COLUMBUS, Ohio – Defensive specialist Kylie Murr was tabbed as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the second time this season, the conference announced Monday.
The Yorktown, Ind. native tallied 41 digs and averaged 5.86 digs per set after matches against No. 4 Wisconsin and No. 6 Minnesota. She also had a .941 reception percentage with just three errors in 51 attempts.
Murr’s defensive efforts helped Ohio State upset the Badgers in four sets Friday night. She handled 28 serve receptions with only two miscues and posted 19 digs. She also had 23 receptions with only one error and 22 digs versus Minnesota. Murr has recorded double-digit digs in 25 of the 26 matches she has played in and has a .947 reception rate for the season. The freshman currently leads the Big Ten and ranks 29th nationally with 5.02 digs per set.
It was Wisconsin’s first loss in Big Ten play and since Sept. 21, which snapped a 12-match win streak. Ohio State held Wisconsin to a season-low .202 attacking percentage for its first win over the Badgers since Nov. 3, 2017 and the first victory in Columbus since Sept. 27, 2015.
Murr received her first conference accolade on Sept. 23 when she was named Big Ten Defensive Player and Co-Freshman of the Week. Classmate Jenaisya Moore was selected as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week last week on Nov. 4. It is the first time since Audra Appold in 2015 that Ohio State has earned back-to-back rookie laurels.