TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 08, 2009
Walroth named A-Sun “Player of the Week”
Senior libero Shelley Walroth surpassed another milestone in her storied career and was awarded her first Atlantic Sun Conference “Player of the Week” honor after breaking the conference record for digs over the weekend at the Southern Miss La Quinta Inn Invitational.
In three matches in Hattiesburg, Miss., Walroth led the Dolphin defense with 65 digs (5.91 dps) including a season-best 29 vs. Louisiana Tech. In the final day, she surpassed Anne Mullins of Lipscomb as the A-Sun Conference all-time digs leader with 21 against Sam Houston State.
“Shelley reached an amazing goal this early in the season and I’m excited that she was honored this week by the A-Sun,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “She has everything you want in an athlete both on and off the court.”
Walroth, who already owns the career and single-season records at JU, is now nine digs shy of 2,000 career digs and 209 digs away from cracking the top 25 all-time in NCAA history.
Last season, Walroth was named 2008 “Libero of the Year” Honorable Mention by Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU) after ranking fourth in the nation with an average of 5.87 digs per set. She also became the first Dolphin to garner A-Sun Defensive “Player of the Year” honors and also earned first team all-conference accolades in 2008.
JU will open conference play this week in Nashville on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET against Belmont.