USC Upstate junior libero Kaleigh Kelley was recognized by the ASUN Conference this afternoon as its Defensive Player of the Week following her performance on the road at Jacksonville and North Florida.
Kelley had a team-high 54 digs over two matches last weekend for Upstate and averaged a team-leading 7.71 digs per set. The Waxhaw, N.C. native recorded at least 20 digs in both matches highlighted by 34 against Jacksonville, falling one shy of tying her career-high. She concluded the weekend with a 20-dig effort during the Spartans 3-0 victory at North Florida on Saturday evening.
With the 3-0 win against North Florida, Upstate clinched its first-ever spot in the ASUN Volleyball Championship.
Kelley currently leads the ASUN in digs this season with 517 and ranks fifth in digs per set at 4.38. She is also sixth with a team-leading 29 service aces. Kelley’s 517 digs put her fifth all-time in Spartan volleyball history for most digs in a season and sits 12 away from moving into fourth place. The record for most digs in a season is 585 set by Erin Hagemann in 2005.
Kelley is the second Upstate volleyball player to be selected ASUN Defensive Player of the Week this season, and third weekly award winner overall. Madison Haake was tabbed ASUN Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 3 and Montana Swanson the ASUN Freshman of the Week on Sept. 19.
It is the first career ASUN Defensive Player of the Week honor for Kelley.
The Spartans conclude their regular season at home this weekend versus Florida Gulf Coast and Stetson.