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Arneson wins third Southland honor of season
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For the third time this season, Northwestern State volleyball libero Keelie Arneson has been named Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by the league office Monday afternoon.

Arneson led the Lady Demons to a pair of victories last week over Houston Baptist and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to aid in NSU’s five-game win-streak. Her 34 digs in the 3-1 win over the Huskies tied her season-high for the third time this season. She also dished out 12 assists on the week.

“It was another great week for Keelie - winning this for the third time this year shows how impressively consistent she has been,” said fourth year co-head coach Hugh Hernesman. “We had a very different defensive approach against HBU on Thursday so we had to put a lot on her shoulders and she delivered in a big way.”

The Tomball, Texas, native dug up 50 total attacks to collect a 7.14 digs per set average on the week, adding to her 5.21 overall average to lead the Southland and rank top-25 nationally.

“I’ve said this before, but her ability to put our hitters in a position to kill the ball when we’re out of system is so valuable,” said Hernesman. “Then on Saturday, she made the most of her opportunities defensively and didn’t miss in serve receive. Her serve receive numbers for the week were off the charts, so she’s just doing it all right now.”

Arneson continues to shatter the program’s career digs record, surpassing 2004 graduate Cathy Herring’s 1,325 total digs with 1,475 as of Monday. Arneson broke the record on Sept. 17 in a 3-1 win over Southern Mississippi.

The Lady Demons host Lamar on Thursday at seven o’clock and Sam Houston State on Saturday at 2:00, both in Prather Coliseum. This week’s matches have been deemed ‘Dig Pink’ games in honor of breast cancer awareness month.
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