Nov. 15, 2010
ARLINGTON, Tex. - UT Arlington libero Alicia Shaffer did something no other UTA player has ever done Monday when she earned her third consecutive SLC Defensive Player of the Week award.
Shaffer brought home the award by recording a total of 45 digs in two three-set matches (7.5 per set).
Thursday against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Shaffer tallied 28 digs in the sweep - the most any SLC player recorded in a three-set match all season. The Mavericks' 80 digs also marked the most by an SLC team in a three-set match this year. Behind Shaffer's performance, the Mavs held the Islanders to an attack percentage of .035.
The SLC Libero of the Year candidate also recorded 17 digs in UT Arlington's 3-0 win over UTSA.
Shaffer becomes just the fifth player in SLC history to win a Player of the Week award for three straight weeks. Kelsey Jewasko of UTSA (2010), Stephanie Figgers of Stephen F. Austin (2005), Sarah Gascon of Southeastern Louisiana (2003) and Natalie Sarver of Lamar (2002) are the only others to accomplish the feat.
Shaffer's 580 digs this season ranks second in UTA single-season history.
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