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Amani McArthur captures MSU Volleyballs 2nd B1G defensive player of the week award

September 18, 2023
<p>MSU Volleyball players celebrate on the sideline during Michigan States' game against Duke on September 8, 2023 at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center. The Michigan State Spartans lost in three sets.</p>

MSU Volleyball players celebrate on the sideline during Michigan States' game against Duke on September 8, 2023 at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center. The Michigan State Spartans lost in three sets.

Photo by Henry Szymecko | The State News

Michigan State Volleyball has its second B1G Defensive Player of the Week this season, with fifth year middle blocker Amani McArthur earning the honor this past Monday by the Big Ten Conference. 

McArthur's honor follows after senior libero Nalani Iosa who also won the honor this season on Sept. 5th. This is the first time since 2015 that two different Spartans have been awarded B1G Defensive Player of the Week honors in the same season. (Megan Tompkins – Sept. 14, Abby Monson – Sept. 21)

It’s been a busy past few days for the middle blocker as she also earned Most Valuable Player at the 2023 Dog Pound Challenge — which the Spartan volleyball team swept. She capped off the tournament with 14 total blocks (four solo, 10 assisted). Her performance at the net put her tied for first in the conference for blocks, while earning her the second spot in blocks per set at 1.75.

While McArthur displayed an impressive performance on the defensive side, she made sure to make just as much noise on the offensive side as well. She finished the tournament with 20 kills from 33 attempts connecting at a percentage of .545, good enough for second in the B1G this past week.

McArthur's dominance this past week was clear as she nearly bested her career highs, falling one short in both kills (14 against Binghamton) and blocks (10 against Brown).

The volleyball team will be back in action this Friday when they head to Ann Arbor to face off against the University of Michigan. Match time is set for 7 p.m.

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