Oct. 14, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Senior libero Shelby Beasley paced the East Carolina defense last week as she helped lead the Pirates to a 2-1 record with wins over Charleston Southern (3-0) and Louisiana Tech (3-2) en route to earning her first-ever Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week honor. The conference award is the first for the ECU volleyball program since former Pirate Trish Monroe was recognized by C-USA for her defensive play twice during the 2008 campaign, the last on Nov. 10.
Beasley finished the week with 71 digs to average nearly six digs per set (5.92). At Charleston Southern, she notched 12 digs, then came back against Louisiana Tech and tied her career-high and the ECU school record with 34 digs in the Pirates' five-set win. Against Tulane, Beasley recorded a match-high 25 digs in the 3-1 setback.
"I thought Shelby had a great weekend," Head coach Julie Torbett said. "34 and 25 digs over the weekend is definitely a strong performance. That is something we're looking for from her and we knew she was capable of it. We're going to need Shelby to continue with these kinds of performances going into the conference matches (at Marshall and Tulsa) this weekend."
A native of Winter Park, Fla., Beasley has set the tone for the East Carolina defense this season as she leads the team with 292 digs for an average of 3.79 per set which ranks 12th in Conference USA. She owns 1,231 career digs which is good for fourth in the ECU record book and just 15 shy of third place.
Beasley has guided the Pirate defense to 1,172 digs for an average of 15.22 to rank fourth in C-USA. Her defensive efforts have helped ECU limit opponents to just .172 hitting which also ranks fourth in the league.
Along with Beasley, Tulsa's Kellie Culbertson (Offensive Player of the Week) and Rice's Sara Blasier (Setter of the Week) were also named Conference USA Athletes of the Week.
East Carolina will return to action on Friday, October 18, at Marshall. First serve is set for 5:30 p.m. Live stats will be available on ECUPirates.com.