Senior Libero Ashley Dusek (pictured) was named All-SEC and SEC Libero of the Year for the third consecutive season. Dusek has helped lead the Wildcats to a 24-3 record, needing just two wins to earn at least a share of the programs first SEC title since 1988. Photo by Keyli Chisesi (Go Big Blue Country).
Senior Libero Ashley Dusek has been a steady leader for the Wildcats during her career and even more so this season. Today, the senior took home her third SEC Libero of the Year honor, in addition to her third All-SEC selection.
Dusek, a native of East Bernard, TX., has recorded double-digit digs in every match she has started this season, including three matches of 20 or more. She missed the first few matches of the season recovering from an injury but she quickly settled back in as the heart and soul of the Wildcats.
She currently ranks seventh in the conference with 4.33 digs per set. Dusek leads the SEC with a 2.45 passing average and a good pass percentage of 65.2 percent.
For her career, she has recorded 10 or more digs in 76 career matches on her way to becoming the fifth player to achieve 1,000 career digs under coach Craig Skinner. Dusek’s 1,472 digs rank third in the 25-point rally scoring era.
Just recently, Dusek was named both the SEC Player and Defensive Player of the Week following strong performances vs. Alabama and Auburn. During the two matches, she averaged 7.14 digs per set, which is well above her 4.33 digs per set average. In the Wildcats win vs. Alabama, Dusek recorded a season-high 28 digs.
Dusek and the Wildcats return to action tonight at Arkansas with match time slated for 8 p.m. ET.