After earning the most digs by a Seattle University player in a single match in almost four full years, junior Lani Beadle (Seattle, Wash.) has been named the Featured Student-Athlete of the Week on GoSeattleU.com.
Beadle collected 30 defensive digs in the five-set contest against Idaho last Friday, the most in a single match since Shelly Anderson finished with 32 digs against SIU Edwardsville Nov. 15, 2008. It was the ninth consecutive match and the 13th match overall this season in which Beadle has earned at least 10 digs, including six matches with 20 digs or more.
The starting libero throughout the season, Beadle is seventh in the Western Athletic Conference in digs per set for all matches with 3.70. In WAC matches only, she is third in the conference with 4.56 digs per set. Beadle's 30 digs against Idaho were the most in a league match this season and the second-highest total among conference schools in all matches.
"Lani is an extraordinary student and athlete. She has worked very hard both in the classroom and on the court. She has matured as a player since the beginning of the season. While her position doesn't typically get as much recognition or as many accolades, she continues to be a diligent student of the game by doing the necessary work behind the scenes," Seattle U acting head coach Teron Uy said.
In the classroom, Beadle is a double major in international business and humanities and currently carries a 3.776 grade point average. She is the second Seattle U volleyball player to earn the weekly honor this year, as teammate Sarah Jaeckel received the award Sept. 4 after her performance at the Cougar Challenge in Pullman, Wash.
The Seattle University volleyball team will conclude the first half of the conference schedule with a road trip to Louisiana and Texas, first facing Louisiana Tech Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. local time (5 p.m. Pacific time), followed by a Saturday matinee against UT Arlington Saturday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. Central time (12 noon Pacific time).
The Seattle University athletics department names a Featured Student-Athlete each Tuesday based on performances both in the classroom and in competition.