Barber and Werch Ganer BIG EAST Weekly Honors

Oct. 3, 2017

NEW YORK--Marquette University sophomore Allie Barber has been named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, while freshman Hope Werch was chosen as the league's Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday.

Barber picks up her third offensive honor this season after averaging a league-best 6.21 points and 6.14 kills per set last week in wins against Xavier (3-1) and DePaul (3-0). Barber hit .459 percent for the week, third-highest in the league, and in the sweep of DePaul, Barber hit a career-high .594 with just one error in 32 swings. The Cedarburg, Wis. native's 23 kills against Xavier tied a match high for the year in the league for four-set matches. Her 20 kills against DePaul was a match high for the year in the BIG EAST for three-set matches. Barber’s average for the year in kills is 4.75, a league-best. She also leads the league in points per set (5.09).

Werch averaged 3.21 points per set, 2.71 kills per set and 3.14 digs per set to rank in the top 20 in the league in all three categories last week. Additionally, she averaged 0.43 blocks per set and 0.29 assists per set and had a double-double with 10 kills, 10 digs against Xavier to help Marquette to a 3-1 win. In the straight set sweep of DePaul, Werch had a near double-double with nine kills, 12 digs. This is the first weekly honor of the season for the Neenah, Wis. native.

Marquette will look to extend its winning streak on Thursday, Oct. 5 as the squad hosts No. 12 Creighton at 7 p.m. CT. The game will air on Spectrum Sports locally.




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