Bailey Earns B1G Weekly Honors
Senior Named Defensive Player of the Week
East Lansing, MIch. -- Redshirt senior Autumn Bailey has been named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, as announced on Monday by the Big Ten office.
Bailey played an important role for MIchigan State (9-2, 2-0 Big Ten) as MSU opened B1G play with two wins at No. 5 Wisconsin (3-2) and No. 1 Minnesota (3-0).
An outside hitter, Bailey averaged 4.75 digs per frame, committed just one reception error in 43 attempts (.977), and added 3.75 kills per set as MSU swept perhaps the most difficult road swing in the Big Ten this season. In the first match of the weekend, she established her MSU career best with 25 digs and added 16 kills for her first double-double of the season. She added a second double-double on Sunday at No. 1 Minnesota to the tune of 13 digs, 14 kills , and an assist. On the season, Bailey is 10th in the Big Ten with 3.77 digs per set, while also averaging 3.06 kills per frame, second among Michigan State players. The Spartans, a senior-laden team that starts six seniors, has three players averaging better than three kills per set.
The Spartans, No. 16 in the AVCA National Poll, have their first Big Ten home games this weekend when they host Maryland (Friday, 7 pm) and Ohio State (Saturday, 8 pm) at Jenison Field House.