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Mathews named conference Defensive Player of Week


Junior middleblocker Alexis Mathews, left, attempts a block on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 at Jenison Field House. MSU defeated IPFW, 3-2. Justin Wan/The State News

The MSU volleyball team, off to its best start since 2009 and the third-best start in team history at 12-0, got some more good news after sweeping the Holiday Inn Charleston/Mt. Pleasant Tournament when junior middle blocker Alexis Mathews was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.

Mathews averaged almost two blocks per set during the weekend, posting a total of seven blocks in the title-clinching win over host Charleston on Saturday. She also added 2.6 kills per set and was named to the All-Tournament team for her efforts.

Mathews was last named defensive player of the week on Nov. 29, 2010, when she was also named Big Ten Freshman of the Week after averaging 2.1 blocks per set in wins over Michigan and Northwestern.

The award is MSU’s second this year, after sophomore libero Kori Moster was named Co-Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 3 after she racked up 52 digs at the University of Connecticut Classic and was named Classic MVP.

The Spartans open their Big Ten schedule against Purdue at 7 p.m. Friday at Jenison Field House.

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