Spartanburg, S.C. – Western Carolina senior libero Meagan Sanchez has been named the Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week, league officials announced on Monday.

With the honor, Sanchez becomes the first player ever in SoCon history to win the Defensive Player of the Week award seven times in the same season and just the second to win eight weekly awards in her career, joining Furman’s Meg DeMaar (2014-18).

Sanchez finished last week with 50 digs for an average of 7.14 per set. On Nov. 13 at ETSU, the Bristow, Va. native surpassed the 2,000-career digs mark with a career-high 35 digs in a 3-1 loss. Her previous high was 33 digs, also coming against ETSU on Oct. 22, 2017. On Friday against Samford, Sanchez had 15 digs to lead the Catamounts in a 3-0 setback on Senior Night.

For her career, Sanchez ranks third all-time on WCU’s digs list with 2,036, just the third player to crest 2,000 career digs. Nationally, Sanchez ranks eighth with 5.60 digs per set and 12th with 588 digs on the season.

Western Carolina earned the No. 3 seed in the upcoming Southern Conference Tournament and will face No. 6 seed Mercer in the quarterfinal round on Friday at 7 p.m. at Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium on the campus of Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. The Catamounts swept the season series, downing the Bears 3-2 in Macon on Oct. 4 along with a 3-1 triumph in Cullowhee on Nov. 2.

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