FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University junior libero Jessica Strader has been selected as the Peach Belt Conference women’s volleyball Specialist of the Week for the week ending Sept. 18, the second time she has garnered the award in three weeks.
The Kettering, Ohio, native averaged 5.00 digs per game and recorded a team-high 12 service aces during FMU’s three matches last week. Her week was highlighted by a 24-dig performance in a road win at Newberry College and a 12-dig, seven ace showing against seventh-ranked University of Tampa.
She has helped Francis Marion to an 11-5 record, the best 16-match record for the Patriots since 1999. For the season, she leads the PBC in service aces (0.74 per game) and is fifth in digs (4.49 per game).
Strader, who earlier this season surpassed 1,000 digs for her career, has 20 or more digs in five of the 16 matches, this following the 2004 campaign when she set school and conference records for matches with at least 20 digs (17).
It is the third time in her career Strader has earned the Specialist of the Week award, having won the award once in October 2004. She is a former All-Ohio performer at Chaminade-Julienne Catholic High School.