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Ashley Dusek named Volleyball Player of the Week

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SEC Volleyball Week 8 Player of the Week

Ashley Dusek • Kentucky

Sophomore • DS/L • 5-4 • East Bernard, Texas

Offensive Player of the Week

Shelby Sullivan • Texas A&M

Senior • MB • 6-2 • Richardson, Texas

Sullivan had back-to-back double-figure kill performances and hit a combined .462 and averaged a team-leading 4.83 points, 3.67 kills and 1.50 blocks per set as Texas A&M posted sweeps against both Alabama and Mississippi State. She tied for match-high honors with 15 points against Alabama, averaging 5.0 points per set. Sullivan tied for team-high honors in kills with 12 while hitting .526 and also led all players and tied her season high with six blocks against the Crimson Tide. She led all players with 14.0 points in the sweep against Mississippi State. Sullivan hit .400 and led the Aggies with 10 kills and three blocks and also tied for team-high honors with two aces in the win against the Bulldogs.

Defensive Player of the Week

Ashley Dusek • Kentucky

Sophomore • DS/L • 5-4 • East Bernard, Texas

Dusek logged a league-best 7.56 digs per set over the past week of play with 68 total digs in nine sets. She broke the UK all-time single match record for digs in a match with 40 digs at Auburn on Oct. 16 (The previous record was set on Oct. 22, 1993 with 39). Dusek is one of just six players to record 40 or more digs in a single match this season in NCAA Division I and the only player from a Power Five conference to record 40 or more digs in a single match this season. She recorded 28 digs in four sets against No. 17 Florida in the only SEC match involving two top-25 schools this week. Following the two matches, Dusek now leads the SEC in digs per set in all matches played and conference only matches. Her 40 digs in the match against Auburn is the most in a single match by any player in the SEC in any match this year.

Setter of the Week

Stephanie Aiple • Texas A&M

Sophomore • 6-1 • Round Rock, Texas

Aiple averaged 12.67 assists and set the Texas A&M offense to a .420 hitting percentage for the week as the Aggies posted back-to-back .400-plus team hitting efficiencies in 3-0 sweeps against both Alabama and Mississippi State. In the win against Alabama, she tallied 45 assists, the most by an A&M player in a three-set match this season, while directing the A&M offense to a .429 hitting percentage. Aiple herself hit 1.000 as she was 3-for-3 in kill attempts against the Crimson Tide. In the sweep against Mississippi State, she directed the A&M offense to a .410 hitting efficiency, marking the first time since the first two matches of the 2009 season that an Aggie team hit above .400 in back-to-back matches. For the week, Aiple had six kills in eight attempts without an error for a .750 hitting efficiency. In SEC matches only, Aiple has put A&M atop the league in assists (13.29) and kills (14.29) per set and A&M also leads the conference with a .313 hitting efficiency in league matches.

Freshman of the Week

Aubrey Ezell • South Carolina

Freshman • Setter • 5-8 • Granbury, Texas

Ezell averaged 13.80 assists and 2.62 digs per set at Georgia and Tennessee. She had 49 assists in a three-set sweep at Georgia, adding in 12 digs to power an offense that had almost twice as many kills as the Bulldogs. Ezell finished at Tennessee with a new career high of 62 assists. The last time a Gamecock setter had 60 or more in a match was on Sept. 14, 2007, when Jordan Bradosky had 60 vs. Auburn. In Sunday's match, the team set a new season high with 67 total kills, and three different hitters recorded career highs in kills, with Ezell having a hand in all but three of the team's 65 total assists. She added four more service aces as well against the Vols, and had four total blocks for the week.