Fiegen named defensive player of the week
ELMHURST, Ill. - The Summit League named South Dakota State senior middle blocker Kelli Fiegen its defensive player of the week on Tuesday, after she led the Jackrabbits to a perfect 3-0 record at the Gonzaga Tournament over the weekend.
"Kelli was a major factor offensively as well as defensively for us this weekend," head coach Phil McDaniel said. "Her teammates set solid blocks and she worked very hard to close those blocks. That effort made it difficult for our opponents to find open spaces to attack."
A four-time offensive player of the week selection, Fiegen earns her first career defensive player of the week award after leading the Jackrabbits to a Gonzaga Tournament crown with a 3-0 week, garnering tournament MVP honors in the process.
The Parkston, S.D., native opened the weekend with 11 blocks in a five-set win over Gonzaga, tallied five blocks in the win over Eastern Washington and seven in the victory over UC Riverside. For the week, Fiegen recorded 23 total blocks (20 block assists and 3 solo) and averaged 1.77 blocks per set. She leads the league in total blocks (35) and block assists (29) and ranks second in blocks per set (1.35).