Menomonee Falls native Catie Fredrich has been honored as Mid-American Conference West Division Defensive Player of the Week, according to Ball State University.
The university's website announced the honor, saying it was "the second time this season, and the sixth time in her career" that Fredrich had received it.
"Fredrich turned in one of the most impressive performances of her career last Friday at Eastern Michigan, dominating all backcourt players with 29 digs in a three-set victory," reported Ball State Sports.com, the university's sports PR site, on Monday.
"The 29 digs helped her move into fifth in program history as she enters the MAC Tournament with 1,350 career digs. She also posted a perfect reception percentage in the match, successfully passing all 19 serves she faced."
She enters tournament play ranked first in digs in the conference. Fredrich is a graduate of Menomonee Falls High School.
She wears a different colored jersey because she is a defensive specialist. You can watch an interview with Fredrich on the Ball State sports site, entitled "Defensive Whiz." The site says it's unusual for a volleyball player of her height to be a defensive player.
According to the university, she is on pace to finish in the top three in digs overall by graduation. Other players cited her "leadership and communication on the floor" as making her a standout on the court.