Sept. 13, 2010
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn volleyball's senior libero Liz Crouch was named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. The award is the team's first conference honor this season and is Crouch's second of her career.
"I'm really honored to be recognized by the SEC," Crouch said. "I want to do whatever I can to make the team succeed during my final year here. We made great progress this weekend as a team as we go into conference competition and I'm excited to be a part of that progression."
Crouch was named the C of C Classic Most Valuable Player after the team captain led the Tigers to the tournament title. She was the squad's defensive leader as she tallied a team-best 56 digs over the weekend, averaging 5.60 digs per set.
Crouch finished all three of Auburn's matches as the top passer on the court, having 20 digs in the three-set victory over Oregon State and 18 in the matches against College of Charleston and Cincinnati. Her 20 digs against OSU was a season-high and to add to her solid showing this weekend, the back-row player tallied a career-best two kills versus Cincinnati.
"Liz really came into her own this weekend, showing her toughness and her commitment to Auburn volleyball," head coach Wade Benson said. "She proved to everyone the kind of skilled player that she is and, as one of our captains, she is a very important part of the team. Her ability to handle the floor defense during matches and the team's mentality prior to matches is essential to our success this season."
Auburn (9-3) begins SEC competition on the road as the Tigers travel to SEC West foes LSU and Arkansas this coming weekend. Auburn takes on nationally-ranked and defending SEC champion LSU Friday at 7 p.m. in Baton Rouge and then travels to Fayetteville for a 1:30 p.m. match against the Razorbacks on Sunday.