Sept. 17, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Junior middle blocker Alexis Mathews has been named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Monday, Sept. 17. This is the second defensive player of the week honor during her career and she was last recognized on Nov. 29, 2010.
Mathews played a critical role in the Spartans staying undefeated over the weekend at the Holiday Inn Charleston/Mt. Pleasant Invitational, defeating Presbyterian, Georgetown and the College of Charleston. Mathews, a Detroit, Mich. native, averaged 1.70 blocks per set and also had 2.6 kills per set. She led all players with a .477 hitting percentage during the tournament. She recorded 17 blocks over the weekend and was named to the named to the Charleston Invitational All-Tournament Team.
In a sweep against Presbyterian, Mathews had four blocks and added eight kills. The Spartans also swept Georgetown, 3-0, in which Mathews notched six blocks and had five kills with a .455 hitting percentage in the match.
In a 3-1 win over the College of Charleston, Mathews had a match-high seven blocks and recorded 10 kills. Mathews is the second MSU player to garner Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors this season and libero Kori Moster was recognized on Sept. 3, 2012.
Mathews and the Spartans open the Big Ten season this weekend at home against Purdue on Friday, Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. and against Indiana on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. Michigan State tied its third best start in program history with a 12-0 record to open the season, tying the 2009 season.