ATLANTA- Georgia State volleyball’s Celeste Friesen has been named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by the league Monday. Friesen totaled 53 digs in eight sets, to help the Panthers to a 1-1 open to conference play.

Celeste filled up the score sheet with 29 digs, eight assists, and two aces in Georgia State’s win over UL Monroe Friday night. Friesen added 24 digs in only three sets of work on Saturday night. The sophomore from Marietta has been the backbone of the GSU defense, racking up 277 digs and seeing action in all but three sets on the season.

“The libero is really the quarterback of our defense”, said GSU head coach Sally Polhamus. “Celeste’s consistency has been the foundation of our defensive success.” The Panthers rank fourth in the Sun Belt with 891 digs on the season.

The libero’s big week comes on the heels of a 45 dig performance at the GSU Invitational which earned her Georgia State Student Athlete of the Week honors. Friesen is now second in the Sun Belt averaging 5.04 digs per set, and has averaged an outstanding 6.62 assists per set in conference matches. Celeste and the Panthers are back in action this weekend taking on South Alabama and Troy.

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