Slay tabbed Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- After helping the No. 2 Penn State women's volleyball team (22-2, 13-1) extend its winning streak to 13 consecutive matches, senior Katie Slay has earned her first Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor of the 2013 season. Last weekend, Slay guided the Nittany Lions to a pair of Big Ten victories against No. 14 Purdue and Indiana, leading the blocking unit in both outings.

Against No. 14 Purdue, Slay tallied nine kills on .500 hitting, adding one dig and a match-high five blocks. Slay returned to court against Indiana, posting five blocks, including one solo block. She also totaled six kills on 14 errorless swings for a .429 hitting percentage. Slay led the Big Ten with 1.67 blocks per frame on the week, while also ranking fourth in the league with a .467 combined hitting clip.

In the national standings, Slay's 1.60 overall blocks per frame ranks third nationally, while her .407 attacking percentage sits at 23rd in the country. The weekly conference nod brings Slay's career total to eight honors, as she was selected as the Big Ten Player of the Week earlier this season. The defensive laurel is the seventh of her career.

Slay and the rest of Penn State women's volleyball team will hit the road this weekend, traveling to Wisconsin and Minnesota for two road tests. The Nittany Lions square off against the Badgers Friday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. ET, before taking on the Golden Gophers Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8:30 p.m. ET. Saturday's matchup against Minnesota will broadcast live on the Big Ten Network with Mike Wolf and Audrey Flaugh on the call.   

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Last Updated November 15, 2013