FRISCO – For the second straight week the Sam Houston State Bearkats have swept the Southland Conference’s player of the week honors, with Jaclyn Ward and Brooke White each getting the nod in a release by league officials on Monday afternoon.
Ward was named the league’s offensive player of the week, while White was named the defensive player of the week just one week after claiming the offensive honor. Sam Houston has now claimed five of the six available honors in the last three weeks, including last week’s sweep by White and Taylor Cunningham.
It is the first such honor for Ward, the Kats’ setter from Spring, who currently leads the league with 11.46 assists per set in league-only matches. She directed the Bearkat offense to two more wins last week, running the team’s win streak to 10 in a row and keeping Sam Houston in first place in the Southland with a perfect 9-0 record.
Ward averaged 11.78 assists per set in wins over UIW and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, picking up double-doubles in each match and has now dished out at least 50 assists in four of her last five matches.
She led the Kats to a .242 attack percentage for the week and kicked things off with a 51-assist, 15-dig night with a pair of blocks against UIW on Thursday. Ward then carried that momentum over into Saturday in leading the Kats to a five-set win over the Islanders with 55 assists, 11 digs and four blocks.
Meanwhile, White did it both offensively and defensively for the Bearkats last week, just a week after being named the league’s offensive player of the week.
The senior outside hitter had a pair of double-doubles of her own on the week and now has eight for the season. She averaged 4.44 digs per set and reached the 20-dig mark each time out while also averaging 3.22 kills and 0.67 aces per set.
White went for an 11-kill, 20-dig night against UIW where she added a pair of blocks and four service aces. Two days later she turned around and went for 18 kills, 20 digs and another block in a five-set win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. She is averaging 4.03 kills per set in SLC play and 3.62 per set for the year, ranking third in the league.
She surpassed 1,200 career kills over the weekend and is now approaching the 1,000-dig mark for her career with 909 to date.
Ward, White and the rest of the Bearkats will look to keep their momentum going this weekend with a tough road swing at Northwestern State and Central Arkansas. The weekend kicks off against the Demons on Thursday before wrapping up with a noon match against the Sugar Bears on Saturday in Conway.