Little Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week, Again

<i>Whitney Little owns the SEC's top four block marks this season.</i>

Whitney Little owns the SEC's top four block marks this season.

Oct. 1, 2012

COLUMBIA, Mo. - On the heels of a record-breaking performance on Sunday against Georgia, Mizzou middle blocker Whitney Little (Keller, Texas) was named SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week, marking her third SEC weekly honor this season and her second SEC Defensive Player of the Week nod. Little set a school record on Sunday with her fourth 10-block match of the season (all in a span of eight matches), which is the Mizzou record for 10-block matches in a career and a single season. Keep in mind, she did it all in the course of just eight matches as a sophomore.

"It's great to be recognized but once again, just getting wins is the important thing for me," Little said. "We didn't play particularly well on Friday against Texas A&M, but we bounced back nice against Georgia and it should give us a lot of momentum heading into this weekend. Obviously it is nice to set a school record, but we just need to continue to win because we as a team have our sights set on much loftier goals."

In all, Little averaged 2.14 blocks per set last weekend as she posted five in a four-set loss to Texas A&M on Friday and 10 in the Tigers' sweep of Georgia on Sunday. The 10 blocks for Little are a three-set best for any SEC player this season and Little owns the SEC's top four single-match blocking totals this season. She also leads the league in blocks per set during SEC play (2.00) and in all matches (1.49). Little is a huge reason why Mizzou ranks first in the SEC with 3.45 blocks per set during league play and first overall in all matches with 2.81 per set. As mentioned, she set the Mizzou career record for 10-block matches with her fourth of the season against Georgia on Sunday, matching her with former Tiger All-American Christi Myers who had four 10-block matches in her four-year career. Keep in mind, Little is just a sophomore and has four 10-block matches over her last eight.



Mizzou will be back in action this weekend as it heads to Tennessee and Alabama for its second SEC road trip of the season. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to and follow the team on twitter @MU_Volleyball.
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