NSU’s Wesley named Southland Defensive Player of the Week

Symone Wesley has had an unprecedented defensive season for Northwestern State in 2022. 

That was evidenced once again this week as the outside hitter was named Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this year. 

Wesley is a true six-rotation player and one of the best in the conference and the nation based on numbers alone. This past week se averaged 26.0 digs per match with an equally as impressive 5.20 dig per set average.  

The matches were the seventh and eighth 20-dig performances of the season for Wesley, the second and third in a row and fourth in the past five matches. 

She had two sets in each of NSU’s two wins this past with where she collected seven or more digs. In 80 opportunities between the two matches in serve receive she had just one error, a .987 reception percentage for the week. 

She currently leads the team with 470 digs on the year. That is the most by an outside hitter in the entire nation and the most in a single season by an NSU outside in program history.  

Her 4.32 dig per set average in conference matches this season ranks her fifth in the Southland and the only non-libero in the top 10. Overall on the year she ranks seventh in the league with a 3.95 average, making NSU the only team with two players ranked in the top 10 in digs per set in the conference overall and in league matches. (Ashlyn Svoboda, 4.17 and 4.05). 

Wesley added 10.0 kills per match this week as well and matched a career high with five blocks against Texas A&M-Commerce. She turned in her 10th double-double of the season, 19th of her career, against the Lions in the regular season finale. 

Photo Credit: Chris Reich, NSU Photographic Services