Oct. 22, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana Volleyball's Caitlin Hansen earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week accolades after tallying 48 digs in two wins this weekend. The IU libero recorded a career-high in digs and then topped it, as the Hoosiers knocked off No. 17 Purdue and won at Wisconsin, taking their first win over a ranked opponent and their first Big Ten road win since 2010, in the same weekend.
Indiana volleyball head coach Sherry Dunbar was very pleased with Hansen's performance and said that the junior raised her game to a higher level on the week.
"It was nice to see Caitlin earn two personal bests this week for digs with 22 against Purdue and then bettering that with 26 against Wisconsin," said Dunbar. "More importantly her defense and consistent serve receive helped us earn our first two Big Ten wins of the season. She played with confidence and fight this past week and brought her level of play to where it needs to be to be successful in this league."
Hansen played a huge role in Indiana's wins over No. 17 Purdue and at Wisconsin. Hansen had a career-high 22 digs to key the Purdue win, and then topped that with 26 digs at Wisconsin. With 48 digs on the weekend, Hansen averaged six digs per set over the eight sets on the weekend. Hansen was a perfect 1.000 on 57 service receptions and added five assists on the weekend. The last Hoosier to win the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award was Caitlin Cox on September 12, 2011.
The Hoosiers host Michigan State and Michigan respectively on Friday and Saturday night with both matches starting at 7 p.m. ET. For complete coverage of all things IU volleyball, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.