BOWLING GREEN, Ky.—For the second week in a row, Western Kentucky University volleyball junior Ashley Potts has been named the Sun Belt Conference Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday.
WKU (16-3, 2-0 SBC) also moved up a slot in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top 25 Poll on Monday, as the team now holds at No. 23 after receiving 188 votes. The ranking is the highest that WKU has ever reached in program history and comes after the Lady Toppers had a perfect 3-0 week, taking three-set sweeps in each game versus Belmont, Troy and South Alabama. The team has also won 16 of its last 17 games.
Potts, from Louisville, Ky., led the team in digs for the week and in each of the Lady Toppers three matches. She scooped up 18 digs against Belmont to start the week, and had 12 against both South Alabama and Troy over the weekend. The defensive specialist ranks fourth in the SBC in digs this season with a 4.61 average per set. Her 4.00 average over the weekend was the best in the SBC to start conference play.
Potts also helped hold WKU’s opponents to a .122 hitting percentage this week, as each team hit under .190. Potts led the team with two service aces against South Alabama, and has recorded 15-consecutive multi-dig matches. She leads the team with 304 digs this season and is second in assists with 41.
Potts will look to guide No. 23 WKU to its ninth-consecutive victory on Friday, September 28 with a road match at Louisiana-Lafayette starting at 7 p.m.