MSU Libero Named SEC Freshman of the Week


STARKVILLE, Miss. (WCBI/MSU Athletics) — A remarkable debut weekend as Mississippi State’s libero has helped Roxanne McVey earn Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week honors after the opening weekend of volleyball competition.

McVey, from Magnolia, Texas, took the early SEC league for digs with 88 scoops during three matches in the Maroon Classic. McVey tallied 21 digs in her first collegiate match, added 25 in Saturday’s win over ULM and concluded the weekend in the Newell-Grissom Building with a school-record 42 digs in the tourney championship match against Kennesaw State. She bettered the previous school record of 39 digs set by Shauna Owens in 1991 against Sam Houston State. For the week, McVey averaged 7.33 digs per set and better than 30 per match.

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It’s the third straight season and fourth overall that a Mississippi State player has earned the league’s weekly honor for freshmen. She joins previous MSU honorees Martina Gregusova (2006), Paris Perret (2010) and Lainey Wyman (2011).

Mississippi State (2-1) makes its 2012 road debut and travels for competition on the West Coast for the second consecutive season with play in this weekend’s Luxe City Center Trojan Invitational. Fifth-ranked Southern California (3-0) hosts the tournament, with No. 23 Northern Iowa (2-1) and Boston College (4-0) joining the Volleyball Bulldogs in Los Angeles for the Labor Day Weekend tournament.