Dec. 2, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Senior Elena Perri has been named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week, it was announced today by the league office. It is the first weekly honor for Perri and the second time this season that a Georgia player was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week.
The Richland, Mich., native led the Bulldogs to a 2-0 record last week that included wins over Auburn and Kennesaw State. The win over Auburn secured a fourth-place finish in the SEC. She led all SEC players with 14 blocks last week, averaging 2.00 blocks per set.
Perri led the team in blocks in both matches last week, posting eight against Auburn (two solo, six assisted) and six against Kennesaw State (one solo, five assisted). Her defensive effort helped the Bulldogs hold its opponents to a .169 hitting clip last week.
The senior has helped Georgia to one of its best seasons in recent history, as the Bulldogs went 22-9 in the regular season, including an 11-7 mark in the SEC. As a result, Georgia clinched a spot in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament for the first time since 2004.
Perri and the Bulldogs will return to action on Friday, Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m., when they travel to Durham, N.C., to take on American University in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament. Should Georgia advance, it will face the winner of the Duke and College of Charleston match on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m.