Nov. 4, 2013
St. LOUIS -- Missouri State volleyball players Ashley Mason and Simone House were honored by the Missouri Valley Conference Monday (Nov. 4) as the league's Defensive Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week, respectively. For Mason, the award is her second this season and fourth of her career, while House is a first-time recipient.
Mason recorded 62 total digs last week and averaged 6.20 per set to help Missouri State to a 3-0 record while limiting its opposition to a .190 hitting percentage.
The senior from Granby, Mo., averaged no fewer than 5.00 digs per set in any match while moving up to second in school history with 1,604 career digs during Saturday's match at Evansville. Against the Purple Aces, Mason amassed 27 digs - a career high for a three-set match - as the Bears held UE to .139 hitting. Mason scooped 20 digs Friday at Southern Illinois, and added 15 on Tuesday in MSU's sweep of Southeast Missouri State.
House hit .467, averaged 3.65 points, 2.50 kills and 0.80 blocks per set, and served seven aces last week. She piled up 25 kills on 45 attempts while committing just four errors in 10 sets.
Tuesday, the Oshkosh, Wis., native hit .529 with a team-high 11 kills in a sweep of SEMO, adding four blocks against the Redhawks. Friday, the rookie served up five aces - the most for a Bear this season - to go with 10 kills, three blocks and a .474 attack efficiency in a road win against Southern Illinois. Saturday, House hit .333 with four kills, five digs and two more aces as the Bears swept Evansville.
Missouri State (17-9, 8-5 MVC) returns to action Friday (Nov. 8) at 7 p.m. when third-place Illinois State (16-8, 9-3) visits Hammons Student Center.