AU's Crouch tabbed SEC Volleyball Defense Player of Week

AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn volleyball senior libero Liz Crouch earned her second Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week honor of the season, the league office announced Monday. The award is Crouch's third of her career.

"My goal is to go out there for the team and get the job done," Crouch said. "I'm honored to be recognized, but have to give the credit to my team. We are all working together to achieve our goals and I'm happy to be a part of that."

Crouch aided the team to two three-set victories this weekend over SEC West foes Mississippi State and Alabama. The New Orleans product finished the weekend with 34 total digs over six sets for an average of 5.67 digs per set.

In the team's 3-0 win over Mississippi State on Friday, Crouch finished with 14 digs and also dished out four assists against the Bulldogs. Against the Crimson Tide on Saturday, she recorded 20 digs with three assists and two service aces. Crouch's 20 digs versus Alabama marked the third time this season she has had 20 or more digs.

This season, Crouch has tallied double-digit digs in 14 of the 17 matches she has played.

"Liz (Crouch) was very steady for us this weekend," head coach Wade Benson said. "She is well deserving of this honor and we're excited to see her perform again for the team on Wednesday."

In total, Crouch has 236 digs on the season and 1,470 digs in her career. She needs just 26 more digs to surpass Gretchen Thompson as Auburn's all-time digs leader. Thompson, who played at Auburn from 1986-89, finished her career with 1,495 digs.

Auburn hosts a mid-week match against Georgia Wednesday night at the Student Activities Center. The 7 p.m. match will be televised on ESPNU and is Auburn's first televised home match since the 2006 season.