COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (November 7, 2016) – For the first time in her decorated Colorado State University-Pueblo career, Pack Volleyball senior Katie Burnett (Austin, Texas) has earned Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors. The conference announced Burnett as the recipient of this award Monday.
Burnett led the Pack to a sweep of New Mexico Highlands University and Westminster College last week as the Pack chases its third consecutive RMAC Tournament appearance. Burnett totaled 28 digs in the Pack's five-set win over Highlands. She collected 18 digs and seven assists in four sets against Westminster.
The Pack's libero has put together one of the best statistical seasons in school history in 2016. Burnett shattered the school's career digs record earlier this season and now has a CSU-Pueblo record 1,567 digs. She also set a Pack record with 35 digs in a win over University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Oct. 1.
With an average of 5.10 digs/set, Burnett would set a single-season record. She is likely to break her own single-season digs record against Adams State University Tuesday. The senior enters tomorrow's match 15 digs shy of the single-season digs record (485).
Burnett leads the RMAC with 346 digs in conference play. Her 5.41 digs/set average in conference matches ranks second. She has 18 or more digs in 11 of her last 12 matches.
The Texas native has also been dangerous from the service line. She ranks second in the conference with 0.40 aces/set. Her 37 aces for the season puts Burnett just two away from the Pack record.
"She is our captain and our leader both on and off the court," Head Coach Jill Muhe said. "She anchors of our defense and is currently our lead passer statically at a 2.35 passing average and a perfect pass percentage of 52.6%."
Burnett will lead the Pack into their home finale Tuesday night when Adams State visits Massari Arena. This match will be important for both teams. The ThunderWolves and Grizzlies both have 9-7 RMAC records and stand in a three-way tie for seventh place in the RMAC standings. Only two of those teams will be able to qualify for the RMAC Tournament.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics