PERU – After just moving into the libero role fulltime this week, sophomore Claire Cudney (Marysville, Kan.) was named the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) Defender of the Week. Heart conference officials announced the honor Monday morning for matches played during the week of Sept. 17.
Cudney had started the fall as an outside hitter, but the Bobcat coaches realized she was as valuable, if not more so, in the defensive position.
During the week, Cudney had 86 digs in 13 sets averaging 6.62 digs per set. In the win over Graceland (Iowa), she finished the game with a match-high 29 digs. Against Benedictine (Kan.), Cudney finished with 25 digs and then on Saturday, she had a game- and career-high 32 digs in the loss at Baker (Kan.).
In addition, Cudney’s service reception rate was nearly 90% as she made 78 of 87 passes for 89.7%. In each match last week, she was also credited for a service ace.
Presently, Cudney is ninth in the Heart in terms of digs per set averaging 4.0 without even playing in the libero position. In addition, she is tenth in the conference with 253 digs. This is in overall play.
In Heart conference action only, Cudney is third in digs per set at 5.9 and is fifth with 124 total digs.
Peru State will be facing three more Heart opponents this week. They will face William Penn in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on Tuesday. Then, this weekend, the Bobcats will host Missouri Valley Friday night at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, at 2 p.m., Evangel (Mo.) will be the opponent.