COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (October 9, 2017) – PuaLehua Keola of the Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball team earned Defensive Player of the Week honors from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Monday. For Keola, this is her first career RMAC award and Pack volleyball's first award of the season.
Keola (Jr., Honolulu, Hawaii) came up with 47 digs over eight sets last weekend. She posted an average of 5.88 digs per set as she led the Pack to a 1-1 record over the week.
Friday, Keola started her weekend with an impressive 31 digs in four sets vs. Colorado Mesa. The 31 digs set a new career-high for Keola, beating her previous best of 20, set Sept. 22 at Black Hills State University. Keola's 31 digs was the most by a Pack student-athlete in a four-set match since Sept.8, 2012. She also dealt out four assists, aced a serve and did not commit a receiving error against the Mavericks.
Keola followed it up Saturday with 16 more digs in the Pack's win over the Mountaineers. She added two assists to lead the Pack to their first home victory.
CSU-Pueblo's libero also put down one of the Pack's 14 service aces. Keola now has an ace and 10 or more digs in each of her last four matches.
In her first season as a starter, Keola has already set career bests with 3.33 digs per set and 190 total digs. Keola's 13 aces also stand as a career high.
Keola will lead the Pack into battle this weekend as they hit the road Friday for a showdown with Steel & Silver trophy rivals University of Colorado Colorado Springs at 7 p.m. The ThunderWolves will wrap up their weekend road trip with a visit to Metro State University of Denver Saturday at 5 p.m.
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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.