After a dominant 10-block performance in a Sunday victory over Georgia, sophomore blocker Whitney Little has been named the Southeastern Conference co-defensive player of the week.
Little tied the MU record for 10-block matches in a career (4) in the 3-0 sweep of the Bulldogs.
The accolade is the third time this season Little has won an SEC designation. She previously shared defensive player of the week honors Sept. 10 and SEC player of the week Sept. 24.
“It’s great to be recognized but once again, just getting wins is the important thing for me,” Little said in a news release. “We didn’t play particularly well on Friday against Texas A&M, but we bounced back nice against Georgia and it should give us a lot of momentum heading into this weekend. Obviously it is nice to set a school record, but we just need to continue to win because we as a team have our sights set on much loftier goals.”
This week’s award comes on the heels of Little’s well-documented hot streak to begin the season. She’s hitting a team-high .423 and is averaging 1.49 blocks per set. Over the Tigers’ two weekend matches, she posted, on average, upwards of two blocks per set.
Little said after the Sunday win that her tear through SEC play feels, to her, like the new normal. She’s comfortable in her role in trying to relieve pressure from All-American junior hitter Lisa Henning and continuing to put up big numbers is fine by her.
“I would definitely say I’m still in a rhythm,” Little said. “If you get out of rhythm, it shows and A&M was a great example of that. I’ve always tried to stay in that rhythm in my mind.”
Little and her team will travel to Knoxville, Tenn., Friday to face the No. 25 Volunteers, a team the Tigers took down in a five-set epic earlier this year.