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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – For the third time this season, Penn State women’s volleyball’s Kendall White was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the week, this time for her performances against No. 9 Michigan State and Rutgers, as announced by the league office on Monday afternoon.
White, a sophomore libero from Indianapolis, Ind., finished the weekend with 34 digs over two matches, averaging 4.9 per set. She also took 37 reception attempts, without a reception error. She added nine assists and three aces over the week.
Against Michigan State, White record a four-set 25-point rally scoring record for Penn State when she recorded a match-best and four-set personal-best 29 digs against the ninth-ranked Michigan State Spartans. She also helped limit the Spartans to just 4.0 team blocks by making cover plays. In the passing game, White was perfect on her 26 attempts.
Against Rutgers, White tied for a match-high in digs, and again, was
White is now just the third Nittany Lions to be honored as the Defensive Player of the Week three times in a single season by the Big Ten league office. She joins Katie Slay and Kaleena Walters, who each recorded seasons with three or more honors. Slay, who finished with eight career honors, earned three in the 2012 season, and Walters earned all four of her career honors during the 2005 season.
The Penn State Nittany Lions will take the show on the road as they head to Iowa for a 9 p.m. ET match in Iowa City on Wednesday, Nov. 8. The match will be on the Big Ten Network.