Bran­kle named De­fen­sive Player of the Week

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - SPORTS - From JBU Sports In­for­ma­tion

For the third time this sea­son, se­nior Beth Bran­kle was hon­ored as the Sooner Ath­letic’s top de­fender as she was se­lected the De­fen­sive Player of the Week, the con­fer­ence of­fices an­nounced Mon­day morn­ing (Oct. 30).

Bran­kle, a Siloam Springs na­tive, av­er­aged 6.18 digs per set in a 2-1 week­end. To­tal­ing 68 scoops over the three­match week, Bran­kle has now reached 500 or more digs in three con­sec­u­tive sea­sons.

“After com­ing off our loss on Fri­day to City, we talked with our team about fo­cus­ing on play­ing each point on Satur­day as if it would be your last one, and what legacy did they want to leave,” said head coach Ken Carver. “Beth, as one of our four se­niors, em­braced this whole-heart­edly and truly gave her all in both matches. She has been hav­ing an­other very steady and con­sis­tent sea­son for our team.

“Beth has con­tin­ued to work hard on her craft and it has paid off for her as well as for her team this year. Her ef­fort and per­for­mance on Satur­day were huge and I’m proud of her be­ing rec­og­nized by our con­fer­ence coaches, once again.”

Bran­kle’s 5.02 digs per set av­er­age in 2017 is not only a cur­rent ca­reer-high, but also places her at No. 44 in the na­tion. She is also sec­ond in the SAC in to­tal digs (507).

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