Kansas volleyball's Brianne Riley named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week

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Brianne Riley set a conference record for digs in a match this week, and she was rewarded as such.

Kansas Jayhawks volleyball junior Brianne Riley was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday.

Riley, a 5'6 libero from Naperville, Ill., earned the honor with a career-high 43 digs for the No. 21 Jayhawks in a 3-2 win Wednesday over the Oklahoma Sooners. The 43 digs set a conference record for digs in a regular-season, five-set match.

Riley is now the only player in school history to have at least 400 digs in three different seasons, and she's done it in her first three seasons on campus.

It's the second Defensive Player of the Week award in Riley's career; the first came earlier this season.

Texas sophomore Haley Eckerman was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week for the fifth time in her career. Oklahoma freshman Julia Doyle was named Big 12 Rookie of the Week.

The Jayhawks take on No. 14 Kansas State on Wednesday. It will be the first time the schools have ever met while both are ranked.

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