Anderson scores OVC Offensive Player of the Week


EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Senior outside hitter Leah Anderson (Bloomington, Illinois) secured Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday afternoon as announced by the conference. This is Anderson’s second weekly award and the Screaming Eagles’ fifth honor this season.
The Eagles went 2-0 on the road trip to Lindenwood after taking down the Lions in a pair of 3-1 matches. USI had 107 kills, 95 assists, and 13 aces to pair with 153 digs and 13 blocks in just eight sets. The most impressive stat was the Eagles’ 0.225 hitting percentage through two matches.
Anderson was rightfully voted for the offensive accolade after posting a team-leading 42 kills, eight aces, and 51.5 points in eight sets played. To go along with her offensive abilities, Anderson nabbed 25 digs and three blocks. Thursday’s match saw Anderson secure a season-high 24 kills before she recorded her 11th double-double with 18 kills and 16 digs in Friday’s match. She has now secured seven straight double-digit kill performances and has earned double-digit digs in eight of her last nine matches.
USI enters the final week of the regular season 12-15 overall and 8-8 in conference play. The Eagles have an opportunity to clinch a postseason berth for the first time in the NCAA Division I era but will need to defeat the University of Tennessee at Martin at home. The USI, UT Martin matchup will be on Wednesday at 6 p.m. and Thursday at 2 p.m. Further announcements about the OVC Volleyball Championships will be released at a later date.
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