Potts earns defensive Player of the Week, WKU remains No. 29 in polls

Lucas Aulbach

WKU sophomore defensive specialist Ashley Potts was honored as Sun Belt defensive Player of the Week on Monday for the second time this season.

Potts, who has started at libero this season, recorded a total of 41 digs over the course of the two matches this past weekend, including a 25-dig performance in five sets against Arkansas-Little Rock, which tied a career high.

“It’s definitely a privilege to be recognized for defensive play, but it’s all about our team right now,” Potts said. “I’m just happy for our whole defense.”

She said she hopes to keep her digs-per-set average, currently at a Sun Belt-leading 5.05, at the top of the conference for the rest of the season.

“I just keep working my hardest every day,” she said. “I’m definitely going to keep trying to keep my digs up.”

Head Coach Travis Hudson said Potts’ good play on defense has been consistent throughout the season.

“She continues to play at a really high level,” Hudson said. “I know I’m pretty biased but I think she’s the defensive Player of the Week every week from what I see in this league. It’s good to see her get recognized.”

The Lady Toppers were once again recognized in the polls as well. WKU (15-1) was ranked No. 29 in Monday’s American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 poll, the same as last week and the highest in school history.

Hudson said that getting votes in the poll isn’t one of his priorities.

“We’re 2-0 in Sun Belt play, that’s all I’m really focused on now,” he said. “Those rankings are gonna be what they are and it’ll be a little more difficult for us to get noticed now that we’re in conference so it doesn’t concern me.”