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Kristina Nieves named MAC East Defensive Player of the Week

UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO ATHLETICS

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- University at Buffalo volleyball junior middle blocker Kristina Nieves has been named the MAC East Defensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday afternoon.  The award is the second of the season for Nieves.

Nieves led the Bulls defensively this past weekend as she averaged 1.75 blocks per set as UB split its two matches. Nieves had a double-double in the win over Eastern Michigan as she finished with 11 kills and 10 blocks, including two solo blocks.  She was strong both defensively and offensively as she added 11 kills, hitting .320 for the match.  On Saturday against Central Michigan, Nieves added four more blocks, while she also finished with six kills and no errors, hitting .500 for the night.  On the season, Nieves is averaging just under 1.00 block per set.

This is the second straight week that a UB volleyball player has earned player of the week honors and overall it is the 11 time a Buffalo player has been named player of the week.  In all, the Bulls have won at least one East Player of the Week honor in six of the nine weeks this year.

The Bulls will go back on the road this weekend with a road trip to Miami (OH) and Bowling Green.  First up is the RedHawks on Friday night at 7:00 pm.