Northwestern State’s Burrell, Wesley sweep conference weekly awards

Three wins in three matches, including two conference road victories, resulted in not one but two Southland Conference Player of the Week honors for Northwestern State on Monday.

The dynamic duo of Breanna Burrell and Symone Wesley swept the weekly honors for the Lady Demons with Burrell earning the offensive honor and Wesley picking up NSU’s second straight, third overall, defensive award.

Burrell was a force on the outside for the Demons all week. She had 14 or more kills in each of the three matches, averaging 3.75 kills per set and 15.0 per match.

In the win against Texas Southern, the sophomore established a new career-best hitting percentage of .542 by pounding out 15 kills on 24 swings with just two errors. Her six kills in the fourth set against McNeese on Saturday were instrumental in helping the Lady Demons force the deciding fifth frame.

Burrell has had double-digit kills in each of the past six matches, helping NSU to a 5-1 mark during that time, and leads the team this season with 157 kills and a 2.75 per set average.

Wesley defined what it means to be a six-rotation player on the way to her defensive honor this week.

In addition to her 10.0 kill per match average this week, the senior from Grapevine, Texas was even more impressive on the NSU back line. She averaged 4.92 digs per set and 19.7 per match during the week including matching a career high with 31 in the win at McNeese. She was equally impressive in serve receive, committing just one reception error in nearly 70 opportunities, a .986 percentage for the week.

In one of her best all-around performances of her career, Wesley collected 19 digs and hit .409 (10-1-22), a new career best, in NSU’s four-set win at Lamar.

Wesley ranks second on the team in kills behind Burrell and leads the squad in digs at 217 and is the highest ranked non-defensive player in the conference in digs per set at 3.81.

Following their third straight road match at UIW on Monday, the Lady Demons return to Prather Coliseum for a pair of home conference matches against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Thursday and Houston Christian on Saturday.

Photo: Brad Welborn, Asst. Sports Information Director