Nov. 29, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo. - For the third straight week, Tiger libero Caitlyn Vann (Muncie, Ind.) has been honored as the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday (Nov. 29). The award for Vann is her sixth this season and the ninth of her career. No player has claimed more Big 12 weekly honors than Vann this season and she is a big reason why Mizzou has claimed 14 Big 12 weekly honors as a team this season, a Big 12 best in 2010.
Vann paced the league with 38 digs (7.60 per set) in just five sets in a Tiger loss to Oklahoma last Wednesday. The 38 digs are the second-most by a Tiger since 1985 and just three shy of the overall school record of 41, which was set in 1985. Her 38 digs are the second-most by a Tiger in the rally scoring era, trailing only Tatum Ailes' 39 in the NCAA Tournament against Washington in 2007. The 38 digs are a career-best for Vann and her fourth career 30-dig effort.
With her 7.60 digs per set on the week, Vann secured first place in the league with her 5.30 digs per set in all matches this season. She also won the Big 12 digs per set battle over ISU's Ashley Mass as she averaged 5.51 digs per set during league play this season. Her 5.30 digs per set average in 2010 is the best single season mark in program history as well, besting Ailes' mark of 5.03 in 2007. Also, her 562 digs this season are the third-best single season mark in program history. She needs just three more to move into second place on the single-season list.
Vann and the Tigers will travel to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday. The match against Northern Iowa is slated for an 8 p.m. start. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and be sure to follow @MU_Volleyball on twitter.