FAYETTEVILLE - After a week that included a career-high performance and a pair of 20-dig efforts, senior libero Emily Helm has been named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week. The Queen Creek, Ariz., native averaged 5.31 digs per set over the course of the Razorbacks' three matches last week and registered a career-best effort with 27 digs against Kansas. This is the second SEC weekly honor of Helm's career at Arkansas.
With her performance during the week, she moved up to fifth place-from 13th-in the conference with 4.38 digs per set. Helm added more than a dig to her season average, increasing from 3.27 to 4.38 digs per set during the week.
Helm paced Arkansas' defense behind the block with 69 digs over three matches with at least 18 digs in each contest. In the first of two five setters against Kansas, she equaled her career best with a match-high 27 digs, the second most by an SEC player in a five-set match this year. Helm followed that effort with 24 digs-five of which came in the final set-in Arkansas' five-set win in Lawrence over the Jayhawks.
Helm tallied at least five digs in nine of the 13 sets played last week, including an 11-dig set against Kansas in Fayetteville and an eight-dig effort at Oklahoma. She finished the match against the Sooners with 18 digs and a season-high two service aces. Helm also equaled her season high with four assists in Arkansas' win at Kansas.
The Razorbacks next compete Sept. 13-14 at the Golden Hurricane Classic in Tulsa, Okla. The field at the tournament features Arkansas, Northern Colorado, Texas State and host Tulsa. Three of the teams-Arkansas, Northern Colorado and Tulsa-advanced to last year's NCAA Tournament. The team will then return to Fayetteville to host the Razorback Invitational (Sept. 20-21) at Barnhill Arena.
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