Petroni Earns Big Sky POW Accolades

Sophomore has one of best defensive performances in school history in 3-1 win over Idaho

After tallying 57 career digs leading into last week, libero Lindsey Petroni nearly doubled that total with 47 in two matches in helping the Eagles to 3-1 wins over Idaho and Sacramento State on Wednesday and Friday (Sept. 30 and Oct. 2), respectively.

The sophomore was then rewarded for her outstanding performances with Big Sky Conference Co-Player of the Week accolades. In doing so, Petroni became the first defensive-focused player in Eastern Washington history to ever earn the award.

Most notably, she tallied 33 digs in the Idaho contest, a total that tied for the seventh-highest in school history. In fact, it tied for the second-most in school annals in a match less than five sets long. That feat also earned her the 17th spot on Eastern's 30-dig club.

Her dig total in that match is also tied for the fifth-most by any NCAA Division I player this year in a contest four sets or fewer (national statistics are through matches played on Sept. 28). It is also the most by any Big Sky player so far in 2009 in a match that did not go the maximum five sets.

The Spokane, Wash., native then followed that up two days later with a solid 14-dig performance in the Big Sky win over the Hornets. For the week, Petroni averaged 5.88 digs per set. She also contributed seven assists and two service aces in the two matches.

Incredibly, every single one of her 57 career digs leading into the UI match had come away from home.

Petroni shared this week's award with Idaho State's Emily Waldron, who had a pair of double-doubles in helping the Bengals to a 2-0 road trip.

She and the Eagles will return to action on Tuesday (Oct. 6) with a 7 p.m. home contest versus Gonzaga.


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