IRVING, Texas – In their final weekend of volleyball on The Hill, Rachel Anderson
and Mary Martin delivered a pair of exceptional performances and have earned
recognition from the Conference USA office for their efforts. Anderson earned her
third Offensive Player of the Week award of the season while Martin collects her
first-ever Setter of the Week accolade.
WKU Volleyball has seen multiple players recognized with awards four times on the
2018 campaign as six different Lady Toppers have combined for nine C-USA weekly
In her final weekend of volleyball from E.A. Diddle Arena, Anderson put on a show,
posting outings of 15 and 18 kills for a total of 33 across nine sets. Not only did
she strike often, Anderson was incredibly efficient working at a .400 hitting rate
with just nine errors on 60 swings. Anderson was just as impressive defensively as
well, racking up six solo blocks and nine block assists to average 1.67 blocks per
set. The senior chipped in four digs, an assist and an ace – served up as the final
point she’ll ever play in Diddle Arena. Anderson finished with 44.5 points on the
weekend as the Lady Toppers won their third and fourth-straight matches.
Anderson nearly posted a double-double outing in Friday’s win over FIU with 18 kills
and eight blocks before putting up similar numbers on Sunday with 15 kills and seven
blocks in a four-set win over second-place Florida Atlantic. For the second week in
a row, the Sturgis, Mich., native tallied 44.5 points for the Red and White across a
pair of victories.
After not playing a single point in the four previous matches, WKU senior setter
Martin earned a start in her Senior Day match against Florida Atlantic and delivered
one of the best performances of her career on The Hill. The Lexington, Ky., native
racked up 47 assists in the four-set victory over second-place Florida Atlantic as
the Lady Toppers out-hit the league’s top-offensive squad with a .264 efficiency. In
the match, the WKU offense found the floor for a kill on 48.5-percent of Martin’s
sets. The senior was just as good defensively for the Red and White, registering her
first double double of the season and the second of her career with 11 digs in the
outing as well. Martin also added three kills, a block and an ace in WKU’s Senior
Day win while averaging 11.75 assists per set, 2.75 digs per set and 1.12 points per
Martin’s award marks the first time since the 2015 campaign that two different
setters from the same team have earned a Setter of the Week nod from Conference USA
in the same season. Taylor Bebout has collected a pair of awards this season.
With a pair of regular-season matches and the Conference USA Tournament remaining,
the Lady Topper seniors still have time to continue to add to their legacy.