One day after being named the WHAC Volleyball Defender of the Week, Aquinas libero Marisa Spetoskey (JR/Byron Center, Michigan) was voted as the NAIA National Defender of the Week late Tuesday (Oct. 10), released by the national office. Spetoskey is the first WHAC player this season to be honored as a National Player of the Week.
The NAIA awards an attacker, defender, and setter with the National Player of the Week award – and through the first six weeks of the season, Spetoskey is the first WHAC player to receive the honor in any category.
She set a new Aquinas record and broke the 12-year old WHAC record for digs in a match last week, as Spetoskey picked up 56 digs in a five-set loss to Siena Heights inside the Sturrus Center last Wednesday (Oct. 4). Her 56 pickups topped the previous conference record of 46 digs in a September 2005 match by Concordia's Christy Carter and shattered the prior AQ record of 36 digs by former Saint Alene Seiler, also in a September 2005 match against Ohio Dominican.
Moreover, Spetoskey's 56 digs are tied for 10th-most in a match in NAIA history.
For the week – including 16 digs in three sets against #16 Madonna on Saturday – the junior libero averaged an outstanding 9.00 digs per set in the two contests. On the year, Spetoskey ranks third in the conference with 5.62 digs per set and sits fourth with 365 total digs.
The last WHAC player to be named WHAC National Defender of the Week was Cornerstone's Mackenzie Vallad on Nov. 1, 2016.
Aquinas is at home on Wednesday night (Oct. 11) against Concordia in a 7:00 p.m. league contest, continuing the season-long seven-match homestand.