Giulia Cardona earns second Player of the Week Award of 2023


Junior is national leader in kills and points

ST. LOUIS– For the second time this season and third instance in her career, University of Evansville junior Giulia Cardona was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Cardona had an unbelievable weekend that saw her average an unfathomable 8.86 kills per set while hitting .329 as the Purple Aces opened their league slate.  Cardona had 62 kills in seven sets, including a new career-high of 36 at Belmont.

Her 36-kill performance versus the Bruins was the most in a 4-set match in 2023 and tied for the most in a match this season in the NCAA.  She added 2.71 digs per set along with two blocks and an ace.  In the weekend opener at Murray State, Cardona recorded 26 kills while hitting .277.  She picked up eight digs and a block.

On Saturday, she took things to a new level, setting her career mark with 36 kills at Belmont while finishing the match hitting .370.  Cardona picked up 11 more digs and a block.

Averaging an unfathomable 8.86 kills in the last two matches, Cardona improved her season average to a NCAA-best 5.84 kills per set.  With 6.63 points per set, Cardona is also tops in the nation.