The Dig; The Save – whatever you call it the play can make the momentum shift from one side to the other and make the difference in the game. We’ve taken a look at the stat sheet for D3 Women’s Volleyball and come up with a list of the players making the biggest impact on defense.
Look over our picks, and make your choice for the “Best at the Dig” in D3 Women’s Volleyball.
Voting will close at 7pm on 10/30.
(Stats are for games played through 10/22 per the NCAA website)
Alexis Moore, So./MacMurray
582 total digs (7th)
5.82 digs/set (19th)
With four games remaining on the 2017 schedule, MacMurray sophomore Alexis Moore is approaching the program’s all-time single-season dig mark of 617. Moore has had 16 matches this season with a dig total of 20 or more en route to her 582 total – ranking third in all of D3.
Brittany Eberly, Sr./Valley Forge
6.39 digs/set (5th)
511 digs (32nd)
In the month of September, Valley Forge senior Brittany Eberly was named the USCAA Player of the Week as well as twice receiving Player of the Week honors in the ACAA. During the final week of the month, Eberly averaged 7.40 digs and 1.0 service aces per game, including 39 digs in the 3-1 Valley Forge win over Medgar Evers.
Katie Reitsma, Sr./Minnesota-Morris
650 digs (1st)
5.70 digs/set (23rd)
Minnesota-Morris senior Katie Reitsma returned to the floor this season the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Reitsma opened the season as the UMAC Player of the Week for week one with 83 digs over four contests which included a high of 32 against Luther. This past week she became the all-time leader in career digs for the Cougars after finishing her last match with a 1,980 total. Her 23 digs against UW-Superior lifted total for the year to 650 – now tops in all of D3.
Mia Gill, Jr./Principia
6.85 digs/set (1st)
630 total digs (2nd)
Principia junior Mia Gill notched her third St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week award this year after helping the Panthers to a pair of conference wins and securing a spot in the SLIAC Tournament. Gill averaged 7.8 digs per set over three matches during the week of October 16, including a high of 40 digs in a five-set thriller against Webster.
Jenelle Thompson, Jr./St. Joseph’s (ME)
6.36 digs/set (6th)
572 digs (9th)
Twice this season the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) awarded Saint Joseph’s College junior Jennelle Thompson The GNAC Corvias Women’s Volleyball Libero of the Week, also marking the 12th time in her collegiate career.
Jordan Livingston, Fr./Howard Payne
563 digs (T10th)
5.86 digs/set (17th)
During a recent five-set loss to McMurry, freshman Jordan Livingston set a new Howard Payne program record for digs in a season after her 37 dig performance put her 2017 total at 550.
Kendra Kundinger, Sr./UW-Stevens Point
619 total digs (3rd)
5.84 digs/set (18th)
Senior libero Kendra Kundinger opened the 2017 season with a 37 dig performance against Buena Vista. Since, Kundinger has posted four more 30-plus dig matches for the Pointers.
Mady Ferris, Fr./Knox
5.80 digs/set (20th)
528 digs (21st)
Knox freshman Mady Ferris has posted four matches with over 30 digs for the Prairie Fire, including a 37 dig performance against Macalaster.
Hannah Scott, So./La Roche
5.88 digs/set (15th)
517 digs (27th)
Last season’s Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Newcomer of the Year, La Roche sophomore Hannah Scott was named an AMCC Player to Watch in the preseason, and became the fastest Redhawk to reach 1,000 career digs with a 29 dig performance during a three-game sweep of Thiel.