Briggs & Dieudonne Earn C-USA Weekly Awards After 2-0 Weekend

Published: Sep. 27, 2021 at 3:41 PM CDT
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - Following a 2-0 weekend at home against Marshall, WKU Volleyball saw a pair of Hilltoppers recognized by Conference USA for their first weekend of conference play. Paige Briggs earned her first Offensive Player of the Week honor of the season while Nadia Dieudonne collected her third Setter of the Week of the campaign.

Briggs racked up 26 total kills to average 4.33 kills per set over the weekend while hitting at a .426 clip. She also went on to add 1.83 digs per set as well as 0.83 blocks per set against Marshall this weekend.

The Ortonville, Mich., native turned in back-to-back double-digit kill performances - going for 15 then 11, respectively. In Friday night’s sweep, Briggs hit 15-1-25, hitting .560, while adding two blocks and one ace. She achieved her 800th career kill, joining the shortlist of Hilltoppers to achieve the feat. On Saturday, she recorded 11 kills on 29 attempts, hitting .310, while adding one block.

Dieudonne had another immaculate weekend, racking up 78 total assists to average 13.00 assists per set in the two matches while facilitating the Hilltopper offense to a collective .429 hitting clip. Dieudonne’s connection with her offense improved from match one to match two as her hitters connected for kills on 47% of her sets on Friday and 54.9% on Saturday.

The Hilltopper offense had their best showing of the season this weekend against the Thundering Herd, enabled by Dieudonne, who had back-to-back outings of 39 assists, while also adding an attack rate of .357, hitting five kills, to go along with two blocks and two digs. WKU operated at a season-best .495 hitting percentage in Saturday’s sweep of Marshall.

Monday’s award marks the 10th for Briggs across her three seasons at WKU. Additionally, Dieudonne is up to 14 total awards during her career on The Hill.

2021 C-USA Offensive Players of the Week

A30 Lauren Matthews, WKU

S6 Anota Adekunle, Rice

S13 Fernanda Maida, UAB

S20 Rhett Robinson, North Texas

S27 Paige Briggs, WKU

2021 C-USA Defensive Players of the Week

A30 Destiny Leon, Marshall

S6 Amani McArthur, Charlotte

S13 Henrianna Ibarra, North Texas

S20 McKenzie Johnson, Louisiana Tech

S27 Marley Banton, Middle Tennessee

2021 C-USA Setters of the Week

A30 Nadia Dieudonne, WKU

Kristen Fritsche, UTEP

S6 Nadia Dieudonne, WKU

S13 Carly Graham, Rice

S20 Teresa Atilano, Old Dominion

S27 Nadia Dieudonne, WKU

2021 C-USA Freshmen of the Week

A30 Klara Zarnovicka, Florida Atlantic

S6 Ema Uskokovic, UTEP

S13 Ema Uskokovic, UTEP

S20 Myah Conway, Old Dominion

S27 Shaylee Shore, Rice

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