Flickinger earns Defensive Player of the Week behind 5.83 digs per set

Flickinger earns Defensive Player of the Week behind 5.83 digs per set

Maryville College's Kaitlyn Flickinger earns USA South Defensive Player of the Week honors after leading the Scots to a 2-1 record last week.

The senior libero tallied 5.83 digs per set on the week, as she recorded more than 20 digs in each contest.

"Kaitlyn had a stellar week of competition," Head Coach Kandis Schram said. "She continues to be a pivotal player for our team on and off the court. Her leadership is an example we continually highlight and ask our athletes to strive for."

Following last week's performance, Flickinger has recorded 18 matches with 20-plush digs in her four-year career. The Knoxville, Tenn. native has held 64 matches with 10 or more digs across that same period.

"It means a lot, just having the opportunity to be out there on the court and do what I love," Flickinger said after being honored for her 1,000th career dig last week. "Defense – that's what I love – so, the digs are meaningful to me. You just have to not care about hitting the floor and know that is your job. You just have to give it all you've got and throw yourself, basically."

The Webb School of Knoxville product has done just that in her career, as her 70-dig week moves her career number to 1,243 digs.

In a tough 3-1 loss to Covenant, Flickinger tied her career high with 28 digs. She had posted 28 against Covenant earlier this season on Sept. 20, as well as against Piedmont College on Oct. 9, 2016.

Flickinger also had six assists during the match.

In a Thursday night bout with Emory & Henry College, Flickinger again led the defense. She helped Maryville to a 3-1 win behind her double-double effort against the Wasps.

The senior tallied 22 digs on the evening to go with 13 assists for a complete match.

Finally, in a 3-1 win over USA South foe Agnes Scott College on Saturday, the libero again recorded a 20-dig effort. She had 20 digs, six assists and a pair of service aces.

"Flick is just an amazing young lady," Schram said after honoring Flickinger on Wednesday. "She's been an anchor for us for multiple years, and she's just as steady as they come. We're going to miss her a lot. She just has a stellar IQ for the court and in the classroom. As a teammate, she's just stellar. She's a rock."

Flickinger will look to help the Scots as they host a trio of home matches on Homecoming weekend.

MC will look to keep their USA South ranking intact, as the Scots currently sit second in the USA South Western Division.

Maryville will face Berea College on Oct. 20 at 4 p.m., before taking on LaGrange College (12 p.m.) and Brevard College (2 p.m.) on Saturday, Oct. 21.