Brandee Markwith

Redshirt junior libero Brandee Markwith (center).

East Carolina University volleyball team’s redshirt junior libero Brandee Markwith has been awarded the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

ECU Athletics posted a press release about the award, and also mentioned that this is Markwith’s first time winning the award in her collegiate career.

“I’m really honored and grateful to receive this recognition. Honestly, it’s just a testament to my teammates and how much they encourage me from day-to-day,” Markwith said. “Coming off a redshirt year from a back surgery, their love and support means everything. This award goes to our team and our coaching staff for continually pushing me to be my best.”

Markwith averaged 5.44 digs per set through the duration of the Pirate Invitational, where ECU won all three matches in Minges Coliseum.

“In Tuesday’s come-from-behind win against the Wolfpack, Markwith recorded a season-best 32 digs as ECU overcame a two sets to none deficit to down NC State for the first time since 2007. It is the highest single-match dig total among AAC players this season,” the press release stated.

Additionally, Markwith had 12 digs during the match against George Mason University, as well as 17 in the Pirates' match against Norfolk State.

With an 8-1 overall record, Markwith’s contributions on defense have contributed to its nearly perfect record.

The ECU Athletic department declined to comment on her winning of the AAC award.

The East Carolina Women’s volleyball team will face North Carolina Central University at home on Wednesday Sept. 17.

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