Engle tabbed Big 12 Player of the Week
IRVING, Texas -- Texas freshman outside hitter Ashley Engle has been named Big 12 Conference Player of the Week after posting a 5.00 kills per game average and 4.29 digs per game mark in the Horns' two wins last week. The award is the first of Engle's career and marks the third consecutive week a Texas player has been named conference player of the week.
Engle led No. 8 Texas with a team-high 35 kills and a .319 attack mark last week, notching a career-high 27 kills against Baylor on Nov. 4 and eight kills in Texas' 3-0 sweep of Kansas, Nov. 1.
Against Baylor, Engle posted 27 kills on 48 attempts to lead Texas to a 3-1 comeback victory over the Bears. The Yorba Linda., Calif. native hit at a .396 clip for the match, totaled 17 digs and recorded her 12th kill/dig double-double of the season
Engle posted five kills in game one against the Bears, eight kills in game two and five kills in game three, but saved the best for last, hammering out nine kills on .750 hitting in the final stanza, while adding seven digs.
In the Horns' win over Kansas, Engle registered eight kills, recorded a team-high 13 digs, posted five total blocks and tallied two service aces.
For the week, Engle connected for 35 kills on 72 swings, while totaling 30 digs, six total blocks, three service aces and three assists. The freshman averaged 5.86 points per game last week.
The Big 12 honor is the fourth for a Texas player this season. Freshman outside hitter Destinee Hooker has garnered player of the week honors the past two weeks (Oct. 23 & Oct. 30) and junior setter Michelle Moriarty was named player of the week on Aug. 28.
Engle and the Horns return to action Wednesday, Nov. 8 when they play host to Texas A&M in the State Farm Lone Star Showdown. The match will be televised nationally on CSTV and is scheduled for a 7 p.m. CT first serve.