WKU Volleyball: Briggs, Dieudonne earn fourth C-USA weekly awards

DALLAS – WKU Volleyball’s Nadia Dieudonne and Paige Briggs have each been recognized for the fourth time this season as the Conference USA Setter of the Week and Freshman of the Week, respectively, the league office announced Monday. The duo’s week eight contributions helped the No. 24-ranked Lady Toppers to their 17th-straight win while pushing the best start in program history out to 21-1.

Dieudonne did a bit of everything for WKU across the weekend as the Tops climbed to 7-0 in Conference USA action with a pair of sweeps over Middle Tennessee and UTSA. Friday night, the junior transfer delivered a 25-assist, nine-dig, four-kill effort while facilitating the WKU offense to a season-best .442 hitting clip down in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Two days later, Dieudonne recorded 31 assists, five digs, a block, a kill and an ace as WKU swept then third-place UTSA from Diddle Arena. The Louisville, Ky., native led the WKU offense to another scorcher on Sunday as the Tops recorded a .323 hitting percentage. Nearly 44 percent of her sets in the match would end up being WKU kills after 49 percent went down Friday. Dieudonne finished the week with a 9.33 assists per set rate, 2.33 digs per set mark and 1.25 points per set reading, showing her versatility for the Red and White.

Briggs continued her rookie season tear through week eight for the Lady Toppers. She delivered a nine-kill, six-dig, two -ace, two-assist outing at MTSU Friday night, doing a bit of everything for the Tops. She turned around and put on a double-digit kill showing in WKU’s second sweep of the weekend and NCAA-best 15th on the year. Briggs would finish with 10 kills on 25 swings for a .320 clip while adding five digs and a career-high five blocks including a pair of solo stuffs. The freshman finished with 3.17 kills per set, 1.83 digs per set, 0.83 blocks per set and 4.25 points per set as WKU continues to dominate. The Ortonville, Mich., native finished with a .304 hitting clip across WKU’s pair of big wins while finding the floor for 19 kills along the way.

With this week’s awards from Dieudonne and Briggs, WKU has now collected 13 awards through the first eight weeks of distribution. The Lady Toppers are the only team in the league that has earned an award each week and is also the lone squad to have players recognized for each of the four awards.

Stellar performances from both Dieudonne and Briggs helped lead the Lady Toppers to an NCAA-best 21st win with the pair of week eight victories. With 17-straight victories, WKU has also matched the fifth-longest win streak in program history.