The Iowa volleyball team has begun the season 3-0 and one of the Hawkeyes’ best players was honored Monday for her efforts on the court.
Senior libero Bethany Yeager received her first-ever Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor after leading the Hawkeyes in digs in victories over Wofford, Youngstown State and Coastal Carolina.
Yeager total 79 digs over the three matches and averaged 5.6 digs per set. She tallied 26 digs and three assists in the five-set win over Wofford then improved to 30 digs and six assists in another five-set winner against Youngstown State. Yeager finished off the weekend with 23 digs and five assists and recorded the first kill of her season in the tournament finale against Coastal Carolina on Saturday night.
Iowa leads the Big Ten in digs overall with 248. Yeager’s 79 digs and 5.64 digs per set average are tops in the Big Ten.
The Iowa senior Yeager is the first Hawkeye volleyball player to win the defensive player of the week in the Big Ten since Christina Meister was honored on Sept. 7, 2009. She also is the 16th player to receive a Big Ten weekly award since 1977.
The Hawkeyes return to the court at the Valparaiso Popcorn Classic on Sept. 6-7. The Hawkeyes challenge Rhode Island on Friday night and then take on Eastern Michigan and host Valparaiso on Saturday.