Oct. 16, 2006
IRVING, Texas - Memphis takes this week's Conference USA Volleyball Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week awards after rolling to a 3-0 record last week with league wins over Tulsa and SMU. Sophomore Sarah Bury claims the offensive honor after slamming 42 kills and hitting .252, while making 39 digs and five blocks. Christen Clayton anchored the Tiger defense with 46 digs and also chipped in with nine assists to grab the defensive award. East Carolina's Heidi Krug is the Setter of the Week. Krug recorded a career-best 71 assists against Southern Miss and averaged 13 assists per game, with 104 total on the week.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK (10/16)
SARAH BURY - Memphis
MB, So., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Can. (Aden Bowman Collegiate)
For the week, she slammed 42 kills (3.50 kpg) and hit .252 offensively, while making 39 digs (3.25 dpg) and five blocks for the Tiger defense. Bury's week was highlighted by the single best outing of her career in a 3-2 win over Tulsa on Friday. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native hammered a career-high 24 kills (.321) and made a career-best 18 digs to lead Memphis past Tulsa. She started the week with 10 kills, six digs and a pair of solo blocks in a sweep of Belmont. The Tiger sophomore capped her week with 15 digs, eight kills and a trio of service aces to help Memphis claim its 11th-straight home win in a 3-1 decision against SMU.
SETTER OF THE WEEK (10/16)
Heidi Krug - East Carolina
S, Sr., Kildeer, Ill. (Adlai Stevenson)
Krug recorded a career-best 71 assists against Southern Miss, leading the Pirates to a 3-2 win, adding 12 digs for the double-double. The senior averaged 13 assists per game, totaling 104 on the week. Krug is ranked 26th nationally in assists per game, at 12.87. She registered 17 digs (2.12 dpg), two blocks and five kills last week and is now 10th all-time in service aces with 124, after notching one against UCF on Sunday.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK (10/16)
CHRISTEN CLAYTON - Memphis
L, Sr., Houston, Texas (Clear Lake)
Clayton was in the usual form for the Memphis defense, anchoring the Tigers with 46 digs (3.83 dpg). Her string of 15-straight matches with 10 or more digs was halted when she posted nine digs in a short three-set win over Belmont. She too had a strong showing in the Tigers' win over Tulsa. The Tiger libero popped up a match-best 22 digs to help Memphis past Tulsa. She ended the week with a solid 15-dig outing in a 3-1 win over SMU. Clayton also had nine assists, including a career-high four against Belmont.