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McVey Earns SEC Co-Defensive Player Of The Week Honors

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STARKVILLE, Miss. – After averaging an astounding 7.57 digs per set against No. 17 Kentucky and Georgia over the weekend, Roxanne McVey earned Southeastern Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors, the conference office announced Monday morning.

“I’m honored to receive this recognition and to be able to share it with my teammates that helped me earn it,” the standout libero said. “Recently the whole team has been putting in extra work trying to finish the season strong. (Assistant coach) Greg (Walker) has worked with me a lot lately to improve my technique and ability to recognize what the offense is doing. This is a complete team effort and I couldn’t do it without my teammates and coaches.”

In MSU’s Friday night match against the Wildcats, McVey turned in a season-best 26 digs during a three-set match. She helped the Bulldogs hold UK to a .186 hitting percentage, which is its second-worst clip during conference play this season. The Magnolia, Texas, native also overtook the conference lead for digs per set during SEC play with a 5.40 average.

McVey posted her second-straight 25-plus dig performance against Georgia Sunday afternoon, including eight digs in the first set alone to hold UGA’s potent offense to a .163 hitting percentage. The sophomore also has three 20-plus dig performances in State’s last four matches.

Her 53 digs on the weekend are a season-best and second-most in her career. The only other time she recorded more digs was her rookie year when she posted a 38-dig performance against Ole Miss followed by a 50-dig encore against LSU. McVey became only the 20th player in NCAA history to record 50 or more digs in a match.

“It’s great that Roxanne finally got recognized for her work as one of the best liberos in the country,” fifth-year head coach Jenny Hazelwood said. “Almost every weekend she is in the discussion for this honor and no one works harder than her both on and off the court. We could not have a better leader and Bulldog to represent Mississippi State volleyball.”

A season ago, McVey broke the SEC record with 5.64 digs per set and is just off that pace this season with a 5.52 average.

McVey shared the honor with Kentucky middle blocker Alexandra Morgan, who posted 2.63 blocks per set on the weekend.

Next up, the Bulldogs will hit the road for a pair of matches at No. 7 Missouri on Nov. 22 and Arkansas on Nov. 24 before returning home Nov. 27 for Senior Night against Alabama. MSU wraps up the season with a road trip to Tennessee on Nov. 30.

Fans can follow the Mississippi State volleyball program on Twitter @HailStateVB, Instagram @HailStateVB and Facebook at facebook.com/HailStateVB.


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