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Rottinghaus named MIAA Defensive Athlete of the Week

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Washburn University senior libero Faith Rottinghaus has been named the MIAA Volleyball Defensive Athlete of the Week, the conference office announced Monday afternoon.

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Rottinghaus, who helped Shawnee Heights win the Class 5A state title in 2016, passed the 2,000 career digs milestone last week as she helped the Ichabods to a 3-1 record at the Mountain Lion Invitational.

Rottinghaus averaged 5.29 digs/set in four matches and scooped up 20 digs against No. 15 Colorado School of Mines to reach the milestone. She was also named to the All-Tournament team and finished the weekend with 74 digs, 57 receptions with zero errors, five service aces with one error in 48 total attempts and eight assists.

Rottinghaus now has 2,005 digs and is 88 away from moving up to second on Washburn's all-time record list. Shawnee Heights product Erica Cowhick (2004-07) is Washburn's career digs record holder with 2,464.

The Ichabods will begin MIAA play this weekend on the road at Fort Hays State (Sept. 17) and No. 3 Nebraska-Kearney (Sept. 18).