Aug. 30, 2010
IRVING, Texas - Senior libero Caitlyn Trice was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week for her spectacular efforts in the Holiday Inn and Suites Baylor Classic over the weekend.
In her first career match at the libero position, Trice promptly posted career-high dig totals in her first two matches of the weekend, then added a solid third match to earn the tournament's Defensive Most Valuable Player honors.
In the season opener against Stephen F. Austin, Trice managed to record a then-career high 28 digs. That personal-best lasted less than 24 hours, as the team captain tallied 31 digs against SMU. Trice posted 16 more digs in a three-set sweep over Butler in the team's final match of the weekend.
With 77 digs in 12 sets, Trice's total was 20 higher than the next best in the Big 12, while her digs-per-set total of 6.42 is 1.04 higher than any individual in the conference. As a team, Baylor totaled 49 more digs and an average that is 2.68 digs per set more than any Big 12 team.
Trice's total of 28 digs against SFA marked the second-highest total in BU history for digs in a four-set match, while her total of 31 against SMU was the sixth-highest total in a five-set match.
The weekly honor is the first in Trice's career. She joins Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week Lindsay Licht of Nebraska and Big 12 Rookie of the Week Molly Kreklow of Missouri.
Baylor will hit the road for its next four matches with stops in San Antonio, Texas, and Minneapolis, Minn. The Bears will take on the Roadrunners on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., then join Dayton and Northern Iowa in the Diet Coke Classic, hosted by the University of Minnesota on Sept. 3-4.