Nov. 12, 2012
IRVING, Texas - Following a 2-0 weekend in which the Marshall volleyball team swept Tulane and UTEP and secured the No. 6 seed for the Conference USA tournament, junior outside hitter Laura Der was named C-USA Offensive Player of the Week.
Der led C-USA for the week with a solid 6.17 kills per set and 0.83 service aces per set as Marshall swept its final two opponents in regular season play. She ended the weekend with a .337 (37-8-86) hitting efficiency and averaged 2.67 digs per set.
The victories over Tulane and UTEP kept the Thundering Herd hopes alive and secured the No. 6 seed for the conference championship. The wins also broke a seven-match losing streak. Der led Marshall with 22 kills and 26.0 points against UTEP, figures that top the chart for a three-set match against C-USA foes. Marshall's .330 team attack percentage against UTEP ties as the highest hitting percentage in C-USA only matches.
The award is Der's first career Offensive Player of the Week honor and marks the third overall Player of the Week accolade this season after Sammie Bane earned Setter of the Week on Aug. 27 and Dorothy Rahal earned Defensive Player of the Week on Sep. 17.