Western Kentucky’s Anderson, Isenbarger Headline C-USA Week 3 Honorees

  0 volleymob | September 10th, 2018 | College - Women's Indoor, Conference USA, News

IRVING, Texas – WKU picked up its season’s first pair of Conference USA Weekly honors with Rachel Anderson claiming Offensive Player of the Week and Katie Isenbarger earning Freshman of the Week. UAB and Florida Atlantic return to the spotlight as the Owls’ Ivone Martinez repeats as Setter of the Week. The Blazers are represented by Victoria Young as the league’s Defensive Player of the Week. All C-USA weekly awards are presented by Top of the World Headwear.

Offensive Player of the Week

Rachel Anderson, WKU, Sr., Sturgis, Mich.
WKU returned to its winning ways and served up a trio of sweeps while hosting the Holiday Inn-University Plaza Invitational. The Lady Toppers defended their 27-match winning streak at E.A. Diddle Arena, marking the longest in the nation, with Anderson steering WKU’s offense. The middle hitter registered three-straight double-digit kill performances, including a weekend-high 14 against Notre Dame. She also contributed seven digs and two blocks against the Fighting Irish. The senior totaled 27 kills through 12 sets, hitting a scorching .643 against Chattanooga. She added eight digs, seven blocks and 3.5 points per set in last weekend’s action.

Defensive Player of the Week

Victoria Young, UAB, R-Sr., Mobile, Ala.
Young was a dominant force at the net in UAB’s four matches last week. The senior compiled 19 blocks, including eight to tie her career-high against in-state rival Troy, through three Blazer sweeps. The Alabama product amassed seven aces, 22 kills, six digs and 3.19 points per set in a midweek against Alabama State and at the Big Orange Bash hosted by Clemson.

Setter of the Week

Ivone Martinez, Florida Atlantic, Sr., Mexicali, Mexico
One of the most efficient setters in the nation, Martinez quarterbacked the Florida Atlantic offense to another 3-0 weekend at the DePaul Invitational in Chicago. The senior, who currently ranks seventh in the country in assists per set, averaged 12.40 last weekend to pair with 2.40 digs per set, six blocks and 10 kills. She hit weekend-highs with 51 assists, 12 digs, and five kills against Fort Wayne to notch her career’s 26th double-double.

Freshman of the Week

Katie Isenbarger, WKU, Fr., Zionsville, Ind.
Isenbarger made the jump from reserve to starter last weekend for the Lady Toppers and played a pivotal role in the team’s three victories. The Indiana native posted 27 kills, a team-best 11 blocks, seven digs and 2.83 points per set in three starts. The freshman had no problem handling Notre Dame, chipping in nine kills and four blocks, before turning to Miami (OH) in the weekend finale where she inked another four stuffs with a weekend-high 11 kills and 14 points.

2018 C-USA Offensive Player of the Week
A27      Valerie Valerian, North Texas
S3        Abby Carlile, UAB
S10      Rachel Anderson, WKU

2018 C-USA Defensive Player of the Week
A27      Kara Teal, UTSA
S3        Grace Morgan, Rice
S10      Victoria Young, UAB

2018 C-USA Setter of the Week
A27      Karley York, North Texas
S3        Ivone Martinez, Florida Atlantic
S10      Ivone Martinez, Florida Atlantic

2018 C-USA Freshman of the Week
A27      Rhett Robinson, North Texas
Kirby Smith, UTSA
S3        Nya Steele, Charlotte
S10      Katie Isenbarger, WKU

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