Creighton senior outside hitter Taryn Kloth has been named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday.
Though Kloth was named First Team All-Conference in 2016, and Second Team All-Conference and BIG EAST Championship Most Valuable Player in 2017, it’s the first time in her career the Sioux Falls, S.D., native has been named a Player of the Week by the BIG EAST.
Kloth averaged 5.08 points, 4.50 kills, 1.17 digs, 0.50 blocks and 0.33 aces per set on .440 hitting as No. 10 Creighton (10-4, 2-0 BIG EAST) won all six sets it played to open BIG EAST play.
Kloth had 11 kills, four digs and an ace on .409 hitting as Creighton swept DePaul to open league play. She then had 16 kills, three digs and two blocks on .464 hitting in a sweep over No. 21 Marquette, the preseason league favorite. Kloth had eight kills in the opening set, a 25-17 triumph, that set the tone in the victory.
Kloth is now averaging 4.86 kills per set on .310 hitting in five matches against top-25 competition this fall, and leads the BIG EAST with 218 overall kills.
Witt’s teammate, Brittany Witt, earned a spot on the league’s Honor Roll after averaging 5.00 digs per set during the weekend. The BIG EAST’s Defensive Player of the Week award went to St. John’s Amanda Sanabia, while the Freshman of the Week recognition went to Villanova’s Clare Delaplane.
Creighton will hit the road this weekend for a pair of matches, meeting Butler on Friday at 5 p.m. before visiting Xavier on Saturday at 4 p.m.