Defense by Committee Gaining Traction: Three or More 20-Dig Efforts

  0 Wendy Mayer | November 08th, 2017 | ACC, College - Women's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major, Missouri Valley Conference, News, Pac 12, SEC

With the development of the six rotation player as well as the implementation of the 6-2 offense and defensive setters, more players are getting in on the defensive action.

One sign of this trend is the fact that nearly 200 current Division I student-athletes (190) have reached the 1,000 dig milestone, compared to just 124 with 1,000 kills.

Another new trend is the occurance of three or more players posting 20 digs in a match. With help from countless sports information professionals across the country, VolleyMob has put together a list of both current and historic occurances, which we will continue to update if new occurances either present or historic are found.

Based on the data compiled, in the rally scoring era (2002-present), there are 36 known occurances. That total includes a staggering 13 in 2017. Two matches have even seen both teams achieve the feat: Nov. 3 – Murray State vs. Southeast Missouri; and Oct. 13 – Missouri State at Drake.

The 2017 occurances are listed below.

Matchup 20+ Dig Efforts
Towson vs. James Madison Towson: Anna Holehouse (45), Carola Biver (22) Annie Ertz (20)
Louisville at Duke Louisville: Wilma Rivera (27), Molly Sauer (21), Amanda Green (20)
Murray State vs. Southeast Missouri Murray: Becca Fernandez (26), Rachel Holthaus (23), Rachel Giustino (20)
Murray State vs. Southeast Missouri SEMO: Ally Dion (30), Marie Less (29), Krissy Gearring (21)
Northern Arizona vs. Weber State NAU: Jordan Anderson (22), Sydney Lema (22), Kaylie Jorgensen (20)
Valparaiso at Missouri State MS: Emily Butters (24), Lily Johnson (22), Daniele Messa (20)
IUPUI at Northern Kentucky NKU: Shelby Olsen (25), Laura Crawford (24), McKenzie Eskridge (24)
Missouri State at Drake MS: Emily Butters (44), Lily Johnson (32), Daniele Messa (29)
Missouri State at Drake Drake: Kylee Macke (27), Courtney Morehead (24), Kyla Inderski (24)
Eastern Michigan vs. Ohio EMU: Mallory Rajewski (32), Alyssa LaFace (27), Jordan Smith (22)
Northern Kentucky at Florida A&M NKU: Ashton Terrill (26), Shelby Olsen (20), Haley Libs (20)
McNeese State at Valpairaso McNeese: Rylee Cookerly (26), Katherine Carlson (26), Allison Ketcham (20)
Central Connecticut State vs. Niagara CCSU: Samantha McCreath (28), Lindsey Massicotte (21), Kaitlyn Kushman (20)

Eastern Michigan has achieved the feat six times, while Valparaiso has done so five times and North Dakota State four.Five times in a season were the most occurances found in the previous 15 years, with that coming in 2007, including twice each by Eastern Michigan and North Dakota State.

North Dakota State has the lone occurance of four players with 20 or more kills, doing so in a Nov. 16, 2007, match against Fort Wayne.

The historic listing of occurances is below.

a Matchup 20+ Dig Efforts
 11/18/2016 Valparaiso vs. Northern Kentucky NKU: Lauren Hurley (37), McKenzie Eskridge (25), Haley Libs (24)
11/4/2016 North Dakota State at Fort Wayne NDSU: Mikaela Purnell (31), Brianna Rasmusson 925), Emily Milligan (20)
10/29/2016 Northern Arizona vs. Portland State NAU: Brooke Donnelly (26), Jensen Barton (20), Lauren Jacobsen (20)
11/19/2015 Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan EMU: Corynne Smith (25), Dori Harrison (22), Mallory Rajewski (21)
9/25/2015 Valparaiso at Northern Kentucky Valpo: Kelsey Berrington (25), Allison Ketcham (25), Morganne Longoria (21)
10/17/2015 Valparaiso at Youngtown State Valpo: Lexie Bouza (23), Allison Ketcham (23), Emily Campbell (22)
11/21/2014 Kent State at Eastern Michigan EMU: Corynne Smith (31), Jill Briner (24), Natalie Folk (22)
9/26/2014 Arkansas State at Troy ASU: Markie Schaedig (26), Hannah Robey (24), Mallory Warrington (21)
10/13/2012 Valparaiso at Milwaukee Valpo: Lindsey Hauch (26), Taylor Root (23), Sarah Dooms (21)
10/23/2012 IUPUI at Valparaiso Valpo: Taylor Root (29), Sarah Dooms (23), Lindsey Hauch (22)
11/4/2012 Tennessee at Florida Florida: Maddy Monserez (23), Ziva Recek (20), Taylor Unroe (20)
11/15/2012 Stanford at USC Stanford: Rachel Williams (32), Jordan Burgess (25), Brittany Howard (22)
10/8/2010 Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan EMU: Haley Stein (55), Ashley Mason (20), Cassie Sowers (20)
11/14/2009 Valparaiso at Green Bay Valpo: Taylor Root (28), Jenny Pokorny (21), Angie Porche (20)
10/28/2009 Baylor vs. Iowa State ISU: Ashley Mass (42), Kaylee Manns (25), Victoria Henson (22)
11/11/2006 Liberty at Radford Liberty: Lara Bartolomeo (28), Alysson Sanders (22), Kallie Corbin (20)
11/16/2007 North Dakota State at Fort Wayne NDSU: Kelly Lopez (30), Kari Faynan (23), Kristen Hille (21), Christy Stuewe (20)
11/2/2007 North Dakota State at Western Illinois NDSU: Kari Fagnan (32), Christy Stuewe (22), Kristen Hille (20)
10/4/2007 Eastern Michigan at Central Michigan EMU: Kim Jarzynka (27), Kate Sulewski (22), Abby Reenders (21)
9/29/2007 Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois EMU: Abby Reenders (23), Becky Reenders (22), Kim Jarzynka (21)
9/28/2007 Liberty at High Point Liberty: Lara Bartolomeo (22), Karyl Bacon (22), Kallie Corbin (20)
10/7/2006 North Dakota State at Fort Wayne NDSU: Kari Fagnan (28), Chloe Quirk (22), Sheila Parrish (21)
12/11/2004 UCLA at Washington UW: Candace Lee (40), Sanja Tomasevic (27), Courtney Thompson (21)

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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