Klefot Repeats as SEC Defensive Player of the Week

Sept. 12, 2011

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Junior libero Stephanie Klefot has been named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week it was announced by the league office Monday.

Klefot had another exceptional week for the Blue and White in helping lead UK to a sweep of Louisville and capture the UK Invitational crown. For her efforts, Klefot was named to the UK Invitational All-Tournament team after earning most valuable player accolades and All-Tournament status in the Kentucky Classic a week earlier.

The Wildcats have strung together seven consecutive victories in large part to Klefot's stellar performances. The Louisville, Ky., native charted 69 digs in four matches in Kentucky's four wins this week. With the nearly 70 scoops, she became the 10th player in school history to corral 1,000 career digs.

For the week, Klefot posted a pair of matches with 20 or more digs to run her career total to 16 which include four this season. Klefot leads the SEC with an average of 5.22 digs per set. South Carolina's Paige Wheeler owns the next highest defensive average with 4.88 digs per frame.

Klefot repeats as SEC Defensive Player of the Week after earning the same honor a week ago. She has now won the honor three times in her career.

The Wildcats will return to action Friday and Sunday. UK will begin SEC action with Auburn Friday at 7 p.m. and Georgia on Sunday at 2 p.m. The match with the Bulldogs is slated to air live on CSS.

Kentucky's Memorial Coliseum will play host to the NCAA Regionals Dec. 9-10. UK is one of four sites selected for Sweet 16 and Elite Eight matchups with one team advancing to the Final Four in San Antonio, Texas, from the Lexington Region. Tickets are on sale now through the UK Ticket Office.

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