A week with some fantastic defensive performances in Lone Star Conference volleyball led to a three way split in the league’s player of the week honors. One of the three recognized by the LSC on Tuesday is Midwestern State senior Kiara Jordan.
Jordan turned in a great performance in a tough 3-2 loss to Tarleton State on Saturday. The Gilmer native recorded a season high 40 digs, the second to her own MSU record of 50 against Texas A&M-Commerce in 2009.
Jordan also had 19 digs in a straight set loss to West Texas A&M on September 20 to give her a total of 59 for the week. The senior leads the LSC with an average of 6.04 digs per set in 2011.
As a team, Midwestern State has struggled of late. After a 6-1 start to the season, the Mustangs have dropped five straight to sit at .500 overall with a 2-5 record in conference play. The team will try to get the season back on track in Kansas this weekend at the Pittsburg State Classic with four games in two days September 30 and October 1.
Erin Dougherty of West Texas A&M was one of two other LSC Defensive Players of the Week. The junior from Omaha, Nebraska recorded 21 block assists and four solo blocks for the No. 14 Lady Buffs. Dougherty also had five digs, 19 kills, and a service ace as WTAM went 3-0 on the week.
Laura Macek of Texas A&M-Kingsville was the third LSC Defensive Player of the Week. Macek tied the school record for blocks in a match with 11 against No. 20 Angelo State, then tied the record again with 11 more against Texas A&M-Commerce. The Kansas native added six more in a five set loss to Texas Woman’s University to give her 28 for the week.
Viktorija Jablonska of Texas Woman’s University was named an LSC Offensive Player of the Week. Jablonska helped the Pioneers to a 1-1 record with a team high 38 kills, including a career high 20 against Incarnate Word. The junior from Latvia has recorded 14 or more kills in five of the last six games for TWU.
Celeste Bonter of Angelo State was also named an LSC Offensive Player of the Week. Bonter recorded 41 kills in three games, including a 20 kill performance in a 3-2 comeback victory over TAMK.
Lacy Hayes of West Texas A&M was named an LSC Setter of the Week. The junior from Cypress, Texas came up with 113 assists for an average of 10.2 per set in three games this week. Hayes also registered 10 kills, two service aces, and 11 block assists while helping WTAM to a 3-0 record.
Danielle Suarez of the University of Incarnate Word was also an LSC Setter of the Week. Suarez led UIW with an average of 24 assists per match and 6.0 assists per set, including a high of 33 against TWU. The San Antonio native also had three service aces and 26 digs.