Allyson Karaba Named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week
Sept. 8, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Spartan sophomore Allyson Karaba (Muskegon, Mich.) has been named as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after her performance at the Asics Delaware Invitational. The award is the first of her career. In addition to the Player of the Week honor, Karaba was also named to the All-Tournament Team at Delaware, helping the Spartans take home the title.
Karaba had a career weekend after earning the starting libero job. Tallying 69 digs, Karaba averaged 6.90 per set helping hold MSU opponents to an .113 hitting percentage over the weekend. Her best match came in the tournament-opener against Syracuse. In just three sets, Karaba tallied 23 digs, just two off of her personal best, set last weekend against Oklahoma. Her next two matches were equally as impressive posting 24 and 22 digs against New Hampshire and Delaware, respectively.
Karaba also tallied two service aces and passed out seven assists, helping the green and white hit .303 as a team. Karaba's recent success dates back to the final match of the Oklahoma Sooner Legends Nike Invitational. In the final match against Wichita State, Karaba posted a career-high 25 digs. Since that time she has been all over the floor, registering 94 total digs. Her average of 23.5 per match and 6.71 per set are both team-highs.
Karaba is the first Spartan to take home a Big Ten Player of the Week award since Jessica Hohl did so last season for the week of Nov. 26. Karaba and the rest of the Spartans will return home this weekend after two straight road trips as they will play host to Connecticut, Florida A&M and Wisconsin Milwaukee as a part of the Spartan Showcase.
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