C-USA Names Katie Isenbarger Defensive Player of the Week – WKU Athletics

DALLAS – For the first time since 2017, WKU Volleyball has had two different players earn the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week award in back-to-back weeks as Katie Isenbarger has collected the accolade this week. The Zionsville, Ind., native helped WKU become the first 20-win team in the nation this season as the Hilltoppers picked up two wins in Boca Raton, Fla., this weekend.


Isenbarger racked up 13 blocks across the series win at Florida Atlantic for an average of 1.86 blocks per set in addition to her .545 hitting percentage. The senior middle hitter’s play helped limit the FAU offense to a mere .083 cumulative hitting clip across the weekend.


In Saturday’s series finale, Isenbarger went off for a season-best 11 kills, .688 hitting percentage, eight blocks and 13-errorless serves from behind the line. Isenbarger’s play helped WKU add to both its NCAA-leading road (21) and conference (41) winning streaks over the weekend.


During her rookie campaign in 2018, Isenbarger earned the league’s Freshman of the Week honor – the other weekly honor of her career.


WKU has now seen four players rack up 10 total weekly awards this season.


2021 C-USA Offensive Players of the Week

A30     Lauren Matthews, WKU

S6       Anota Adekunle, Rice

S13     Fernanda Maida, UAB

S20     Rhett Robinson, North Texas

S27     Paige Briggs, WKU

O4      Fernanda Maida, UAB

O11     Lauren Matthews, WKU

O18     Rhett Robinson, North Texas

O25     Sydney Rowan, Charlotte


2021 C-USA Defensive Players of the Week

A30     Destiny Leon, Marshall

S6       Amani McArthur, Charlotte

S13     Henrianna Ibarra, North Texas

S20     McKenzie Johnson, Louisiana Tech

S27     Marley Banton, Middle Tennessee

O4      Olivia De Jesus, Old Dominion

O11     Essence Clerkley, Marshall

O18     Lauren Matthews, WKU

O25     Katie Isenbarger, WKU


2021 C-USA Setters of the Week

A30     Nadia Dieudonne, WKU

Kristen Fritsche, UTEP

S6       Nadia Dieudonne, WKU

S13     Carly Graham, Rice

S20     Teresa Atilano, Old Dominion

S27     Nadia Dieudonne, WKU

O4      Carly Graham, Rice

O11     Nadia Dieudonne, WKU

O18     Nadia Dieudonne, WKU

O25     Carly Graham, Rice


2021 C-USA Freshmen of the Week

A30     Klara Zarnovicka, Florida Atlantic

S6       Ema Uskokovic, UTEP

S13     Ema Uskokovic, UTEP

S20     Myah Conway, Old Dominion

S27     Shaylee Shore, Rice

O4      Andrea Owens, North Texas

O11     Kira Smith, Old Dominion

O18     Andrea Owens, North Texas

O25     Giada Bianchi, FIU


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Players Mentioned

Paige Briggs

#1 Paige Briggs

5′ 10″

Nadia Dieudonne

#2 Nadia Dieudonne

5′ 8″
Fifth Year

Katie Isenbarger

#20 Katie Isenbarger

6′ 0″

Lauren Matthews

#5 Lauren Matthews

6′ 0″