September 10, 2012
After an impressive showing at the Morehead State Eagle Challenge over the weekend, Missouri volleyball’s sophomore blocker Whitney Little has been named the Southeastern Conference co-defensive player of the week.
Little posted 12 blocks and 12 kills in a five-set loss to Morehead State on Friday. It was the first block-kill double-double for Missouri in five years.
“Obviously I’m excited and it was a little bit unexpected because so many back-row players usually win these awards,” Little said in a news release. “I think the award shows how much of a better blocking team we have become this season; I need good blockers to my left and right in order to get the blocks that I get. It’s always nice to get these awards, but the more important thing to do is to continue to win and we have a huge match against Tennessee coming up on Wednesday on ESPNU.”
Last season Little made the Big 12 all-freshmen team and posted the record for single season blocks with 138. Junior hitter Lisa Henning grabbed SEC honors last week as offensive player of the week. Little shares this week’s distinction with Auburn junior blocker Camila Jersonsky.
Missouri’s next match comes against No. 16 Tennessee at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Hearnes Center.