3, UALR 1
WKU 3, Troy 0
Arkansas State 3, Texas State 2
 
UPCOMING MATCHES
 
2013 Sun Belt Conference Volleyball Tournament Schedule of Events
Thursday, November 21
MATCH 1 - 12 p.m. CT – No. 7 Arkansas State vs. No. 2 UALR
MATCH 2 – 2:30 p.m. CT – No. 6 UL-Lafayette vs. No. 3 Texas State
MATCH 3 - 5 p.m. CT – No. 5 South Alabama vs. No. 4 UT Arlington
MATCH 4 – 7:30 p.m. CT – No. 1 WKU at No. 8 Troy
 
Friday, November 22
MATCH 5 - 4 p.m. CT - Match 1 Winner vs. Match 2 Winner
MATCH 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT – Match 3 Winner vs. Match 4 Winner
 
Championship Saturday, November 23
MATCH 7 - 1 p.m. CT – Match 5 Winner vs. Match 6 Winner (Broadcast Live on ESPN3)

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