COLLEGE STATION -- Texas A&M middle blocker Jillian Phillips has been named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced today.
The junior from Marble Falls, Texas, paced the league in blocks last week, recording 2.14 per game in matches against Baylor and No. 18 Kansas State. Phillips also led the Aggies with 4.14 points per game and a .444 hitting percentage for the week and was second on the team with 2.86 kills per game.
On Saturday, Phillips had a career-high 10 blocks against K-State, including a career-best three solo, to become the first A&M player to reach double figures in blocks this season. Phillips also posted nine kills while hitting at a .471 clip.
Phillips tied for match-high honors with five blocks in a 3-0 victory at Baylor on Wednesday. She also tallied team-highs of 13.5 points and 11 kills while hitting .421 against the Bears.
Phillips is averaging 1.61 blocks in conference action, earning a second-place ranking among Big 12 leaders.
Phillips earns the conference’s weekly honor for the first time in her career and is the first Aggie to be awarded since the 2005 season (Laura Jones, Nov. 28).
Texas’ Destinee Hook received Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week laurels after averaging 5.43 kills on .431 hitting while tallying a team-high 6.57 points. Hooker also contributed 1.57 digs and 1.29 blocks per contest in the Longhorns’ victories over Texas Tech (3-1) and Colorado (3-0).
Hooker and Phillips go head-to-head Wednesday as Texas and Texas A&M clash in the State Farm Lone Star Showdown in College Station. First serve is at 6:30 p.m. at G. Rollie White Coliseum. The match, which will be televised live by ESPNU, has been designated a “Maroon Out”, and A&M fans are encouraged to wear maroon.