JONESBORO, AR (astateredwolves.com) – Arkansas State junior libero Markie Schaedig has been named the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week for the fourth time this season after her performance in the team's wins over Little Rock and Georgia Southern last week per an announcement by the league office Monday afternoon.
The honor for Schaedig is also the ninth career Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week award and comes on the heels of an outstanding week where she averaged 7.43 digs per set and tallied 52 digs in seven sets of action. She registered 28 digs in the 3-1 win over Little Rock Oct. 28 before picking up 24 more in the 3-0 sweep of Georgia Southern Oct. 30.
The Little Rock, Ark., native is averaging 5.34 digs per set on the season to rank second in the Sun Belt Conference and 12th in the nation. She has 438 digs on the year and is second on the team with 99 assists to go along with six service aces.
The Red Wolves moved up one spot to No. 21 in this week's version of the PrepVolleyball.com Poll and also received 80 points in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top-25 Poll. The 80 points would make the team ranked No. 27, just two spots behind No. 25 Michigan (98 points). Despite winning two matches A-State fell to No. 20 in this week's Rating Percentage Index (RPI) released by the NCAA Monday.