Sophomore libero Christine Tan (Safety Harbor, Fla.) was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for Monday, Nov. 19. It marks the second time this year that Tan has received Defensive Player of the Week honors, and the fifth time a Golden Gopher has claimed a weekly conference honor.
Tan, who also claimed the honor on Oct. 1, is one of three Golden Gophers to claim Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors since it was established in 2005. Paula Gentil received the honors twice in 2005 and Malama Peniata won it three times in 2006. It is also the seventh time a Golden Gopher has claimed Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week since 2005.
This past week, Tan averaged 6.86 dpg and helped Minnesota limit its two opponents to a combined hitting percentage of .094. She had 27 digs in a four-game victory over Michigan State on Nov. 16, and tallied 21 digs in a three-game sweep against Northwestern on Nov. 17. Tan has also averaged 5.50 dpg during Minnesota’s current four-match Big Ten winning streak.
Tan is fourth in the Big in digs per game at 4.79, and is fourth in digs per game in conference play at 5.03 dpg. She is 21 digs from becoming the third Golden Gopher in school history to record 500 or more digs in a single season.
Minnesota will wrap up the regular-season schedule this week. The Golden Gophers face Michigan State on Friday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. Minnesota will wrap up the regular-season at No. 9 Wisconsin on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m.