Northwestern State’s Svoboda named Southland Player of the Week

Following a week of setting and then resetting new career high totals, Northwestern State libero Ashlyn Svoboda has been named Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

This is the second weekly award for NSU this year after Reaghan Thompson collected the offensive honor in week one.

In her first season as the Lady Demon libero, Svoboda had a week any four-year starter at the position would be proud of. She collected 115 digs in across five matches for a 5.23 per set average and 23.0 per match average.

In her first game back in over two weeks at Jackson State she set a new career high with 28 digs in NSU’s four-set win for an eye-popping 7.0 digs per set average. She topped that total two matches later with a 29-dig performance in the five-set win against Louisiana Tech.

The sophomore from Friendswood, Texas, fell just one dig short of three straight 20-dig matches within the span of 26 hours after a 26-dig outing against ULM and collecting 19 in the win against Southern.

She helped anchor an NSU defense that led their opponents in digs in all five matches and against ULM totaled 100 digs for the first time in a match since the 2019 season.

On the year, Svoboda has a 4.43 dig per set average, the third highest average in the conference, with 155 total in her eight matches played.

The Lady Demons host Texas Southern in their 2022 home opener on Tuesday night in Prather Coliseum before a pair of conference road games at Lamar, McNeese and UIW later in the week and early next.

Photo: Chris Reich, NSU Photographic Services