Oct. 10, 2011
IRVING, Texas - Senior Briana Tolbert was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week after racking up a .500 hitting percentage in Baylor's back-to-back league wins last week, Big 12 officials announced on Monday.
Tolbert, a middle blocker, came alive on offense in helping Baylor (14-6, 3-3) sweep Texas Tech and erase a two-set deficit to defeat Missouri. The Houston, Texas, native averaged 4.12 kills per set for the week, tallying 33 kills with just four errors in 58 total attempts to hit an even .500.
Against Texas Tech, Tolbert notched team-highs with 15 kills and five blocks to go along with just one error and a .583 hitting percentage. In the next match, Tolbert helped bring Baylor back with a career-high 18 kills and four blocks with a .441 hitting percentage.
Tolbert ranks first on the team and fourth in the Big 12 with an overall hitting percentage of .354. She also ranks first on the team with 200 kills and 71 blocks.
Tolbert, who is joined in this week's league awards by Defensive Player of the Week Kristen Hahn of Iowa State and Rookie of the Week Khat Bell of Texas, is Baylor's first weekly honoree of the season. She is the first Baylor player to earn a weekly league award since Caitlyn Trice in the opening week (Aug. 30) of 2010, and the first BU player to earn the offensive award since Taylor Barnes on Sept. 28, 2009.
Baylor will step back into non-conference play for one match in its next outing, hosting North Texas on Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Ferrell Center.