LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – In a vote by the Sun Belt Conference coaches, UALR junior Edina Begic won her fourth straight SBC Offensive Player of the Week award. UALR (10-4, 2-0 SBC) began conference play 2-0 for the second consecutive season, winning at South Alabama 25-23, 18-25, 25-21, 27-25 before winning its home opener over Georgia State (20-25, 22-25, 25-16, 25-21, 15-12) on Sunday.
Begic becomes the first player in conference history to win the award in four consecutive weeks, surpassing former FIU player Yarimar Rosa’s three from Sept. 28-Oct. 12, 2012.
To set the new standard, Begic may have had her best weekend of her career. Against South Alabama, she matched a career best 7.75 kills per set (31 kills) for the Trojans. Begic completed the double-double with 12 digs.
According to the AVCA, Begic becomes the first player in NCAA Division I volleyball in 2013 with multiple 30+ kill matches on the season. She also became the first player for the second straight season with 30+ kills in a four set match.
Begic recorded her ninth double-double of the season on Sunday with 23 kills and a team best 18 digs in helping UALR rally from a two set deficit against Georgia State. She also had a career match best six aces, two of which came during the deciding fifth set.
UALR returns to action Wednesday (Oct. 2) when it hosts rival Arkansas State. First serve is set for 7 p.m.