COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M defensive specialist Victoria Arenas has been named both the SEC Player of the Week and the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for volleyball, the Southeastern Conference office announced today. It marks the first time in her career that the senior from Cypress has won either award.
Arenas averaged a team-leading 4.71 digs per set to lead Texas A&M to a 2-0 record last week, including a 3-1 victory over Missouri, which was previously undefeated in SEC play and entered Reed Arena riding a 13-match winning streak.
In the win against the Tigers, Arenas tied for the team lead with a season-high 17 digs and was error-free in 16 service reception attempts. She also had a season-high five assists, and her overall performance directed not only the Aggie defense to a team season-high 78 digs, but she also helped initiate an A&M offense that led Missouri in kills (62-55) and hitting efficiency (.227 to .188).
Arenas also helped lead the Aggies to a sweep at South Carolina, recording a match-high 16 digs, twice as many as the next closest player. As a team, Texas A&M outhit the Gamecocks, .317 to .167 while also leading in kills (48-34) and digs (50-34).
Arenas has now posted double-figure digs in four consecutive matches and is averaging 2.86 digs per set for the full season as well as 3.43 per set in SEC matches only.
Arenas and the Aggies (14-7, 8-2 SEC) return to Reed Arena on Thursday for a rematch against Alabama, which handed the Aggies a 3-2 loss in the SEC season opener in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The rematch, which begins at 6 p.m., marks the start of a season-high four-match homestand, which also includes contests against Tennessee (Nov. 6), Mississippi State (Nov. 11) and Georgia (Nov. 13).