Bailey is the Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week
Nov. 18, 2014
LEXINGTON, Kentucky - A record-setting 2014 campaign continued for Marquette University outside hitter Autumn Bailey on Tuesday afternoon as the sophomore was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week for the first time in her career.
"What is allowing Autumn to have this much success is her improvement in all facets of the game," Marquette head coach Ryan Theis said. "She has become a better all-around player and is making much better decisions about what to do with the ball - when she is in trouble she keeps it in. She is starting to learn what shots to use and when, and that is why her efficiency was so good. Her all-around game, middle back defense and passing have all gotten stronger through the course of the last off season and earlier this year."
The honor marked the first time that an MU student-athlete has earned the award and just the second time a BIG EAST Conference member has received the accolade.
The reigning BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week averaged 8.00 points, 7.14 kills and 3.86 digs per set at Seton Hall and Villanova and hit a combined .341 in the two matches.
The Burlington, Ontario, native began the weekend by posting a match-high 29 kills and 20 digs in a four set loss on Friday at Seton Hall, while adding four blocks and a service ace. Bailey also added 21 kills in Saturday's sweep at Villanova to become just the third player in Marquette history to amass over 500 kills in a season.
She now has 507 kills in 2014 and the MU record for single season attacks with 1,359 swings this year. She sits just 10 kills from 1,000 in her career and can become the first player in program history to reach the mark in just two seasons in Saturday's regular season finale against DePaul.
The BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year, Bailey has earned the league's offensive player of the week honor four times this season and ranks in the top seven in all of NCAA Division I in kills, points and attacks.
The Golden Eagles close out the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. against DePaul at the Al McGuire Center. The team will honor Lindsey Gosh and Courtney Kintzel in a pre-match Senior Night ceremony and all individuals who present a ticket stub from men's basketball's Saturday home game against Omaha will receive free admission. MU will also honor its alumnae at Saturday's contest.
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