FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University sophomore libero Jessica Strader has been selected as the Peach Belt Conference women’s volleyball Specialist of the Week for the week ending Oct. 10.
The Kettering, Ohio, native is the second FMU player to earn a PBC weekly award this year, but the first Patriot to earn the newly created Specialist of the Week honor that recognizes setters and liberoes.
Strader averaged 5.77 digs and 0.38 service aces per game as FMU swept three road matches last week, two of which were PBC contests. She has 20 or more digs in 13 matches this season, a new school and conference record.
During FMU’s recent six-match winning streak, she has recorded at least 23 digs in each of the team’s past four matches.
For the season, Strader leads the Patriots and ranks third in the Peach Belt in digs per game (5.10). She is ninth in the conference in service aces per game (0.42). She has helped lead FMU to a 5-1 start in Peach Belt play, the program’s best start since the 1999 squad opened with eight straight PBC victories.
The 14-7 Patriots will look to extend their winning streak to seven matches when they entertain Newberry College for a non-conference match, Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Strader is a former All-Ohio performer at Chaminade-Julienne Catholic High School.