CORPUS CHRISTI – Texas A&M - Corpus Christi sophomores Ivy Baresh and Shayla Maldonado were named the Southland Conference Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, the league announced today. It marks the first career weekly honor for both Baresh and Maldonado.
"Ivy and Shayla had great individual weeks, and I'm thrilled for them to be recognized as Southland players of the week," head coach Tony Graystone said. "We've seen Ivy lead our team all season both as a hitter and defender. She is a true six-rotation player and played two complete matches on our road trip. She really took over against Southeastern La. and was the difference in that match.
"Shayla had missed a couple of weeks and has come back playing her best volleyball of the season. She was outstanding in both matches and made every play she was asked to make. I'm really happy for Ivy and Shayla and this is a well deserved recognition for both of them."
Baresh and Maldonado both had a career afternoon Saturday against Southeastern La. to lead the Islanders to a 3-1 victory. The two combined for 56 of the Islanders' season-match high 93 digs in the victory.
Baresh was tabbed Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week after propelling the Islanders' offense this week to help the team win its fifth-straight conference match. On Thursday, the sophomore recorded 14 kills, nine digs and tied a career-high five blocks in a 3-1 win at New Orleans. The Arlington native then picked up her ninth double-double of the season at Southeastern La. with a career-high 21 kills on .311 hitting and matched a career-high 22 digs. She also tied a career-high three service aces. For the week, she averaged 5.00 kills per set and hit .262 in seven sets.
Maldonado was named the Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week after powering the Islanders' defense with 6.88 digs per set this week. She helped lead the Islanders to a 7-1 mark in conference play with back-to-back career matches. In her first conference start at the libero position, the sophomore tallied a career-high 21 digs to lift the Islanders to a 3-1 victory at New Orleans. On Saturday at Southeastern La., the Katy, Texas native had another impressive day with a career-high 34 digs, which was just three digs short of tying the Islanders all-time single match record for a four-set match. She also chipped in two of the Islanders' season match-high nine service aces. For the week, she registered 55 total digs.
The Islanders will be in action tonight in Thibodaux, La. to take on Nicholls in conference play. First serve is set for 6:30 p.m.
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