BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - LSU libero Meghan Mannari picked up SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors Monday as announced by the league office. For Mannari, it's her fourth career weekly award from the SEC.
"We're extremely happy for Meghan to earn this award after putting together one of the most memorable defensive performances in LSU volleyball history," head coach Fran Flory said. "Certainly, to have 40 digs in a four-set match is something truly special. Meghan and our entire back row unit have played at an extremely high level in SEC play."
Mannari came away with an astounding 7.57 digs per set a week after she became the 12th member of LSU's 1,000 career digs club. She racked up a career-best 40 digs at Auburn, the second-highest single match total in program history. The 40 scoops also was the top mark for a SEC player in a four-set match this season.
Since returning to the libero role on October 7, Mannari has strung together five straight matches with double figure digs. Her 5.67 digs per set average in league play would place the SEC rankings if Mannari didn't miss LSU's first six conference matches due to injury.
LSU (9-12, 5-7 SEC) wraps up its October slate with back-to-back televised home matches Friday versus Texas A&M [7 p.m. - televised by CST] followed by a Sunday matinee with Mississippi State [1 p.m. - televised by CSS/CST].
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Admission to all 2012 home matches is free compliments of the Advocate's "Geaux Free" program. At every home match, LSU will be collecting pet supplies at the fan zone as part of its "PAWS in the PMAC" campaign to benefit the Capital Area Animal Welfare Society.