MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (September 28, 2021) – West Virginia University volleyball’s Adrian Ell garnered her first league honors as she was announced the Big 12 Defensive Player of the week on Tuesday for matches played Sept. 24-25.
The fifth-year senior recorded a pair of double-doubles in the Mountaineer’s first-ever season sweep over Oklahoma.
“I thought Adrian had a great weekend against Oklahoma,” said coach Reed Sunahara. “She was good offensively, but even more impressive on the defensive end. She had some timely blocks and dug a lot of balls to help us win two games this past weekend.”
The Cincinnati, Ohio native, recorded a team season-high 21 kills and 11 digs on Friday to record her first Mountaineer double-double. Following the first win, Ell recorded 15 kills and a Mountaineer season-best 19 digs to record her second double-double of the weekend on Saturday.
Turning in a team-high .313 hitting efficiency, Ell averaged 4.50 kills per set for a total of 36 on the weekend. She led the team with 11 blocks and a season-high seven blocks on Friday.
Overall, Ell averaged 1.38 blocks per set and tallied 80 attacks in the squads’ two wins.
Ell ranks fifth in the Big 12 in service aces with an average of .43 per set, and she ranks fifth in points with an average of 4.22 per set.
Offensive Player of the Week
September 28 – Avery Skinner, Baylor, OH, Sr.
Defensive Player of the Week
September 28 – Adrian Ell, West Virginia, S/RS, Sr.
Rookie of the Week
September 28 – Peyton Dunn, Oklahoma, S, Fr.
The Mountaineers (12-1, 2-0 Big 12) travel to Austin, Texas, for a two-match series against No. 1 Texas (9-0, 0-0 Big 12), at Gregory Gymnasium, from Sept. 30-31 … Thursday’s match will begin at 9 p.m. ET, followed by Friday’s match at 8 p.m.