BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Jacksonville State junior Lauren Harkins has been named the Ohio Valley Conference's Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts in guiding the Gamecock volleyball team to a split over the weekend.
Harkins, a 5-foot-7 libero from Louisville, Ky., averaged 6.17 digs per set in a weekend that saw the Gamecocks (12-10, 7-4 OVC) sweep Eastern Kentucky on Friday before dropping a three-set match to first-place Morehead State on Saturday.
Friday's win over the Colonels, who were one-half game ahead of JSU before the match, saw Harkins rack up 25 digs, an average of over eight per set. She had at least seven digs in each set, including eight in the first set and 10 in the final one. She and the Gamecock defense limited the EKU offense to a .131 attack percentage.
On Saturday, Harkins dug 12 attacks from Morehead State, who snapped the Gamecocks' 16-match wining streak at home. The weekly honor is the third of the season for Harkins, the most by any defensive player in the league.
She and JSU will be on the road this weekend for matches against Austin Peay and Tennessee State before returning home to play the final five matches of the regular season.