COLUMBIA, Ky. (Volleyball) – For the first time in her career, Shawnee State’s Madison Smith has been named as the recipient of the Mid-South Conference’s Defender of the Week award, conference officials announced on Monday afternoon.
Smith received the award after recording 44 digs – two off of her career high of 46 set last November against Cumberland (Tenn.) – in helping the Bears come from behind to obtain a 3-2 victory over Campbellsville on Thursday evening.
The senior libero also added 8.8 digs per set and a 1.000 service percentage to head the Shawnee State efforts on the backline.
On the season, Smith leads the Mid-South in digs per game (6.2) and digs for the year (444). Those aforementioned totals rank fourth and 26th in the NAIA, respectively. Those totals are on par with her cumulative 2014 stats, where Smith obtained 5.9 digs per game (eighth in the association) and 716 digs (21st in the country).
The Business Administration major has had a standout career up to this point, as the two-time Academic All-MSC honoree entered the 2015 season ranked second in program history in digs per game (3.84), third in service reception percentage (.931), fourth in service receptions (1246), fifth in digs (1380), and seventh in serves (968).
With 20 games gone in the 2015 season, Smith currently sits third in school history in digs for a career, with 1,824 digs. That total is just 40 digs off of Kirsti Yates, who holds the second position on the same list.
Smith and the Bears will be back in action at Frank & Janis Waller Gymnasium as Shawnee State will host No. 16 Georgetown College in a Mid-South tilt on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
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